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    Alpine Ascents Schools

    The Alpine Ascents Mountaineering School (AAMS), operating in the North Cascades, the Alaska Range and on Mount Rainier, consists of highly specialized training courses designed for individuals who desire to become competent alpinists. It is widely considered the finest alpine climbing program offered in the United States. For over thirty years, Alpine Ascents has assisted climbers in developing their alpine mountaineering skills with outstanding success. Our intensive programs will increase students’ climbing expertise while allowing time to enjoy the splendors of the surrounding mountain wilderness. Many of our AAMS graduates have gone on to become excellent climbers. Some of the greatest compliments Alpine Ascents has received have come not only from our students, but from guides throughout the climbing community, who are “thrilled to have former students” as their climbing partners.

    Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming Denali expedition or want to learn the essential skills to weekend warrior on glaciated peaks with friends, we have a full line-up of courses to help you achieve your mountain goals. We invite you to view the webinar below, where alpine educator Brooke Warren outlined our various mountaineering courses – What’s the difference between the 8, 9, and 10 day Course? What’s the advantage of a course over a shorter summit climb? She covered everything you need to know to be top of the class including pre-trip reading, meal planning, and picking your gear, so you can arrive feeling confident and ready to learn. As is our custom, we had a Q&A session and answered some fantastic queries in real time. You can watch the full recording below.

    Yes, I enjoyed the course and it exceeded my expectations in every way. After completing it, I feel 100% confident on using the skills I learned and would be ready to use them on future climbs. I couldn’t have asked for better guides, and their teaching style worked well with my learning style!

    School BLOG

    • The Importance of Avalanche Education

      Submission by Trevor Husted  The memory is vivid, it started with a hollow thump that turned into a heavy roar. The sound dissipated as quickly as it started and when our group of backcountry splitboarders arrived at the ridge we looked over to the next slope and saw that the whole slope of snow had […]

    • Crevasse Rescue Clinic: A Lesson in the Power of Practice

      By Anna Gibson I was fortunate to spend my childhood in northwestern Wyoming, with the Tetons just out my front door. Those mountains are the real-deal—truly an epic playground for a mountain runner and a backcountry skier like me. Yet the Teepee, Schoolroom, and Skillet Glaciers of the Tetons are dwarfs compared to the glaciers […]

    • Mountaineering Courses Webinar

      Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming Denali expedition or want to learn the essential skills to weekend warrior on glaciated peaks with friends, we have a full line-up of courses to help you achieve your mountain goals. In this webinar, alpine educator Brooke Warren outlined our various mountaineering courses – What’s the difference between the […]

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