The trip was great! Stuart was great and was very informative with climbing and the routes we were going to take. The tours throughout the city were very informative and provided a nice recovery day after climbing. Stuart was great throughout the whole trip. He answered any climbing questions and made the trip overall very fun. Even when we were at camp there was never a boring moment. I am climbing Denali with Alpine Ascents in May of 2017 and he was very helpful in preparing me for that trip even more. Everything from rope teams to crampon foot work was talked about and any questions were thoroughly answered. There was never a problem getting along with Stuart. The atmosphere was always open for a carefree environment while still having a professional attitude while climbing. The gear department was great about answering any questions concerning the gear list. There were never any issues involving payment or the application. The training statements and reminders were helpful. The lodging on the trip was very nice. The hotel in Puebla was very clean and had many options to eat in the surrounding area. The huts that we stayed at were good for the purpose. The group gear and the tents were nice. The food choices were good and I was never hungry on the mountain or in the cities. Overall the trip was great.
Volcanoes of Mexico Testimonials
Great time on the climbs. Challenging ascent climb, different culture and area, short duration – which fit into my schedule nicely this time of year. Stuart is a pro. Solid in all respects. He gives freedom to make decisions, facilitates learning, and challenges each of us as appropriate. I have confidence in our approach through Stu’s leadership. I learned new ways to harness the mental power we each possess. Stuart instructed me in techniques new to me regarding breathing, head aches, and high altitude self care. Pros: short duration makes easier to find time to do this climb; good solid climbs with challenging summit pushes; guide makes all the difference.
Having just returned from the expedition, I wanted to say what a truly wonderful experience it was. The whole expedition was extremely smooth. My guide is an insightful and dynamic leader. I was very happy not to have to climb false summits on Izta. I learned new skills, but more importantly I learned a lot about myself.
Just a quick note to tell you what a wonderful time I had on the Mexican Volcanoes Expedition. The program was excellent throughout, and exceeded my expectations. Willi is a fine guide and leader, and I would not hesitate to climb with him again. I set a new PAR, found I can handle higher altitude, learned some new climbing techniques, learned some general travel lessons, and had fun. In all, time and money well spent.
I loved everything about the trip. The accommodations, local contacts and guide was extremely skilled and a pleasure to climb with.
I think the expedition was great. I have nothing but praise for our guide and everyone I spoke with in your office. Reasonably priced, great guides.
I thought it was great! Our guide was patient, encouraging and an excellent leader.
Simply, our guide is obviously an excellent mountaineer and leader.
We had a great trip (in every way). Could not have asked for a better planned trip. We were unable to summit Orizaba because of weather, but the weather provided an element that created a new set of challenges and with it a new set of goals. It all worked! I can honestly say that after this experience I will only climb with Alpine Ascents!
Great experience, a well-matched team led by experienced guides. I am thrilled with my performance and considering doing more high altitude trips.