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
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.
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.
“Meet the Best Teachers in the business.” Outside Magazine.
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 Magazine
“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.
“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.
The Alpine Ascents Everest Climb & Everest Base Camp Trek were selected by The Travel Channel for its List of “99 Things to Do Before You Die”
“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.
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.
“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
I had an amazing time on this trip. It was an experience that I have never had and one that I will always remember. All the guides were very knowledgeable about mountaineering and they all taught a part of the course on day 2. All the guides were fantastic and I would highly recommend any of them. Everything was top notch. We had regular communication from the administrative team reminding us of the gear we need to bring as well as the training we need to have in order to be successful on the mountain.
Honestly, I can only see strengths here. Based on stories I have heard from close friends about RMI and IMG, AAI is far and away the best service available. While the price is generally higher for AAI, I would take that in an instant based on what you get in return. You all are a well oiled machine and I look forward to taking more trips with you in the future.
Yes! The expedition was excellent. After my experience with AAI, there’s no way I would climb with any other guide service out there. You’ve created a top-notch experience. I loved it. Yes, definitely. Craig was an excellent leader and thorough about everything. I could also tell that Craig was passing along his leadership skills to Andy, Mike, and Don. Very easy to get along with. We loved our guides. The program was awesome. I can’t think of a single thing you could do to improve it. I loved the experience.
The expedition has been arranged in every detail making the experience more enjoyable although the short time and tight scheduling especially during the visit of St Petersburg and Moscow. From transportation to hotels, from meals to site visits and of course the high expertise of our guides (Vern and Carole) made this trip unforgettable.
One of the main reasons for me to join this trip is to learn directly from experienced mountaineers such as Vern and Carole. Their ability to guide us and provide support whenever needed met my expectations. I’ve been able to reach the summit making my expedition successful thanks to their suggestions and guidance on how to deal with this tough climbing although I felt physically fit and ready for this trip.
Yes, thoroughly enjoyed the course. Felt like it was top quality and really well done. Guides were extremely knowledgeable and conveyed the information in a clear and concise manner. I do feel prepared to use the skills in future climbs with some practice on my part. Yes, I thought the guides were very attentive to the safety and care of the participants and were strong leaders throughout the course. They communicated clearly, were clear about expectations, were patient with the participants, and drove the right level of rigor to accomplish what we needed to do.
They were all solid communicators and had no problem conveying both technical and personal experience. They were good at putting the information in context and certainly had a wealth of information to pass along. They all had different personalities but all were able to teach and communicate really well. I thought it was GREAT that there was a woman guide on the trip who served as a good role model for my daughter. All were easy to talk to and no interpersonal issues that I am aware of. They provided constant positive reinforcement with everyone. They were all nice people and treated us great.
I felt all the support systems were excellent. Office staff quickly answered any questions and the website and course materials were clear and really helped us prepare.
(re: the training reminders) Yes, absolutely. Scared me into the gym (where I needed to be) 😉 I thought the information provided was really good. Training plan was comprehensive and useful.
Strengths: excellent guides and support systems. Baker school component offered a chance for those of us who live at sea level a chance to get acclimated before doing Rainier. I think this was key to our success. Appreciate the guides pushing us early on and focusing on the basics of footwork and awareness so that became second nature.
Improvement areas: none really.
The level of professionalism, competence and helpfulness of your guides was outstanding. Absolutely. While Danny was a strong leader, I got the feeling that any of our guides could have taken command of the group with no decline in our safety or the quality of the experience. Fully met my expectations. I’d like to particularly note that Rachel has the most disarming giggle. It made me realize that in spite of how hard I was working while on the mountain, I was, in fact, having fun! I was very impressed with all aspects, especially the dining experience at Muir and high camp. Great planning and execution. Your guides are your greatest strength. I’ve climbed with others and there is no comparison. The AA experience is VASTLY superior. I also appreciated how clean and new all of the equipment seemed to be from the rentals to the transportation vans. All first cabin.
We both had a great time. Truly a rewarding experience that we will always remember! Guides were awesome! Professional, emphasized safety at each juncture and prepared us at every step for a safe expedition. They all had helpful tips to help us make the expedition enjoyable, and safe. The communication in general between AA and us was excellent. I especially appreciate the guide. Quite thorough. The training plan was very helpful and we followed it and had a good experience on the mountain I believe in part because of that preparation. Both camps were fine. I am glad we had one night at the high camp to get the more remote feel as well as to get a bit of a head start up on summit day. The meals were excellent and much appreciated! We had the opportunity to call several times and all the AA staff treated us in a knowledgeable and helpful manner. We loved our experience and looking forward to the next one …
Very well organized. Vern and Carole were great. Very effective and memorable and both took time to explain and demonstrate skills and knowledge. Vern may have written the book but Carole is a walking encyclopedia, always adding small hints and tips at exactly the right moment. Both respected every one as individuals in the team and that was difficult as we were all very different. Matt in the gear dept is awesome.
I had an excellent expedition. The guides were awesome, super fun, funny, interesting, and focused on providing a great experience for everyone on the trip. The food was great, accommodates great (considering we are on a mountain!). Joda was super fun, nice, and educated me a ton on mountaineering and safety skills. Bryce was also extremely cool and has great cooking skills. We had a near perfect experience.
I’m also wondering what climb to do next. Really enjoyed my time and hope to climb with you all very soon. If you have any next expedition ideas, please let me know. Thanks!
Yes. Reason I always use Alpine is because I know I am going to get a professional guide service that will place my safety above all else on the mountain. Top quality in every aspect. There was a very high focus on safety, correct technique and clothing at all times, and the guides constantly checked and observed the climbers through the climb. Really great guys. Easy going and friendly. Fun to climb with and knowledgably equipped with so many aspects of climbing and the terrain. Joe was great on the logistics side. Cannot recall a single issue I had with any aspect of the expedition. I have climbed with Alpine on a number of occasions and I really appreciate the attention to detail. Honestly on this trip I cannot think of a single area to improve on.
I enjoyed it a lot!! I think the course has a very good level and combination of teaching and practicing. In my case I had some experience but lacked on formal education so the course set me to the proper handling of gear, terrain evaluation, ways to proceed and safe climbing practices. I read as well the course material/books so it was a good way to put everything together and practice in the field. I personally have a lot of trust in american mountain guides, I have spent most of my time in the American mountains with guides and I like to learn from them. I believe is the way to go when it comes to safety in the mountains.
I think all guides have shown to be very professional, safe and trustworthy in the way they conducted the team in the mountains. They proved to have reliable assessment of the terrain and the mountains, its dangers and how we should carry ourselves in dangerous mountain terrain. Definitely they demonstrated very good leadership, social skill and mostly fun guys! All guides where very articulate and able to convey verbally their technical skills to us. Additionally the theory was turned into practice each and every time with drills and practice. They are all very easy to get along with; they are all fun and I personally connected with all of them very well to have a trustful and respectful relationship and also being able to make jokes and share great sense of humor.
What to say? The wilderness experience is always beautiful, especially in the Cascades. Campsites where spectacular. I liked the teaching about the “Leave no trace principles” to protect those places from human impact. Building conscience about it I think is of paramount importance when we go out to the wilderness.
The biggest strength of the program is the combination of teaching in a lower a smaller mountain like Mt. Baker and after 6 days transferring that theory/practice to a climb like the Kautz. Is a very comprehensive program that although short, provides a good skillset as it is taught progressively from having a good footwork ahead into more vertical snow/ice. I liked some tricks the guides taught me. I think this is a very solid course when you have some previous climbing/mountaineering experience or have been in the mountains and you want to become more proficient. Is an introduction as a “mini-expedition” to get people ready to spend some extended periods in the mountains. I think is very important and can bring more value to the course if like you do with the training you ask people to put some time reading the reading list you propose. That theory along with the practice and teaching you get in the course translate into really solid knowledge.