Media Quotes

Our Denali climb was recommended by Lonely Planet, 2017.

Included in Outside Magazine’s “6 Iconic Hikes You Should Do Before You Die” 2017.

Our Alaskan Yak Tours were honored by Outside Magazine as Trip of The Year!

For most people, Everest is a once in a lifetime experience because of the costs, the time invested, etc. So if you’re considering giving it a shot — go with the best possible service provider. Alpine Ascents logistics, guides and Sherpa team are absolutely top notch.” – Alison Levine, Alpine Ascents Everest team, author of the New York Times bestseller ON THE EDGE, featured on 60 Minutes Sports

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Alpine Ascents has been named one of “The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. We are extremely proud to be named the highest rated Mountain Guide Service.

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Alpine Ascents has been named one of “The Best Outfitters On The Planet” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. We are the only Mountaineering Company to receive a 100% Client Experience Rating.

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“Meet the Best Teachers in the business.” Outside Magazine.

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Alpine Ascents is “the premier way to experience Mt. McKinley with a guide service.” Outside Magazine

Our Kilimanjaro climb was highlighted in The Houston Chronicle.

In addition to the recent recognition in Travel & Leisure and National Geographic Adventure, our Kilimanjaro expedition was selected as “The Millennium Climb” by Men’s Journal and has been highlighted in the New York Times, MSNBC.com, Business Week and Blue Magazine.

Our Kilimanjaro Climb was named one of “The 25 Greatest Adventure Trips in the World. “And Chosen as One of the World’s Best Hikes by National Geographic Adventure Magazinenga-logo-sm

“I’d been to Nepal before, but traveling with Alpine Ascents was a different trip altogether. The trek logistics were flawlessly organized, from Kathmandu to Base Camp (even the layovers in Bangkok) so I could concentrate on enjoying the countryside. Traveling with experienced guides like Todd and Vern opens doors that are closed to most visitors. Not only do those guys know the way, they know most of the people along the way, and the result is a cultural experience unmatched by anything I’ve experienced before. It’s the way Himalayan travel should be.” – Peter Potterfield, Author of High Himalaya and Classic Hikes Of The World.

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“Climbing Mt. McKinley with Alpine Ascents transformed a cold, logistically complicated climb into a rewarding, simple, and even socially rewarding experience. The food was plentiful and nourishing and the climbing schedule was demanding but sensible. These guys have been up the mountain long enough to dial in what works. Overall, if you want a good shot at climbing a tough mountain, go with Alpine Ascents.” -Joe Glickman, New York Times.

“Finally, there are the much-quoted $65,000 slots, with a couple of high-profile outfitters. I’ve gotten to know one of them, Alpine Ascents, quite well here at base camp, and have to admit, if I could afford it, I’d probably go for it. Cynics would argue that I’m saying this because I’ve gobbled up so much of Alpine Ascent’s tea cake up here, but for a climber, to be able to climb with mountaineering legends like Vern Tejas or Willi Prittie is an experience akin to painting with Picasso or golfing with Palmer. In some cases, if you can afford it, 65 grand is not an overwhelming price to climb with the best. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think Alpine Ascents is serving tea.” Finn Olaf Jones – Discover.com

Alpine Ascents was selected by National Geographic for the film “Life and Death on Denali” featured on National Geographic Ultimate Explorer.

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Our Elbrus Climb is Featured in In the Lonely Planet book, “Year of Adventures”

Our Aconcagua Expedition was featured in Men’s Journal.

Our India Tour was featured in National Geographic Adventure.

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“Of all the great guide services on Kilimanjaro, Alpine Ascents might be the best. Its success rate is close to 90 percent, and though its treks are longer and pricier, they avoid the jam-packed Marangu Route.” – Outside Magazine

Our Mexico Volcanoes Expedition was featured in Men’s Journal.

In addition to being a primary media resource, Alpine Ascents and our Climbers and Guides have been featured in most major publications and media outlets including: CNN, MSNBC, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, Nightline, 20/20, The Travel Channel, Fox News, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Blue Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice, Men’s Journal, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and hundreds of local news organizations and affiliates around the world.

Most Recent Climber Comments

Testimonial for 9 Day Rainier Baker Mountaineering Course

I left this trip a stronger, more clear, more calm version of myself and I’m very grateful for it. Also, incredible beauty, great new friends, and skills for the wilderness. I learned much more than I expected to regarding mountain safety, proper gear and management of that gear during blizzard conditions, and all the components of crevasse rescue including knots and communication.

2021 Climber

Testimonial for 9 Day Rainier Baker Mountaineering Course

I entered this course a complete novice with little to no experience, hoping to get an education and introduction to mountaineering and general competency and skills in the backcountry. The course met all my expectations, I learned a ton and I am very happy about that. The skills I learned I feel will be immediately useful.

2019 Climber

Testimonial for 9 Day Rainier Baker Mountaineering Course

This course is exactly what I signed up for. My overall expectations from this course is that I would walk away with a baseline of skills and knowledge necessary to be a contributing member on a rope team. After this course, I feel confident that I can safely and effectively climb on future climbs that will allow be to build upon the foundation I learned with AAI.

2019 Climber

Testimonial for Mount Rainier 3 Day Muir Climb

I am sure everyone agrees that your guides are the biggest strength. We had a very diverse group – different ages, abilities, gender, culture etc. Having a guide group similarly diverse made a huge difference. All the guides were patient and took time to explain things, get to know the climbers, and connect with the climbers.

2021 Climber

Testimonial for Mount Rainier 3 Day Muir Climb

Absolutely enjoyed the climb. Amazing guides that were fun to spend time with and extremely prepared and capable, and a fun crew to boot! It was great that each brought their own focus, interests, and flavors of each skill. It was really tremendous. I would highly recommend Alpine Ascents and this trip specifically to others.

2021 Climber

Testimonial for Mount Rainier 3 Day Muir Climb

Our guides were very knowledgeable and I was impressed with how the trip was organized. I’ve been up Mount Rainier three times with the last two being with another organization. You have them beat. The 2 night itinerary gave us enough time to enjoy the experience. Truly a memory maker. First class all the way.

2021 Climber

Testimonial for Rainier Denali Preparation Course

The quality of the course was amazing. I’ve previously done Baker and Rainier, with also having done intermediate and advanced ice climbing courses, and this was by far the best instruction. Definitely feel prepared for Denali.

2021 Climber

Testimonial for Rainier Denali Preparation Course

The course was excellent. The guides made a significant effort to compare everything we did to an actual Denali expedition. That really put me at ease and helped me understand expectations for a future Denali trip.

2021 Climber

Testimonial for Rainier Denali Preparation Course

I really wanted to walk away from this course with a good practical application of crevasse rescue techniques. During the crevasse rescue training day I was on Stuart’s team. Stuart gave a really good presentation on mechanical advantage and was able to demonstrate the techniques well. Part of sharing that skill was sharing stories and experiences he had with crevasse rescue that helped me understand important factors in setting up the gear. After I was able to practice a 3:1 hauling system once, Stuart was very eager to let me go again when I asked if I could have a 2nd try to get the skill solid. I appreciated his willingness to let me do that and take extra time.

2021 Climber

Testimonial for Rainier Denali Preparation Course

The course was phenomenal. We covered a tremendous amount of material, yet we were able to review things often enough that I have developed a very solid mountaineering skills foundation from this class. Absolutely worth every penny.

2020 Climber

Rainier Denali Preparation Course BLOG

  • Denali Prep Course: Lessons Learned

    by Ciara Sampaio I went over the Denali Prep Gear List a million times and checked everything off.   I was ready to go!   Was I really ready to go?   Eventually, I just had to go.  Checking off the carabiners and gloves was the easy part.  I found assembling 8 days worth of food to be […]

  • Creating Your Denali Prep Course Menu

    The signs are all there. Flakes are accumulating in the Cascades, the sun sets on Seattle at 4:18 PM, and egg nog lattes have made their inglorious return to Starbucks. Winter is coming! To kick off this most excellent of seasons, our first 8-Day Denali Prep Course is slated to snowshoe off into the very […]

  • Selecting Snowshoes for Expeditions

    If you are preparing to embark on a Denali Prep course or a Denali expedition with Alpine Ascents, you are also about to enter into the wonderful world of snowshoe travel. There are several reasons for our unilateral use of snowshoes over skis on these trips. First, the learning curve for snowshoeing is far less […]

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