It’s hard to find good alpine-style climbing training. This program excelled at that. The other big strength was the quantity of varied climbs we got to do, that the guides chose based on what we were looking to learn. Overall, money well-spent.
8 Day Cascades Intermediate Mountaineering Course Testimonials
What I liked most was the alpine-style technical climbing we did — I was pleasantly surprised at how focused the course was on developing those skills. I feel well-prepared to use these skills on moderate climbs which was my goal.
I wanted to take a minute and thank all of those at Alpine Ascents for making my experience so terrific. Your program is absolutely phenomenal. Having over 10 years of climbing experience on rock, ice and mountaineering, I did not expect to really gain that much from the course outside of the crevasse rescue and glacier travel knowledge. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course! Its quality was excellent – it covered exactly what your website said it would. I am absolutely confident I can put these skills into practice, and I’m looking forward to doing exactly that through future trips with AAI!
Staff at the office were personable and helpful, and from what I noticed it was a pretty efficient operation. I love the website with the descriptions about each trip or course – everything I want to know is right there! And the gear list and index is fantastic, it really helped me know the exact features I needed to look for and the purchases I needed to make. I felt I received adequate communication from your office once I booked the trip, and appreciated getting my guides bio beforehand. You delivered what you said you would by teaching us and allowing us the opportunity to use mountaineering skills. There were no surprises. Your guides are extremely competent and experienced, and good at passing on those skills.
I think the goals of the program were absolutely met. As I understand them, the goals of the program were to offer an introduction to all (or most of) the aspects of mountaineering required for safe and successful travel in the mountains. We weren’t supposed to emerge from the course with a mastery in all the skills, but we were supposed to emerge knowing all the things we NEED to become competent in for safe mountaineering, and with a basic knowledge on which we can build in our own research, training, and experience. And I did feel I emerged with that. I definitely feel that I have the base knowledge I need to go practice these things and then step onto a mountain.
The course was incredible. The organization, preparedness and execution of our schedule and curriculum was top rate. The basic outline of training held me in good stead, including the types, intervals, durations and weight suggested for training. Each worked together well to prepare me. I was never uncertain about my ability to complete the course. I honestly can’t think of a major improvement to the course. It offered the perfect balance of structure, teaching, flexibility and fun. Great course! Thanks to all of your at AAI. Looking forward to the next one