Yes, thoroughly enjoyed the course. Felt like it was top quality and really well done. Guides were extremely knowledgeable and conveyed the information in a clear and concise manner. I do feel prepared to use the skills in future climbs with some practice on my part. Yes, I thought the guides were very attentive to the safety and care of the participants and were strong leaders throughout the course. They communicated clearly, were clear about expectations, were patient with the participants, and drove the right level of rigor to accomplish what we needed to do.
They were all solid communicators and had no problem conveying both technical and personal experience. They were good at putting the information in context and certainly had a wealth of information to pass along. They all had different personalities but all were able to teach and communicate really well. I thought it was GREAT that there was a woman guide on the trip who served as a good role model for my daughter. All were easy to talk to and no interpersonal issues that I am aware of. They provided constant positive reinforcement with everyone. They were all nice people and treated us great.
I felt all the support systems were excellent. Office staff quickly answered any questions and the website and course materials were clear and really helped us prepare.
(re: the training reminders) Yes, absolutely. Scared me into the gym (where I needed to be) 😉 I thought the information provided was really good. Training plan was comprehensive and useful.
Strengths: excellent guides and support systems. Baker school component offered a chance for those of us who live at sea level a chance to get acclimated before doing Rainier. I think this was key to our success. Appreciate the guides pushing us early on and focusing on the basics of footwork and awareness so that became second nature.
Improvement areas: none really.