Unique to Alpine Ascents, each scheduled climb is led by a professional mountain guide. In many cases guides have been in the field for 10+ years and in addition to their expertise on Kilimanjaro, also lead expeditions to great peaks around the world. Most of these guides have climbed 8000m meter peaks and have 25-50 Kilimanjaro trips under their belts and have vast medical experience. (All are WFR certified!) You will benefit greatly from the leadership, experience and teaching your Western guide will offer on this challenging adventure.
Tanzanian Lead Guide Staff
Our lead Tanzanian guides are selected exclusively based on experience and training. They must meet strict standards for proven leadership, mountain experience, medical training, client care and English language skills. Each lead guide has a minimum of 15 years personal experience, and minimum 5 years and 25 trips working with Alpine Ascents groups, alongside one of our professional Western guides from North America. They understand and practice our high standards for safety, leadership and teaching, one to one client care, and high success rates.
Assistant guides have a minimum 4 years experience, and demonstrate the ability to become lead guides, while mentoring over several years, gaining invaluable experience.
Senior Guide Staff
Strengths > clearly a premium, first class adventure. As an experienced mountaineer, this was the most “luxurious” trip I’ve undertaken. Dining tents at lunch and dinner; camp set-up and take-down, etc. (this is stuff I usually expect to do myself!). Cuisine throughout was good and varied. I actually gained a few pounds on my return […]
ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG
We periodically like to spotlight a product we really, really like- in this case, the MSR Access series of tents, reviewed & vetted in the field by our staff. The Quick Review – MSR Access 3 Tent The good: extremely light (sub-4 lbs.), extremely packable (disappears into a pack like a single-wall tent), extremely livable […]
The following is the first in a series of “how-to” videos on the major knots and hitches we use in the mountains. Stay tuned for more videos on knots like the figure-8, double-fisherman, ring bend- and hitches like the muenter & prussik! Most often used when clipping into the middle of a section of rope, […]
When packing for a climbing trip or expedition, choosing a cooking system can be one of the most complicated aspects of planning. As we explored in Backcountry stoves 101, there are many options for kinds of stove to bring – but how do you decide which style is best for a given trip? Ultimately, the […]
WHY BOOK WITH ALPINE ASCENTS
Knowledge & Expertise
Alpine Ascents International leads expeditions that have become benchmarks of quality in the climbing community. We operate what we believe is the finest mountaineering school in the country. This expertise is based upon years of accumulated experience-not just from individual mountain guides, but through experience on particular mountains where details are fine-tuned over time.
Our guides are an integral part of Alpine Ascents because they understand and share our climbing principles. These individuals are dedicated to sharing their excellence with others. Many of our guides have been with Alpine Ascents for over five years, with a handful of veterans working with us for most of their careers. The quality of our Guide Staff is the primary difference between us and our competitors.
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.