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Mont Blanc Testimonials

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. Very well structured to ameliorate jet lag and altitude issues. Very high quality.

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.

It certainly wasn’t the trip I had expected. Weather shut out our planned Mont Blanc summit (a disappointing repeat of my 2012 AAI Mont Blanc experience !), 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.

Jonathon did a fantastic job of managing a challenging trip. The region had a long period of adverse climbing conditions. Because our team was comprised of two groups (half joining 1 week for Mont Blanc + half extending a second week for Matterhorn), Jonathon ensured flexibility in the attack plan to accommodate both those there with only a small window of opportunity to summit vs those there with more days and who could wait for potentially better climbing conditions to make a summit attempt. Jonathon’s way of managing the situation ensured that no one had to give up his own preference to support a majority decision.

Yes, I fully enjoyed my expedition. Although we did not have the opportunity for a summit attempt, I can’t imagine that my trip would have been any more enjoyable had we summited. Jonathon, Lee, Mike, and Silas were just terrific. The warm-up hike up to and around Albert Premier and Trient refuges were just great. The alternate activities provided when we could not summit were challenging and a lot of fun.

Yes thought it was well planned out and as always organized extremely well. Jonathan and Lee were very competent and knowledgeable. The took control and had safety has the highest concern which I appreciated. They were open to answering questions. I asked a lot and they were great about them. Yes I think they were very laid back and easy to get along with. In general I think they did a great job. I must also comment that Tim, who came on the last day was very helpful to me and very kind in working with me as I was the least experienced out of the group. I think its a great program.

I am a recent client on the Mt. Blanc climb in Chamonix, France and I would like to share with you briefly my experience of the excellent service provided by Alpine Ascents which makes me a repeat customer. Under normal circumstances, exceptional, warm weather is a highly desirous trait for a climbing expedition. However, in our case, the warm weather rendered the traditional summit route unattainable due to severe rock fall danger. Our summit approach was subsequently changed to the route from the Aguille de Midi. Not only was our guide, Jonathan, attentive to the need to change plans, but was exceptionally proactive in arranging huts and logistics to make this alternate plan a reality without any complications or delays. Further weather reports indicated sections of the new route to have a precarious glare ice traverse. Extra guides were consequently recruited for summit day to insure a 1:1 guide/client climbing ratio. All came back happy, safe, and successful. The exceptional knowledge, flexibility, planning skills, and foresight of the lead guide and the unwavering attention Alpine Ascents shows to client safety by increasing the guide/climber ratio is precisely why I am a repeat customer.

The expedition experience took us through a number of different challenges. It was a great learning opportunity. Very good communications from AA and the lead guide in getting things set up, equipment needs. Guides have exceptional mountaineering skills.

Frank B. 

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