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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 ten 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. In fact eight former students have participated in Mt. Everest ascents. 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.

The program was fantastic. It complemented and advanced what I knew about mountaineering and helped me feel comfortable leading climbs on glaciated peaks. Both guides get a 10/10 in my book. The program itself was well conceived as it taught us established fundamentals of mountaineering but then allowed us to tailor the course material to […]

ALPINE ASCENTS BLOG

  • Tents for Mountaineering

    Brendan gives us a quick introduction to the different styles of tents often used for mountaineering. From ultra-light bivy style single-wall shelters, to lightweight double-wall 4-season tents, to expedition-ready double walled dome bunkers, each style has a specific designed use. Stay tuned for in-depth looks at each of these varieties!  

  • What are Glacier Glasses?

    We are often asked why we specifically require “Glacier Glasses” on our climbs, rather than regular sports sunglasses. The answer to this questions is best understood with a bit of background knowledge regarding the effects of a high altitude snowy environment on the solar radiation to which you are exposed. Altitude and Solar Radiation Lots […]

  • Down Insulation 101

    Finding the right insulated jacket for a particular trip can be overwhelming – there are many aspects to consider, including different construction styles, weights, and fabrics. Here, we break down the fundamental properties of down insulation so that you can better navigate the options and come prepared for your next mountain adventure. Why Down Keeps […]

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