10 Day Rainier Baker Mountaineering Course Testimonials

This course is going to be something I remember for the rest of my life. The quality was superb – I felt like nothing was glossed over, we were fully prepared for our summits of Baker and Rainier, and we had a lot of fun doing it all. I most certainly feel prepared for another adventure and I can’t wait! Everyone involved was supportive and knowledgeable. Course materials were super helpful especially with food planning. All emails were promptly replied to. I truly thought the course was practically perfect. I loved how it was split into two parts – learning on Baker and then applying on Rainier.

I enjoyed it and the guides where great.  It is a lot to learn in a short period of time, but being able to apply it to the Rainier climb right away was awesome!

2016 climber

Overall I had one of the best experiences in my life during this trip. The program was great – from the first 6 days on Mt. Baker to summiting Rainier via Kautz and getting back home safe. The guides carefully selected our camping and training spots so that we were all by ourselves on the mountain without other groups and being distracted. Then as we continued with Kautz route on Rainier, all that hard work of the previous 6 days was paying off –  the climb certainly was challenging but it was fun too – our guides have great personalities and the jokes were a great part of what made this strip so fun and time to fly by!  And having such experienced guides with us made me feel confident and safe (well apart from the unexpected objective hazards which our guides were constantly reminding us of ;-). Given that this was my very first experience of mountaineering I cannot really think of any weaknesses… I really enjoyed the program, guides and team members and want to believe that I took a lot from this course

Marina B.

The course exceeded all expectations! As far as enjoyable, yes very much so, met a lot of fun and interesting people, and took away a lot of basic skills that I feel will be extremely helpful for future climbs! The guides were exceptional and went above and beyond in all aspects of the course. As far as leadership, our guide was the man with the plan, a class act. These guys didn’t mess around and are at the top of their game!!! I couldn’t imagine having a better set of guides. I would go up the mountain anytime in the future with either of them.

Yes, I enjoyed the course and it exceeded my expectations in every way. After completing it, I feel 100% confident on using the skills I learned and would be ready to use them on future climbs. I couldn’t have asked for better guides, and their teaching style worked well with my learning style! Even aside from activities like knot tying class and such, they were constantly passing on helpful bits of information throughout the course. Yes, all of them were incredibly easy to get along with. In addition, they were also helpful in giving me ideas on what I should advance to next for climbing and I’m already planning on booking more trips for next year with Alpine Ascents just because of these guys! Everything was better than expected. Our guide knew the areas well and picked excellent campsites. I could not think of any weaknesses in the course. It covered all of the objectives advertised, and more.

I did very much so enjoy the course. I thought the material was taught at a good pace, with adequate amount of practice of the skills prior to the two ascents. The guides passed on their knowledge and experience by first talking, then demonstrating. The best demonstration of their skills was observed during the summit pushes. I truly feel that I gathered some valuable and useful skills that I can use in my future mountaineering endeavors. The program gave us a lot to learn, but not so much that I felt overwhelmed. I liked learning something and then putting it right to use. The greatest assets to the program though were the guides. They were were great, and during the toughest times, I had faith in their guidance and leadership. Because of them, I can proudly say I summited Rainier and Baker.

I enjoyed it and the guides where great. It is a lot to learn in a short period of time, but being able to apply it to the Rainier climb right away was awesome.
Our guides were super cool and taught us a lot.  Program was great, was very satisfied with the trip. I will be back for sure, either courses or expeditions.

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