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Guides

Guides

Our guiding team is comprised 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. Many of our guides have been with Alpine Ascents for over five years, with a handful of veterans working 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 judgement 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 their goals.

On our Alaska courses, we operate at a 5:1 climber-to-guide ratio or less.

Guide Staff

Dylan Cembalski

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Aili Farquhar

Guide: Alaska

Paul Koubek

Guide: Kilimanjaro, International, Alaska

Cecelia Mortenson

Guide: Washington, Alaska, International

Lyra Pierotti

Guide: Washington, Alaska

I had a WONDERFUL time. There were quite a few challenges, but it was great getting back into the mix, and both the guides helped me (and everybody on the trip) through each challenge in a way that made me maximize my fun on the trip itself. The logistics of the trip (pretty much the most difficult part) were handled with ease and virtually seamless to the clients.

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Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
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