Why Backpack with Us

Why join us on our Backpacking & Wilderness Navigation Course

  • Alpine Ascents International has been leading mountaineering courses for over 20 years.
  • Full days of instruction in the field with highly skilled professional mountain guides in superb wilderness terrain.
  • 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 gets an evaluation from the guide
  • Gear rental available for all Alpine Ascents students
  • Each student receives t-shirt or logo item

Our guides were the most knowledgeable, professional, and personable guides with whom I have ever worked. I felt comfortable and trusted their judgement, advice, and coaching. They had the best interest of each individual and the entire group in mind at all times, and adjusted well to the variety of experience levels within our team. […]

Goat Rocks Wilderness
Glacier Peak Wilderness
Glacier Peak Wilderness
Goat Rocks Wilderness
North Cascades National Park
North Cascades National Park
Glacier Peak Wilderness
Glacier Peaks Wilderness
Glacier Peak Wilderness
Goat Rocks Wilderness


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    Down Fill-Weight vs. Down Fill-Power: Why the Latter Doesn’t Matter

    How exactly can you shop for a down jacket…and be confident it’s going to be warm enough? Here, we break down one aspect of down jacket selection. Alternatively, check out the insulation we offer for men and women, and email us with your questions. How much down is in this jacket? The key question to […]

  • Boots for Mount Rainier: Singles or Doubles?

    Easily the most common question we are asked is, “What kind of boots will I wear on my Rainier climb?” Here, we break down how we decide. Two Boot Types We use two main types of boots in Washington’s Cascades Range, which includes Mount Rainier and Mount Baker among other peaks: double boots and single […]

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    The Notebook: When Should I Climb Rainier?

    Alpine Ascents climbs Mount Rainier from May through September. We are often asked which dates to choose, so here we break down the merits of each month. Mount Rainier’s Climbing Season(s) Mount Rainier can be climbed year-round. For climbers willing to adventure, even the more challenging shoulder seasons can provide interesting climbing or skiing. A […]

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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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