Loved it! Despite many of the logistics challenges with travel these days, everything was incredibly well planned out. The guides were absolutely fantastic—(can I request the same guides for future expeditions?!)
The acclimatization plan, the climbs, the overall itinerary was great. But I think the guides made the trip
Yes, 150%! It was a great experience, as always perfect organization, super strong guide, attention to every detail and personal touch based on my skills and preferences. Despite somewhat challenging weather conditions over the first three days, thanks to our guide we managed to navigate through our targeted peaks and make the most of it.
The trip was excellent. It was consistent with the description, and exceeded expectations. The huts on the mountain were a wonderful, new experience for me. The strengths were the guides, itinerary, length of trip, and risk management on the mountain.
Loved, loved, loved the Mt. Blanc trip! I don’t think there are words to adequately describe my expedition. It was way beyond just enjoying it. It was absolutely spectacular! The guides were amazing, the country is simply breathtaking, the huts in the Swiss Alps are incredible, the team of clients were awesome, the schedule was perfect, everything was perfectly planned and coordinated, the food was to die for, etc. I have nothing but praise and excitement for the Mt. Blanc trip, and Peter and Jonathon in particular. Absolutely first rate, class act that went far beyond my expectations. 2 thumbs way up.
Absolutely an incredible trip (and not just because we had perfect weather). All the details were dialed in, our guide was exceptional, and the itinerary was spot on in getting us where we needed to be mentally and physically for Mont Blanc itself.
I found the Mont Blanc climb to be very well organized and executed, as I have with the many other AAI trips I have taken in the past. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt I got a lot of great, individual instruction to help move my ability levels ahead. Jonathon did a great job of gauging the experience and comfort levels of the team and making appropriate adjustments to ensure everyone got something out of it. The climb itself was definitely a highlight of my climbing career, having never been to the Alps. The terrain is breathtaking and challenging and the progression of the climb from acclimatization/training to summit day was perfect.
Very much enjoyed this expedition. Very well structured to ameliorate jet lag and altitude issues. Very high quality. Very much enjoyed this expedition.
Tremendous experience but the weather was not our friend so failed in our Mt Blanc and Matterhorn Objectives but achieved in my objectives of spending quality time with my son and getting him hooked further on mountaineering while keeping him safe. Jonathon was very focused and tried hard to ensure we had a good experience as well as driving us hard.
I just returned home and wanted to send you a note to let you know what an incredible experience I had with my recent Mont Blanc and Matterhorn trips in the Alps with AAI. This was the 5th trip I have done with AAI and it was exceptional. Jonathon Spitzer is without question the best guide I have ever worked with and a real asset for the company. His first priority was the group’s safety, second people’s enjoyment, and third meeting everyone’s desire to summit. All were achieved in my estimate and I am happy to have chosen AAI again.
Weather shut out our planned Mont Blanc summit, and snow left by that weather cut short our rescheduled attempt just below the summit. The snow also made Matterhorn simply impossible. Thanks to guide creativity, I still got in 12 days of interesting climbing and skill work, with a chance to grow in experience and confidence. Jonathon was a great manager as our plans had to be changed multiple times. He pulled it all together to make the trip challenging and fun despite the ugly conditions on the mountain. He also assembled a great team of guides, who worked well together to support all of us. I would climb again with any of these guys in a heartbeat.