Mount Everest

(29,035ft/8,850m) Nepal

"I have received reports of other teams turning back in mid climb between the South Col ad Summit due to the conditions. So, it makes it all the more impressive that Alpine Ascents has put their team on the top of the world including 18 year old Leanna Shuttleworth... I have spoken over the last several days about 'support systems on Everest'. The major operators like Alpine Ascents, ... demonstrate this every season," - Alan Arnette, alanarnette.com

"I want to thank you for an adventure of a lifetime. As always the staff and logistics of Alpine Ascents exceeded my expectations and I couldn't be more satisfied. A while back you mentioned win-win relationships. My win was a rewarding trip to Mt. Everest. AAI's win (and mine too) is my decision to climb Mt. Elbrus and Carstensz Pyramid to complete the seven summits and trek to Machu Picchu and probably Everest base camp with my wife. As if that wasn't enough, Joe has sold us on a yak tour in Alaska with another couple. Thanks again for everything."- Louis M.

"Just wanted to let you know that I had a fabulous time on Everest and the trip could not have been better.  The guides were all amazing climbers, teachers, and friends.  I felt positive about the climb from beginning to end, and I thank you and everyone at Alpine Ascents for being a part of that.  I also thank you for putting together such a competent and skilled team of guides and Sherpa, that helped me get to the top. Each day and each step was important, and I will take the memories with me forever.  Many thanks and all the best.

Climbing with Alpine Ascents was the best decision I made, and I could not have been more pleased. You may pay more than some of the other companies, but I think you get more. The client-to-guide ratio was low, so there was always someone covering your backside. The experience level of the guides and the Sherpa team was very high, with many Everest summits between them. The tents, food, equipment, and technology were top notch, as well as the relay of information that was passed along to friends and family back home. Most of us only have one shot at Everest. Why not give it the best shot that you can?" - Lori Schneider, Everest Summiter, interviewed on OutsideOnline.com

"Many thanks for organizing the expedition. It was a fantastic experience! I am looking forward to climbing with AAI on other mountains." Philippe H.

"Thanks so much to all of you at AAI for making my dream of making the Seven Summits come true, I could not have accomplished this feat without the support of the entire team especially the guides and Sherpas. " Kay L.

"I must say that Alpine Ascents International once again proved that it's the best guiding company on the mountain." Chris T.

"Could I take this opportunity to thank all at Alpine Ascents for a great Everest climb. Dave and Vern were fantastic throughout, I doubt there's a better guiding duo and company on the planet. I shall certainly be climbing with Alpine Ascents for the foreseable future. When I heard Dave was guiding on Carstenz, my interest increased 10 fold, will let you know, thanks again for providing a first class expedition, Alistair Sutcliffe."

"Fantastic experience for me.  Success is wonderful.  Lakpa and Vern made a shrewd weather call that allowed us to proceed to the summit.  Outstanding leadership, safety is a big deal in my book" Justin A.

"Finally, there are the much-quoted $65,000 slots, with a couple of high-profile outfitters. I've gotten to know one of them, Alpine Ascents, quite well here at base camp, and have to admit, if I could afford it, I'd probably go for it. Cynics would argue that I'm saying this because I've gobbled up so much of Alpine Ascent's tea cake up here, but for a climber, to be able to climb with mountaineering legends like Vern Tejas or Willi Prittie is an experience akin to painting with Picasso or golfing with Palmer. In some cases, if you can afford it, 65 grand is not an overwhelming price to climb with the best. Now if you'll excuse me, I think Alpine Ascents is serving tea."-Finn Olaf Jones, Discovery.com

"The trip was superbly organized from start to finish, with superior facilities and support throughout. The climbing strategy, based on the guiding team's extensive knowledge of the mountain, resulted in a highly successful and safe summit bid." -Matt H.

Letter from an Everest Climber

Todd Burleson
Alpine Ascents
Seattle, WA

Dear Todd,

I have to write a short note to you complementing you on your excellent group of employees on the 2002 Everest Expedition.  With such a large logistical problem at hand the only solution is a group of talented, hard working people that can overcome obstacles.

Collectively and individually the guides excelled at their jobs, and many times went the extra mile to make things happen.  Willi, Vern and Luis have a wealth of experience and were willing to share their knowledge and skills to give us a safe and educational trip.  Mike and Jose Luis made every effort to keep us out of harms way.  The Sherpa were without peers as a group and Lhakpa personally ensured each of the climbers were looked after with expertise.  Ong Chou is without question a large part of our success as he kept us well fed and healthy during our time at Base Camp.

As you know the trip was a huge success.  I can remember you and I having lunch a year ago in Talkeetna and your words were: "If you want the best chance at the summit, and the safest trip possible, it would be smart to choose Alpine Ascents International."  You were right and I am glad I made the decision to go with you,

Thanks for the awesome experience and Kudos to the entire crew!!

Sincerely, Cleve