Excellent. The guides were friendly and pleasant while clearly leading the party with authority. I enjoy the fact that they were not condescending to the climbers. As leaders, they communicated effectively with the climbers regarding itinerary, route, what to expect on the climb and safety. Strengths are the quality of the guides, the planning and logistics, the excellent teaching and communication and the focus on safety. I did not see any clear weaknesses.
Why Climb Mont Blanc with Alpine Ascents?
Climb Two Peaks - 9 Day Program
Program includes summit attempts of both Mont Blanc and Aguille Du Tour. Program has an extra day to summit Mt. Blanc if needed.
Experience and Safety
Alpine Ascents has the best Safety record in the business and our 20 years of guiding experience on the highest mountains in the world. Our intent is to provide the same level of quality, service, safety and environmental stewardship that has been our trademark throughout the guiding community.
We are pleased to have Jonathon Spitzer, an IFMGA/UIAGM as our Lead Guide. He also guides for us throughout the world. In addition to Jonathon, we employ top IFMGA/UIAGM guides who consistently make the expedition enjoyable, enriching and extremely educational. See full bio here.
During the summit climb portion of the trip we have a ratio of one guide for every two climbers. You will have more individualized instruction, great assistance on summit day and overall higher success and safety is increased. This 2:1 ratio makes for practically a private guiding experience.
You don’t have to worry about paying for you huts fees, breakfast and dinners at the huts, trams/lift passes and lodging in Chamonix. This trip is all inclusive! (Most outfitters do not include these expensive fees).
In 2015, a year of challenging conditions and route closures, 6 climbers summited Mont Blanc with us and most of our climbers this year went on to summit surrounding peaks. We have had excellent summit success in the past few years: 15 climbers in 2014 and 14 climbers in 2013. All climbs were led by Jonathon Spitzer and our team of IFMGA/UIAGM certified guides.
Our guides have experience climbing in the Alps and will constantly monitor the climb route on Mont Blanc.
This is a major part of our program. Lack of the acclimatization process is the main reason why many climbers don’t summit Mont Blanc. We help eliminate this by acclimatizing properly. We spending multiple nights at huts, slowly increasing the altitude that we spend time in. This drastically increase the success rate of summiting.
One of the most important factors in the success and enjoyment for our climbers has been the ability to adjust our climbing schedules as needed to account for the ever-changing conditions in the mountains.
Training and Education
Climbers will learn proper glacier travel, ice axe arrest, crampons, rope travel techniques and many other skills during this course. We help give you “the climber” skills and education to help that mountain and at all times will receive helpful coaching tips.
Alpine Ascents provides family and friends the opportunity to follow our climbs as they proceed. Utilizing state-of-the art technology, we receive regular dispatches from the climbers and post them on our web site. Not only does one feel the excitement of watching a team as it moves up the mountain, the archived cybercasts provide an excellent resource and learning tool when researching expeditions. Enjoy the show!