Guides

    Guides

    Our guides include 7 summits guide and 6 time Everest summiteer, Ben Jones and legendary polar guide Vern Tejas, who has successfully guided Vinson more than anyone, often with a guitar in tow.  Rounding out our team is Everest guide extraordinaire, Jangbu Sherpa;  renowned alpinist, Sam Hennessey, and renaissance guide Arielle Todd, who guides trips for Alpine Ascents from Denali to Aconcagua and many spots in between.

    Our guides are medically trained (avalanche certification and Wilderness First Responder or EMT-certified, and LNT-trained) and have experience guiding in the Antarctic and other extreme climbing environments. This quality of our guide staff has been the hallmark of our acknowledged expertise. We strive to educate climbers on each and every expedition, an area in which we can excel more than most outfitters. When we say “educate,” we mean safe, resourceful, successful, sensitive climbers with a real appreciation for wild places and the cultures that inhabit them. This is truly part of the Alpine Ascents difference.

    Guide Staff

    Sam Hennessey

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    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    Ben Jones

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    Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

    Jangbu Sherpa

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    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    Vern Tejas

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    Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

    Arielle Todd

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    Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

    I really enjoyed the expedition. Food was great, leadership was excellent and we had fun. Good decisions were taken, they were well explained. Everything was smooth. Great people. Sometimes, great mountaineers are not great guides. These two guys were great mountaineers and great guides.

    Disembarking on the ice from our Illuyshin 76 private jet. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Moving to Base Camp from our Twin Otter landing strip. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Neighboring Mount Shinn from High Camp. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    High Camp. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Summit Ridge. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Vinson Summit. Lakpa Rita Sherpa becomes the first Sherpa to summit Mount Vinson, and the Seven Summits. Photo: Andy Tyson
    Plenty of daylight. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Climbing towards summit ridge. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Ralaxing at Union Glacier Camp. Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska
    Mount Vinson, Antarctica. Photo: Monika Witkowska

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