Why Backpack with Us

Why join us on our Backpacking & Wilderness Navigation course?

Alpine Ascents International has been walking in the wilderness for more than three decades. During this time, we have experienced nearly every kind of terrain the world offers, from the arid, red Southwestern deserts to the dripping wet emerald rainforests of the Pacific Northwest. Further afield, we have traveled the windswept high steppes of Mongolia, the deep jungles of Papua New Guinea, and bear-laden tundra of Alaska. No matter where we go or what we wish to climb, we are fundamentally backpackers, dependent on camping and navigation skills.

Things to consider:

  • We tailor the backpacking route to maximize weather, ensure excellent trail conditions, and the needs of the group
  • Transportation provided to/from Seattle to course location
  • Full gear check and gear explanation before climb
  • Excellent value compared to longer courses or courses in a National Park
  • Each student receives a personal evaluation from the guide
  • Gear rental available for all Alpine Ascents students
  • Each student receives t-shirt or logo item

The entire expedition was really awesome very much because of the respect, trust and leadership of Jose Luis and his team management. He is one of the finest guides I have the pleasure to work with over my climbing adventures. Huge thank you!

backpacking c slideshow
North Cascades
Goat Rocks Wilderness
backpacking a slideshow
North Cascades
backpacking b little slideshow
North Cascades
backpacking e
North Cascades
Glacier Peak Wilderness
backpacking g
North Cascades
backpacking j
Photo credit: Carson Torchia
Goat Rocks Wilderness
backpacking f
North Cascades
Glacier Peaks Wilderness
backpacking h
North Cascades
Goat Rocks Wilderness
Glacier Peak Wilderness
Glacier Peak Wilderness

Backpacking & Wilderness Navigation Course BLOG

  • What to bring in your Toiletry Kit

    By Brooke Warren You’ve probably seen “toiletry kit” on the packing list for your upcoming trip, but maybe you aren’t sure exactly what it should contain. When mountaineering, it’s a balance between weight and function, because the less weight you carry, the easier it will be to get to camp, and to the summit. So […]

Partners & Accreditations

Alpine Ascents International is an authorized mountain guide service of Denali National Park and Preserve and Mount Rainier National Park.
© Copyright 2021 All Rights Reserved. Alpine Ascents International