Why Climb Mount Rainier With Us
I am sure everyone agrees that your guides are the biggest strength. We had a very diverse group – different ages, abilities, gender, culture etc. Having a guide group similarly diverse made a huge difference. All the guides were patient and took time to explain things, get to know the climbers, and connect with the climbers. – 2021 Climber
Absolutely first class operation! All website information, including written material and videos, was very helpful and relevant. Staff in the office were also very helpful when I called to ask questions. I had a very positive experience and am grateful to Alpine Ascents for all your efforts. – 2021 Climber
Quality of Our Climbs
Alpine Ascents has taken a unique approach to climbing Mount Rainier. Our summit climbs and training programs are oriented not only toward summit success, but also toward giving you instruction in mountaineering techniques that you can use wherever you chose to climb. Our dedication to teaching sound mountaineering practices such as Leave No Trace, as well as providing you a better understanding of geology, glaciology, and safe climbing, are the cornerstone of our company.
Alpine Ascents has over 30 years experience guiding the world’s highest mountains and 15+ years of experience guiding on Mount Rainier. From our inception in 1986, the founder, senior administrative staff, and several senior guides are still working with Alpine Ascents and leading trips around 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.
Our guiding team is composed of world-renowned guides and full-time professional climbers. While some of these guides have historical climbing achievements synonymous with their names, others are well known for their guiding and teaching experience. A number of our guides have been recipients of coveted climbing awards and scholarships. 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. We are particularly proud of the long tenure many of our guides have at Alpine Ascents, with a handful of veterans that have worked with us for most of their careers. The quality of our guide staff is the primary difference between us and our competitors. The role of an Alpine Ascents guide is to impart knowledge, use calculated judgment, and assist individual climber development. Our guides are experienced educators who evaluate their strengths by monitoring climbers’ achievements. Thus, we stress our acute ability to provide students and expedition members with personal attention, realizing the commitment to assist each climber in obtaining his or her goals.
The guides to me felt world class. The entire 3 days felt so beautifully orchestrated as far as their teaching, discussions, updates, and guidance. So glad I chose to do this life changing trip with AAI.
– 2019 Climber
Everything was just wonderful. I realize many aspects of a climb can’t be controlled (like weather!) but everything, from the weather, to the quality and friendliness of our guides, to the kindness of our fellow climbers, was outstanding.