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Why Climb with Us

Experience and Safety

Alpine Ascents has the best safety record in the business and 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.

Some of the keys to our continued success:

Guides

We are pleased to have Jonathon Spitzer, an IFMGA/UIAGM certified guide, 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.

Guide Ratio

During the summit climb portion of the trip we provide 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. This 2:1 ratio makes for practically a private guiding experience.

All Inclusive

You don’t have to worry about paying for your hut fees, breakfasts or dinners at the huts, trams/lift passes, or lodging in Chamonix. This trip is all inclusive! (Most outfitters do not include these expensive fees.)

Route Selection

Our guides have experience climbing in the Alps and will constantly monitor the climb route on The Eiger.

Flexible Schedule

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 climber skills, education, and helpful coaching tips to help you climb the mountain.

Even when things didn’t go as planned last year because of weather, Jonathon showed grace under fire. Jonathon and Lee lived up to their reputations again this year. As always, they were safe, professional, knowledgeable and patient.

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

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Partners & Accreditations

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