Guides

Guides

Guides include legendary Polar guide Vern Tejas, who has successfully guided Vinson more than anyone. Joining Vern (based on group size), or leading trips as well, are guides extraordinaire Lakpa Rita Sherpa and Sam Hennessy.

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

Ben Jones

Ben Thumb
Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

Lakpa Rita Sherpa

Sherpa
Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

Jangbu Sherpa

Jangbu Sherpa Fi
Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Vern Tejas

Vern Tejas Thumb
Guide: International, Washington, Alaska

This expedition was by far the best experience I’ve had while on a climb. Antarctica is a magical place, and Alpine Ascents delivered that each day we were there.

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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