Why Climb with Us

Why Climb Mount Baker with Alpine Ascents?

Great experience, all the way around. As with any AAI expedition, the program was very well thought out and executed. The guides were amazing, and very accommodating towards the entire group. Definitely a first-class operation, which is why I decided to come back in the first place. -2019 Climber

  • 35 lbs. pack weight, as we keep much of the gear at camp along with tents and stoves
  • Cooking/dining tent at BC
  • 3:1 climber to guide ratio
  • Near 30 years of experience guiding on Mt. Baker
  • Includes transportation between our Seattle office and the mountain as wel
  • Full list of inclusions here)

Climber/Group Gear at Camp

Climber Gear

  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • Foam Pad
  • Bear canister (shared with tent partner>

Group Gear

  • Tents
  • Stoves & fuel
  • All cooking equipment
  • Cook tent. We are possibly the only company that uses a cook tent. Others eat in tent or outside in the weather
  • All climbing hardward (ropes, pickets, ice screws, shovels, etc.
  • Medical and rescue equipment at camp, ready in case of emergency

Schedule Flexibility

Important to success and enjoyment for our climbers is the ability to adjust our climbing schedules as needed to account for ever-changing mountain conditions. Rather than throwing up our hands and ending an expedition when a route may become unclimbable, we treat these situations as challenges and, thanks to our experience and local expertise, we can change locations mid-expedition if necessary and offer alternate climbs and adventures. When such occasions have arisen, our climbers regularly praise these adjustments as highlights of their expeditions.

Experience

We have been running successful expeditions around the world since 1986. Our familiarity with the region, our expertise and our knowledge of climbing around the world lend a depth and richness to every expedition that we feel is unrivaled in the guiding community. This expertise is based upon years of accumulated experience—not just of our individual mountain guides, but through our experience on particular mountains where we fine-tune our knowledge of details over time. We maintain a process of multi-level and critical evaluations after each expedition. Innovations like daily weather reports, established season-long base camps, environmental pioneering, and operating our trips with small climber-to-guide ratios led by Alpine Ascents guides are just some of the factors that keep us in the forefront

Environmental Awareness

We believe that most of the guiding world is eco-friendly, but taking leadership in environmental matters can be costly and present obstacles. Pioneering the use of Wag Bags© in the Cascades, officially partnering with Leave No Trace for over 10 years, and removing trash from Everest, Aconcagua, and Kilimanjaro are a few of the efforts that we make that demonstrate our leadership of environmental clean-up efforts. More than simply being the right thing to do, or a marketing angle, we genuinely look to keep the mountains and wilds clean because this is our second home (first home for many guides), and we want to return each year to pristine environments. Environmental leadership is axiomatic— yesterday’s ideas are simply not good enough. We constantly challenge ourselves by asking, “What’s next? What more can we do? Is this really helping?”

Leave No Trace principles are fundamental to our program, and we encourage all who climb and trek with us to understand proper wilderness practices. We help facilitate this effort by passing on Leave No Trace training and literature to every Alpine Ascents climber.

It was incredible! Start to finish, I found this adventure to be satisfying, rewarding and enjoyable. Yes, absolutely. I felt that the initial instruction/overview at the trailhead was direct and instilled confidence that I was in good hands and that we had a plan for us to be successful and to enjoy ourselves throughout the trek.

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