I enjoyed the expedition very much. It was well organized including all the details that make a trip smooth. The amount of hiking per day was set up for maximum success. Each guide brought a unique set of skills and experience to the team. All three guides worked very well together. I truly enjoyed their company during our time together. The Alpine Ascents team is amazing. I had many in depth conversations with multiple staff members who always gave me their undivided attention and seemed happy to answer my questions. The Gear Department is phenomenal! The attention to detail in preparation and on the expedition, is necessary and is a strength of the program.
I had a fantastic time. Everything exceeded by expectations from the accommodations to the the food to the company. My guides, Dylan, John, and Julio were are good as they come! The climb was challenging and thrilling and I felt supported by my guides every step of the way. I walked away confident that I will do another big expedition in the near future. YES! I cannot say enough good things about Dylan, John, and Julio. Dylan was a phenomenal lead guide. He was patient, knowledgeable, funny, kind, and there to keep us in check from start to finish. Jon was the perfect second guide and Julio (my tent mate) honestly made my trip! The three of them where phenomenal! They. Were. Awesome. We learned so much from our guides, how to walk more efficiently, carry more efficiently, and overall how to actually enjoy the experience. 100% Yes. They had this ability to keep unlikely unity among our group. They made us laugh, walked us through the tough stuff, and saved the life of Patrick without hesitation or complaint. Alpine is so lucky to have such unreal staff. I had the best best time. Thank you so much!
Absolutely loved it. Great program, route, guides, team, etc. Highly, highly recommended! Provided clear direction for both near-term/present objectives and longer-term plans (i.e.
next moves up the mountain, scheduling summit day, etc.). Consistently took time to train and emphasize skills (e.g. rest step, pressure breathing, foot placement, pacing, etc.). Experience/knowledge ranged from climbing skills, to clothing, to campsite placement, to sleeping, etc. Very thorough. Would love to climb with them again! Very professional and personable guides who set clear examples and consistently encouraged the entire team.
I loved it. It was one of the best trips I’ve ever had. (My guides) were excellent, professional, and fun. World-class. They were cool as all get out. Strengths were the organization.
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.