Guides

Guides

Our guiding team is composed of world-renowned guides and full-time professional climbers. Many of these guides have historical climbing achievements synonymous with their names. They are part of Alpine Ascents because they understand and share our climbing principles. These individuals are dedicated to sharing their excellence with others. The role of an Alpine Ascents guide is to impart knowledge, use calculated judgment and assist with individual climber development. Our guides are experienced educators who evaluate their strengths by the achievements of their climbers. Ben Jones and Lakpa Rita Sherpa guided our 2013 and 2014 teams to the summit and they look to do the same in 2015.

Guide Staff

Ben Jones

Ben Thumb
Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

Enjoy would be an understatement! It was an exceptional expedition and could not have been more streamlined. The experience could not have been better! The guides were outstanding.

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Puffy

    Down Fill-Weight vs. Down Fill-Power: Why the Latter Doesn’t Matter

    How exactly can you shop for a down jacket…and be confident it’s going to be warm enough? Here, we break down one aspect of down jacket selection. Alternatively, check out the insulation we offer for men and women, and email us with your questions. How much down is in this jacket? The key question to […]

  • Boots for Mount Rainier: Singles or Doubles?

    Easily the most common question we are asked is, “What kind of boots will I wear on my Rainier climb?” Here, we break down how we decide. Two Boot Types We use two main types of boots in Washington’s Cascades Range, which includes Mount Rainier and Mount Baker among other peaks: double boots and single […]

  • Bigr

    The Notebook: When Should I Climb Rainier?

    Alpine Ascents climbs Mount Rainier from May through September. We are often asked which dates to choose, so here we break down the merits of each month. Mount Rainier’s Climbing Season(s) Mount Rainier can be climbed year-round. For climbers willing to adventure, even the more challenging shoulder seasons can provide interesting climbing or skiing. A […]

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Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
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