To be honest, I don’t believe there were any weaknesses. The schedule was on point and allowed for plenty of rest. The small group size provides great opportunities for one-on-one training to really discuss more advanced scenarios. That’s not something I’ve necessarily had on other climbs. I also thought it was great that after the climb we all sat down and discussed our takeaways from the climb. What we learned and what we need to improve upon.
I enjoyed the expedition very much. The route (Kautz) was positively breathtaking and doing a somewhat less traveled route on the mountain gave that more “removed” feeling to trip that is part of why I love going into the outdoors. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and I felt like I was in good hands the entire time.
As with my past climbs with Alpine Ascents, I always learn new techniques and knowledge from the guides that I hope to remember and apply to future climbs. The guides were constantly giving us new tips and tricks to improve our climbing, and I learned much about route-finding and how to read and assess mountain conditions.
Our lead guide was quite literally the best guide on earth to lead the Emmons route. He has an incredible wealth of climbing knowledge on Rainier and beyond. I was in awe of his leadership and communication skills (and his climbing stories). The guides as a group were top notch and I learned a ton under their leadership. They all went above and beyond to not only teach us skills that would keep us safe and increase our chances of summiting on this trip, but teach us skills that would benefit us on our future climbing endeavors.
I had an unbelievable time. I understand Covid made some parts of the trip had to be different but the guides did a great job ensuring the clients still had a great time. I always felt safe and the guides instilled confidence in everyone. They were amazing. I would have climbed any route on the mountain with them. AAI ensuring they hire and retain guides like these is exactly why I stick with you for all climbs.
The climb exceeded my expectations. World class organization and guides. Safety, planning, skills, experience, all top notch. The guides were outstanding and very professional. I felt safe and in the best of hands the entire trip. My favorite climb of Rainier to date.
The services provided by AAI easily met my expectations and resulted in strong outcomes. The program was well organized and all staff (admin, guides, etc.) was competent, informed and patient. The climb itself was great.
It was an EPIC experience. And humbling. The experience with Alpine Ascents was first class in every respect.
The expedition was of very high quality. I was given the information and advice I needed to have a safe and successful summit.
I think this program is incredible! I’m not really sure how it could be better. The guides seemed to fully cater the program to the needs of all four climbers and that’s is truly incredibly. It seems like all climbers gained more than they hoped for. Not sure how to improve something like that!