Alaska Alpine Rock Course

Image courtesy of Dave Anderson

My overall opinion is that the program was First Rate! One of the best experiences of my life. My guides are both top people, you are very fortunate to have such individuals working with you. -Eric K.

Course Overview
The area known as Little Switzerland on the edge of the vast Kahiltna glacier offers and outstanding opportunity to climb multi-pitch rock and snow routes in an unparalleled alpine mountain setting.

This expedition is comprised of a series of rock climbs and is designed for the mountaineer interested in advancing their alpine rock skills, while taking on some formidable challenges. Our guides review basics and then take advantage of the numerous peaks in the range. Climbs can include such peaks as The Troll, The Throne, The Munchkin, Royal Tower and Crown Jewel. This expedition also has the advantage of maintaining a base camp a short distance from our objectives. We cannot overstate the potential and beauty of this region: Little Switzerland is a unique and little-accessed area.

Physical Conditioning
In the best interest of personal safety, success and team compatibility, adequate training and excellent physical condition are required. Camping skills and Basic rock skills including: belaying, rappelling, anchor construction and multi pitch techniques are required. (Alpine Ascents offers a 5 day rock course in the Cascades.) Climbers need to be in excellent physical condition for both personal enjoyment and to be an integral team member. We encourage you to contact us so that we may assist you in developing a training program that meets your particular needs. Comprehensive training information can be found here.

Environmental Responsibility
Alpine Ascents is deeply committed to maintaining ecosystems at home and around the world. With each expedition, trek and course, we not only attempt to leave the environment as we found it, but strive to assist the local population in protecting the land and people indigenous to that region. Alpine Ascents reaches for the highest ethical business practices at home and abroad. Each staff member is dedicated to environmentally sound alpine ascents.

Environmental stewardship remains one of our core values, and we take Leave No Trace ethics and practices seriously. The mountains are our home and we are unwilling to sacrifice their preservation for human objectives. On every one of our courses and climbs, we teach and follow the environmentally appropriate Leave No Trace principles and practices.

Our commitment to environmental stewardship can be seen on our programs around the world. Over the years, with the assistance of our Sherpa teams, we have stepped up efforts to clean Mt. Everest. Our Wag Bag® program made a pioneering step in human waste management for the National Park System and Forest Service in the North Cascades. On Aconcagua and Mount Vinson, we pioneered a waste removal system on our climbs, utilizing the WAG Bag® system. And we continue our maintenance and minimal impact plans wherever we guide. We believe that given the proper information, most people will do all they can to help protect and maintain the environment.

Alpine Ascents is committed to developing safe, self-reliant and environmentally conscious mountaineers.

Private Groups
We regularly organize private climbs for individuals, corporate groups, families and friends. We encourage you to book these climbs early, to help us be better able to fit these climbs to group-specific desires. Contact us to further discuss the benefits of private courses.

These courses take place in Denali National Park and throughout the Alaska Range. We utilize a variety of locations to distribute land use and provide pristine, less populated environs for our training. It also enables us to take advantage of the best possible mountain conditions for each course.

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized concessioner of Denali National Park.

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