Jonathon is an excellent organizer, guide and teacher. The entire trip went smoothly. Even though we didn’t summit on our first try, the guides took us up almost a quarter of the way up the Matterhorn so we could get some practice. The guides were encouraging and fun. I found that short climb to be very helpful for summit day.
I liked leaving the Zermatt area to go to Saas Valley. I really enjoyed the climb up the Weissmies. I was fortunate as the other climbers were fun and easy to be with. I have climbed with other expedition companies but I always return to Alpine Ascents. I like the guides and the inclusive aspect of the trips. I like spending a few days before the objective practicing and gaining confidence. Even if I don’t summit the trips are great. I have climbed with Jonathon before and I feel confident when he is in charge.
On the first day of the climb we were practicing climbing in our boots. One of the climbs seemed especially challenging to me but Jonathon encouraged me to try it and offered suggestions on how to do the moves. I actually made it to the top! I climbed with Pat on the Dri Hornli ridge. There were two moves that looked hard to me and Pat demonstrated them and I was able to do them as he did. That inspired a lot of confidence in me. I also know that Jonathon and Pat have years and years of experience so I trust what they say. When the Matterhorn was too icy and snowy for us to climb I didn’t even question it, I knew they had the experience to make the appropriate call.
I had a great trip. Even if I hadn’t been able to summit I would sign up again in a minute. I am now considering the Eiger.
I want to commend Jonathon for running a great program and hiring fun, knowledgeable and professional guides. Jonathon also went out of his way to guide me again on Monday. He had to change his schedule completely and I am in his debt. He didn’t have to do that and I am so grateful. I felt very safe on the mountain and the entire summit day was wonderful! Thank you again Jonathon.