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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 8 Day Cascades Intermediate Mountaineering Course

Words cannot express my sincere thanks for all 3 of our guides outstanding performance. They did an exceptional job mentoring, coaching, and teaching all of the students. They picked the perfect amount of difficulty and matched it to the climbers talent and ability for every objective. Their professionalism, dedication, and wisdom was above reproach and all the students soaked up every bit of knowledge they had to offer. This was by far the best course I have taken from Alpine. All of our objectives were difficult and our guides didn’t let anyone quit. By the end of the class I felt confident, strong and ready to take on bigger objectives.

2018 Climber

Testimonial for 8 Day Cascades Intermediate Mountaineering Course

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I feel like I am ready to organize and lead an easy glacier climb after the course. Our instructors were very patient in demonstrating the various techniques and supervising practices. They also showed different variations to standard techniques, which were very helpful, as they allowed us to understand the underlying principle. This will allow us to improvise solutions in the field in the future.

2017 Climber

Testimonial for 6 Day Baker Mountaineering Course

I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the guides. We had a group of 8 people and it seemed the guides were able to tailor the course so each person came away an improved climber.

The guides covered all the topics provided in the course objectives. They introduced each topic, shared why they say it is an important skill, provided detailed instruction, and allowed students to practice if appropriate. They even added on little additions for me on the side beyond what they needed to do. They also shared personnel experiences, such as real-life crevasse rescue and detailed route finding, as well as examples of handling bad weather. The combination of detailed learning, but keeping things relatable and fun was definitely a good environment for learning.

2018 Climber

Testimonial for 6 Day Baker Mountaineering Course

No joke, this was a thoroughly planned and executed course. Very well organized, the opposite of a “gong show.” I will absolutely use the skills on future climbs and courses. Our guides curated a curriculum that cut the fat and emphasized the important skills.

2018 Climber

Testimonial for 6 Day Baker Mountaineering Course

After this course, I feel like I can be a better asset to future teams and I am more confident in my own skills. I am excited to have these skills in my quiver for future climbs. The mental strengthening, ability to problem solve, and thinking on my feet are all things that I can apply to my day-to-day personal and professional life as well.

August 2017 Climber

Testimonial for Great Peaks of Bolivia

Overall, an exceptional program. I really enjoyed visiting Bolivia and climbing in Bolivia. It was refreshing to feel like being part of the early phases of tourism there. I was really taken away by the gratitude, humility, generosity, and welcoming nature of our guides, camp staff. The group dinner with our guides and camp chef was especially special as their families were invited (wives and children) and they brought their family to join us for a nice last meal together. They also took turns thanking us for visiting their country and hoping that we will return.

The mountains we climbed were beautiful and not over-crowded. There were not a lot of tourists where we were, so I felt very privileged and fortunate. I felt like I had the mountains and trails all to myself and my group. The mountains were also challenging to climb, challenging enough to push me but not dangerous.

I HIGHLY recommend Bolivia to other climbers who want to or love to travel to South America, explore a country that is just starting their tourism industry, experience Bolivian culture, and climb some interesting and remote mountains.

2018 Climber

Testimonial for Great Peaks of Bolivia

Rachel is exceptional and impressive. Her climbing and guiding experience, leadership skills, knowledge and expertise of the mountains and Bolivian culture belies her age. She demonstrated incredible knowledge of the Bolivian ways, true mastery of the Spanish language, and has earned the respect from her guiding staff, camp staff, the local farmers/porters, as well as from her climber clients. She recognized and listened to each of our struggles, but was able to assess in a very logical manner in regards to balancing safety of the climbers with the challenge of pushing onward. Rachel is knowledgeable, confidant in her skills and the terrain, comfortable with her assistant guides and staff and also just fun to be around. She has a very pleasant, warm, fun and easy-going personality, but I still had no doubt that she took her role very seriously and was a true professional throughout the trip.

2018 Climber

Testimonial for Great Peaks of Bolivia

I thought the experience was fantastic. The most significant strength of the program is the lead guide – Rachael Molstad. In addition to being a great guide on the mountain her intimate knowledge of the local culture and Bolivia in general enriched the experience tremendously. The actual climbs are also a strength, both Pequeño Alpamayo and Chachacomani were interesting and challenging climbs.

2018 Climber

Testimonial for Great Peaks of Bolivia

Absolutely enjoyed it! Rachel was patient, kind, very knowledgeable about all things Bolivia, and an excellent climber. It was obvious she put a lot of thought into planning this trip and giving clients the best experience possible. Her passion for both climbing and Bolivia were easy to see.

2018 Climber

Testimonial for Denali

Everything I hoped for. Both of these guys are top-notch guides. They consistently used every opportunity to teach us how to be better climbers. I was impressed how they would tutor us, but not treat us like children. They expected us to be experienced climbers and demanded that we rise to the occasion. It was great. As always with Alpine, everything was first rate.

Mountaineering can be can be challenging and stressful at times. Despite this, they always managed to maintain their calm, friendly demeanor and made every situation better. I consider myself extremely blessed to have had each of them as my guides – I figuratively would not have changed a thing!

2017 Climber

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