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

Ben Thumb
Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

Paul Koubek

Koubek 1
Guide: Kilimanjaro, International, Alaska

The trip was great! I can honestly say that this trip was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done physically and ranks pretty high up there in terms of mental challenges, too. The jungle is formidable, to say the least. I really feel privileged to have been on this trip with our team and guides. […]

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

  • Capture

    Gear Review: Fozzils Bowls

    By Mike Hawkins It has been a long day – one of the most demanding climbing days you have ever experienced. Your legs are wrecked. Your back is sore and you have small bruises on your hips from your hipbelt. You have sunscreen caked into every nook and cranny, but even that didn’t keep you […]

  • Selecting A Crampon

    Gear Review: The North Face Phantom 50 pack

    By Mike Hawkins “Man, this is a really great pack…” I said it over and over for months until my wife had finally had enough of it. She had to get one for herself.  While 50 liters is a little small for most multi-day mountaineering and winter ski tours, the small size is plenty versatile […]

  • Kick Cold To The Curb: Keep Your Hands And Feet Warm On Your Climb

    Kick Cold to the Curb: Keep Your Hands and Feet Warm on Your Climb

    By Val Peckarsky Regardless of past matrimonial experiences, we have all experienced cold feet at one point or another. As mountaineers, with our penchant for traveling willingly into extreme conditions at high altitudes, we frequently find ourselves on the frontlines of the battle against allowing our extremities to become too cold. Cold-related injuries vary greatly […]

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