Our Mt. Shuksan climb was fantastic. The views were incredible, the weather was perfect, and our guides were professional, personable, and highly skilled. Yes! I was particularly impressed by our lead guide, Seth, and my guide for summit day, Connor. Seth did a fantastic job managing the whole climb, including the needs and moods of each climber and guide on the team. Most impressively he made this attentive customer service seems natural and effortless.
Connor, my guide for summit day, did a similarly outstanding job. He quickly developed a bond with us and matched speed/difficulty to our experience levels. I was impressed by his work.
Our guides did a great job passing on their knowledge. During snow school on day 2 I learned several new cramponing techniques and approaches to self arrest, which had never been covered with me before despite numerous guided climbs in the alps.
Similarly Connor knew I was interested in independent rock climbing (and had recently bought a rack) so he went out of his way to point out how he approached protecting our whole summit ridge climb (alpine anchors, counterbalanced weight, etc.)
The group food definitely exceeded my expectations. Dinner was definitely a highlight of each day 🙂
The strength of the program is clearly the very strong guides, and the beautiful north cascades mountains!