This was my first time in the Alaska Range and it was outstanding. The guides were professional and demonstrated a lot of knowledge of the area. The food was excellent and the group gear was top notch. I also thought that the plan of ascent was well thought out and provided us the best chance at making the summit.
We had a wonderful, challenging, and ultimately extremely rewarding experience. I found the entire process including registration, gear rental, staging in Talkeetna, and of course the 19 days on the climb to be of the highest quality. Our guides were the best – figuratively I could not have chosen better people to assure a safe, enjoyable and successful Denali climb!
This expedition was one of the best experiences of my life. Every single aspect of the trip was exactly what I was hoping for and more. This was absolutely worth every penny spent towards this trip. The guides were exceptional leaders and they all worked extremely well together. They were very knowledgeable in all aspects of the climb and they were very confident without being intimidating. I really do think the guides added to my excellent experience. I would absolutely do another trip with that exact team with no reservations.
Loved, loved, loved the Mt. Blanc trip! I don’t think there are words to adequately describe my expedition. It was way beyond just enjoying it. It was absolutely spectacular! The guides were amazing, the country is simply breathtaking, the huts in the Swiss Alps are incredible, the team of clients were awesome, the schedule was perfect, everything was perfectly planned and coordinated, the food was to die for, etc. I have nothing but praise and excitement for the Mt. Blanc trip, and Peter and Jonathon in particular. Absolutely first rate, class act that went far beyond my expectations. 2 thumbs way up.
Absolutely an incredible trip (and not just because we had perfect weather). All the details were dialed in, our guide was exceptional, and the itinerary was spot on in getting us where we needed to be mentally and physically for Mont Blanc itself.
This was a great trip. Rachel, Victor, Juan and the rest of the crew worked hard to arrange a very interesting and well thought out trip. The traveling and sightseeing during acclimatization was excellent, the climbs that were selected were very good. I especially enjoyed Pequeño Alpamayo.
Spectacular Expedition. Having been on many climbs with Alpine Ascents I knew what to expect but was blown away by how smoothly the trip went, the level of execution and he quality of the staff. Truly a top notch operation.
Ben, Eric and Jangbu are nothing short of awesome. Our team size was manageable as we watch other well-known teams with larger groups or multiple teams not always able to accommodate their teams in the way Alpine Ascents did.
Alpine Ascents Base Camp Set up was impressive none of the other teams looked nearly as nice as our and could not imagine having better food day in and day out. – 2018 climber
Being on Rainier in the winter was a truly unique experience. With the storm we had on the first 2 days, it was likely that we were the only people on the mountain. It gave a feeling of being completely on our own, which heightened the lessons our guides were teaching about self sufficiency, self awareness, safety and survival. We needed to work as a team, shoveling our camp out from the snow, and gave us an opportunity to appreciate the wild beauty of where we were. It was an amazing experience.
The Denali Prep course was my first trip to the Northwest. More beautiful than I could have imagined. Was a great opportunity to experience the weather extremes. The curriculum was well-organized and well-taught. As always the guides and the setting exceeded expectations. Each time I go with you folks into the mountains, I always feel my safety and well-being are your utmost concern. It allows me the freedom to concentrate on the individual task of getting to the top.
A letter we received from a Denali Prep climber
I took your Denali Prep class two years ago. I just wanted to let you know that it saved my life this past week. Many miles, and many vertical feet, after your class I found myself on the Fortuna glacier on South Georgia Island, near Antarctica, a thousand miles from anywhere. Three climbers (including myself) and a guide were checking out Shackleton’s crossing. The unthinkable happened, and I found myself tumbling backwards and then headfirst into a crevasse. I seemed to fall forever. When I finally stopped, wedged between two walls of ice with my feet thankfully below me and my crampons gingerly jammed into one side, I was about 20 feet down. I looked down and saw darkness.
But because of your class I was able to stay calm and coherent. I called up to my guide that I was ok, and that I needed a rope with a biner on it, as I couldn’t see my harness to reliably operate my biners. Because I knew exactly what she was doing up on top I was able to stay calm while she rigged a hauling system, and she had me out in a matter of minutes. The guide was amazed at how calm I was throughout.
It could have been a lot worse. Thankfully, the experiences I gained on Rainier prepared me for it and it turned out as best as could possibly be hoped for.