I had a fantastic time on the 13-day course and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning to get started as an alpine climber. I feel somewhat capable as a climber after taking this course and am excited to continue taking trips through Alpine Ascents.
I felt that all three of our guides demonstrated outstanding maturity and leadership during our trip. Peter, Stephen, and Gary did exceptional work as skill instructors. Lessons were clear and to the point. They were all willing to answer any questions I had during the course. I particularly enjoyed Peter and Stephen’s discussion of altitude related illnesses and glacier knowledge. I felt that all three guides struck a good balance between leadership and camaraderie. It was clear that there was a time to be focused and professional while on the mountain, and a time to have fun and enjoy ourselves when traveling or in camp. And importantly, the lines were never blurred between the two.
The AAI staff were all professional and friendly during the time leading up to the trip and thereafter. The website is well designed and very useful for planning trips. The experience was outstanding. Our guides did a great job abiding by LNT principles and helping the participants to do the same. The rental process was well managed and the gear was in good condition.
The biggest strength AAI has right now is its guides. Peter, Stephen, and Gary were outstanding to work with and they are the primary reason I would recommend AAI schools and trips to other people. I will definitely try and book another trip with Alpine Ascents.