Guides

Guides

Our team of world-renowned guides are full-time climbers. Many have historical climbing achievements synonymous with their names. They are a part of Alpine Ascents because they understand and share our climbing principles, and are dedicated to sharing their excellence with others. We encourage you to compare our guide team on a particular mountain with any in the industry.

“Paul Koubek is the rare guide who has it all – the professional certifications, the experience, and a real gift for teaching that makes any climb with him an absolute pleasure. Although Paul has traversed more than 5000 miles across the Antarctic continent and guided mountains around the world, he approached our climb of Carstensz with the same freshness and enthusiasm that I would have expected from someone climbing the mountain for the first time.” – 2018 Climber

“Ben Jones was awesome, I simply could not have asked for a more personable, professional, or competent leader as a guide. His enthusiasm for what he does for a living and how he spends his days was motivating. I unquestionably benefited from his vast experience, everything ranging from gear tips to breathing technique. He’s an exceptional representative for the mountaineering community in general. Fascinating guy who was a lot of fun to be around and learn from.” – 2018 Climber

Guide Staff

Ben Jones

Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

Paul Koubek

Guide: Kilimanjaro, International, Alaska

Carstensz was absolutely other-worldly, a step back in time with barefoot porters and crazy muddy wet jungle trails. The mountain itself was FUN! Thanks, it was a very memorable trip.

Photo: David Morton
Photo: David Morton
Photo: David Morton
Photo: David Morton
Photo: David Morton
Photo: David Morton
Photo: David Morton
Photo: David Morton
Photo: David Morton
Photo: David Morton
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy
Photo: Brien Sheedy

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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