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

    Fantastic expedition. Everything one might ask for from hair raising flights to jungle bushwhacking to cliff hanging. Full-on adventure. Excellent guides. And an unforgettable experience.

    Photo: David Morton
    Photo: David Morton
    Photo: David Morton
    Photo: David Morton
    Photo: David Morton
    Photo: David Morton
    Photo: David Morton
    Photo: David Morton
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    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

    • Guide Skills: Mentorship in Guiding

      By Trevor Husted  As part of our Guide Skills Development Series, this next post focuses on the importance of mentorship in guiding and where to find it.  Look into the origins of the word mentor and you will find links to Greek Mythology, more specifically Homer’s poem “The Odyssey.” In this epic, Odysseus goes off […]

    • Find your people. Find your community.

      by Liane Lau Arriving to the Alpine Ascents Seattle Office at 0630 for gear check – made me question my life choices. To be an effective mountaineer, you should be a combination of a marathon runner, a weight-lifter, and a climber. I am none of those things. I don’t even particularly like those things. The […]

    • Plants of Washington and their Native Roots

      By Kate Keith-Simms Plants provide invaluable insight not only to the spaces they inhabit, but also to those who live upon the land. Since time immemorial, Native American communities have foraged, hunted, and thrived on the resources the land offers. This is a short pick of a few plants of Washington used by specific Native […]

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