Once again, AAI and the incredible guides provided an expedition that exceeded all hopes and expectations. Every detail is so dialed in there is a reason I keep coming back time and time again to AAI and will continue to do so. Unbelievably impressive leadership skills were displayed from the initial communications made throughout every step up and down the mountain. The knowledge and expertise of each guide qualifies them to lead and yet together they perfectly blended and complimented one another. I walked away with new, improved ways to individually care for myself, contribute to the team dynamic, and simply be a better individual in and out of the mountains. The guides were above and beyond per usual with AAI. Inspiring, knowledgeable, kind, and motivational. No one responds faster or better than the AAI staff and administration. The new website is also so wonderful to use and is a massive improvement from the old website. All group equipment was in exceptional shape and the food throughout the trip was better often than what I make for myself at home. Just keep doing the same thing – hard to improve on perfection.
Yes, I did. This was an unforgettable mental and physical challenge to reach the summit of a very high peak, and to go through the challenges that come with acclimatizing to such an altitude. The guides were personable and functioned well as a team, the food was good, and the fellow climbers got along well. This is an excellent program for helping people experience high-altitude mountaineering. Alpine Ascents appears to have done a good job of selecting climbers with appropriate experiences to prepare them for a mountain on the scale of Aconcagua. The accommodations made things comfortable at many steps along the way, from Mendoza all the way to high camp and back.
Tents were high quality, easy to assemble and disassemble. I had no trouble carrying group food and fuel on carry days, and otherwise there wasn’t much group equipment. The food was excellent. I knew they like their grass-fed steaks and Malbec wines in Argentina, but didn’t expect to have such luxuries with us on the low part of the mountain, when I was expecting to be roughing it a bit more. That was OK, as the low mountain and high mountain are different experiences altogether. I had a strong appetite the entire trip, and appreciated that there were always a few leftovers.
I very much enjoyed the expedition. The overall quality of the expedition was above the expectations I brought from Denali. Brien, Mariano and John were each effective leaders and brought different skills to the table. John’s medical knowledge, Mariano’s local knowledge and Brien’s experience all shone through. It was my first expedition with three guides, and their leadership was certainly greater than the sum of its parts.
John was a great teacher and listener. Brien was a good storyteller, as was Mariano. They answered all of our questions earnestly and I learned a lot about high altitude dos-and-dont’s. The office staff were all great, just like with Denali: very prompt, courteous, and eager to help. Website redo is great, easy to navigate, and the materials rock. The Prittie letter was the most helpful. The letter is what motivated me the most. This is a mountain that is easy to underestimate, and I thought it was like a trap after Denali. I would make that letter more prominent and mandatory reading.
The gear department was great. I have rented and purchased multiple times over. Dani and Matt deserve special acknowledgement. It was a privilege to be able to trek in with Todd and his wife. It seemed like he was all over improvements to make. All in all, it was a wonderful trip, and I look forward to hopefully tackling Everest or Ama Dablam with you next year.
Yes, very much enjoyed. Excellent experience. Thought the overall quality of the expedition was excellent. Guides were top notch, love the Park Hyatt Mendoza, we had new tents, base camp staff was good and food throughout was better than expected. All very professional and good leadership skills. AA website is easy to use. Course material was very comprehensive. Process of preparing for climb was very well organized. Guides and experience on the mountain are probably best strengths for AA. Local guide was a strength as well.
Outstanding trip! It was everything I had hoped it would be and more. All the guides were terrific. After a long hiatus from mountaineering, I came on this trip to see if I could still acclimate. Having answered that question, it’s now on to the Himalayas! The program has no weaknesses that I could point to. The strengths are almost too numerous to recite here. The guides were even tempered, patient and knowledgeable. The route selection made the peak aesthetic to be on. The acclimation schedule ensured that everyone had the best opportunity to reach their personal goals. While personally, I have climbed a lot of technical peaks I found the guides handling of the broad range of experience levels to be excellent. The quality was so good, that I will be giving serious thought to climbing with your group in the Himalayas.
Excellent. I can’t say enough good things. It was very well organized, and in the face of any hiccups there was always a plan, or options, and our guides always ensured we stayed as informed as possible. Their knowledge of the mountain was very good, they were instructive and helpful, and they fostered a great atmosphere. They adjusted the program as needed to suit our situation regarding the weather and acclimatization. And the food was very good too. The strengths would be the great organization, the great guides, good choice of tents, and good food. Overall, it really is an excellent program.
Strengths – 4 camps which made acclimatizing better and summiting easier. Climbing with a legend like Lakpa Rita was amazing. The pace of the climb allowed for everyone to acclimatize easily.
Our guides were terrific. It was a great experience that met all my expectations.
Expedition was great. I really liked the way we pushed it up the mountain in order to get ourselves into position to summit. Guides were great as well as their understanding of leadership.
As with my other experiences with your company, this trip was fantastic. You run a tight ship over there. Your guide was amazing. With that said, rest assured the next trip I sign up for (Denali from the looks of it) I will be requesting a date with him specifically as the lead guide.