Our guides were extremely knowledgeable about the mountain and were incredible and patient teachers. I felt confident with the education they passed on and they were constantly giving feedback for improvement. They were positive, frank, fun, and approachable. We really could not have asked for better guides!
Mount Rainier 3 Day Muir Climb Testimonials
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. Our guides were 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.
I would and will whole-heartedly recommend Alpine Ascents to any and all persons I know. Our guides were absolutely phenomenal. Having four people of such high caliber lead us was unbelievable. I cannot thank them enough for imparting their knowledge and wisdom. Beyond that, they were just great people. Mountains can be climbed by lots of people, but those four guides set your organization apart in my eyes and turned this from a great experience to a once in a life time event.
I loved every minute of it. The quality of the expedition was top notch from start to finish. We got very lucky with a perfect weather window, and the climb itself could not have been more stunning. It was one of those absolutely perfect experiences.
This expedition was one of the best experiences of my life. Every single aspect of the trip was exactly what I was hoping for and more. This was absolutely worth every penny spent towards this trip. The guides were exceptional leaders and they all worked extremely well together. They were very knowledgeable in all aspects of the climb and they were very confident without being intimidating. I really do think the guides added to my excellent experience. I would absolutely do another trip with that exact team with no reservations.
Loved the three days on Rainier – my gosh, I’m still smiling about so many terrific moments. My one picture regret is not snapping a pic at 1 am when I got out of my tent on summit morning. Have never seen so many stars!
The 3 Day Rainier course was amazing. I’ve no experience with “mountaineering expeditions.” I had a vague notion of what was involved. This was THE most strenuous physical challenge of my life. The physical condition of each of the guides is incredible. Each of the guides brings competence and expertise to the table. I feel confident that each of the guides was capable to lead the group independently.
Each of the guides was in charge of different skill instruction which each executed well. We learned more about the details of the guides’ abilities via conversation. The technical skills of using crampons, rope ties, ice picks, etc was obvious when they practiced with us. The guides went out of their way to make a connection with us. On Saturday during our gear check, Matt stopped in to introduce himself and talk with us a little. Our van ride over was when the bonding started. Stopping for breakfast together enhances the conversation. I enjoyed each of the guides’ personalities. It was impressive that each of the guides cooked for us; such amazing hospitality.
The website is impressive and gives great explanations of what is expected. I like the way the information is rolled out: it is clear about how/when you will pay the full tuition, cancellation insurance. The packet that is sent out with diet, training, etc is vital. The gear rental email is easy to follow and I appreciate the discount. The Gear Department was super great in getting back to me with all my tedious questions. Dani and Mike were SUPER! It is better to have 2 people running the gear check, it would be too much for each individual. Dani ran most of the explanation and she was spot on about what to take, what to leave behind.
The organization of the program from registration to gear check at the end is very well organized which I appreciate. Price is appropriate. I felt my safety was well attended to by the guides. Thank you AAI for an amazing experience!!!!
I had an amazing time on this trip. It was an experience that I will always remember. All the guides were fantastic and I would highly recommend any of them. Everything was top notch. Based on stories I have heard from close friends about other guide services, 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.
I thoroughly enjoyed the expedition with the team. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and able to explain and teach techniques and protocols easily. The other clients also made the experience enjoyable. The pace was a good tempo, challenging on summit day, but not overbearing. This was my first foray into mountaineering and certainly left a desire for more. The guides were very effective leaders. Their instruction was easy to understand and they were patient to explain complex or uncommon tasks/procedures for comprehension. The instruction style was professional and courteous. The scenarios and explanations were tailored to the group and easily understood. I certainly left the expedition with a wealth of knowledge to make future trips safe and enjoyable. Yes! The guide team was great. It was a total blast to spend time with such experienced guides that made you feel welcome and approachable.
Though I did not have much interaction with the front office, I did appreciate the pace of information. The emails were informative and received at the right velocity. When at gear check, the ability to rent on the spot was great. Additionally, I would like to applaud the gear check approach. Gear check was again, tailored to our group and took into consideration personal preferences of gear e.g. if you run hot you may not need a heavy base layer. The food was amazing. Certainly helps to have a good chef and nice meals to keep the energy up. Renting gear was simple and straight forward. I think it is a welcomed feature to reserve the gear and only have to pay when you finish gear check in the event you need to add or subtract something.
Being my first experience, I only have positive things to say about the team and Alpine Ascents in general.
ABSOLUTELY! The entire trip was well planned and perfectly executed by the guides, despite rapidly changing route changes. Each guide taught part of the snow school day and did a good job teaching through lecture and then reinforcing with hands-on drills. Big time! I thoroughly enjoyed each guide. They were interesting to talk to, took an interest in me and were entertaining – all while getting us up/down the mountain safely. Impressive! Everyone at the office was great to interact with. I called in advance with questions that were answered in detail each time. I appreciated the emails sent in advance with various reminders and tips before the climb. The accommodations were fantastic considering how remote the camps are. What a treat to have tents already put up for you at high camp. The only suggestion I have is to oil the squeaky door at the hut at Muir so it wakes fewer climbers up in the middle of the night.
You guys did an amazing job. This was our second climb with you and we loved every minute of it. I am so impressed by the caliber of the guides. They are so highly experienced and personable, all while taking care of us every step of the way to ensure we are safe and having a good time. What a rare breed those guides are. I have the utmost respect for them and the entire Alpine team. I’ll definitely be back for more climbing with your organization.