About the AAI Shop & Staff

Located in Bellingham Washington, The Equipment Shop at the American Alpine Institute has been fulfilling the specialty gear needs of climbers, skiers, and hikers locally and around the world for more than 25 years. At The Equipment Shop we are dedicated to carrying only the best outdoor clothing and equipment for all types of backcountry activities. Many of the products carried by the Equipment Shop go through extensive field-testing by AAI guides, and only items that meet our expectations are carried in our shop and recommended to clients who are participating in our courses. With this process you can be assured that you are getting the best recommendations for the highest quality, top-of-the-line gear for your next big outdoor adventure.


Equipment Shop Staff 

Richard Riquelme: Equipment Services Manager and Guide

Richard Riqueleme

Richard has been guiding and working in the AAI Shop since 2005. His primary job is to ensure that all the equipment needs of the AAI climbing programs and guide services activities are met in 6 states and 16 countries. He also enjoys advising climbers on their selection of personal equipment for domestic and foreign programs. Richard's climbing and skiing has taken him throughout Chile, Peru, and Argentina as well as to the US, Canada, and Europe. He has extensive experience in search and rescue operations. He has been guiding professionally since 1993 and for AAI since 2006. He is proficient in German and a native speaker of Spanish. AIARE Level 1 & 2 Avalanche Lead Instructor, AMGA SPI Certified, and Leave No Trace Master Educator. His academic training is in metallurgical engineering. 

Tom Anastasio: Equipment Specialist

Tom has been with AAI since 2012, selling gear and outfitting clients for climbs. His previous 8 year stint with a large national outfitter gave him a wealth of gear knowledge that he uses to help outfit clients for courses. An avid hiker and outdoorsman, Tom is relatively new to mountaineering. He has summited Mount Baker with AAI four times out of five attempts. Outside of AAI Tom is a professional bassist, performing and recording in many musical styles.

Christian Schraegle: Equipment Specialist

Bryan Jones: Equipment Specialist