The guides did an awesome job teaching skills and then allowing students to apply them. This being my first experience ever being on a glacier, I feel the guides did an incredible job teaching as well as demonstrating and assuring safety throughout.
It was great to be properly taught in the fundamentals. I feel that I will be much more prepared for moderate objectives on my own and, perhaps more importantly, be a better, more informed team member on more advanced guided expeditions.
The course was incredible. As an intermediate climber I wasn’t sure whether the material would be over my head or stuff I already knew. Our guides did a great job of making sure people left with exactly what they wanted, both in terms of education and climbing. Everything I learned was clear, concise, and I left with a couple of new tricks and technical light bulb realization moments.
I cannot speak highly enough of either of our guides, both from a personal and professional level. The best people. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
This 10 day course was exceptional in every way possible. I was able to come into the course with predominantly solo mountaineering experience and developed the fundamental knowledge and confidence to plan out and execute team based objectives in the future. To me, that’s a huge success in what I hoped to gain from participating in this course.
I have been seriously climbing for about a year now with the help of friends & books. I feel like I learned more in four days on this trip than I have learned in an entire year. Not to mention the new found confidence I’m walking away with, thanks to our guides! They could not have possibly done a better job at guiding us.
I ask a lot of questions and I usually feel like my curiosity and eagerness to learn can be a bit annoying. Our guides were stoked on all my questions and gave me more information than I thought I could gain in four days. They seemed to fully cater the program to the needs of the climbers and that is truly incredible!
I LOVED the course and will carry the experience I had with me the rest of my life. The quality of the instruction, the location, the routes selected by the guides, the campsite, etc were all beyond any reasonable expectations I had going into the trip. I absolutely feel ready to use the skills I learned and have already started to plan my next trip.
I really appreciate that you offer a true 3-day climb of Rainier. It made a big difference to me. It provided an additional day to acclimatize, a shorter approach to the summit, and an additional day of training on the mountain. It was an excellent trip from beginning to end.
The course on Baker was fantastic! The curriculum was well thought out, and the guides did a great job. They were clear leaders who kept student learning and safety up front. They ensured that the group worked together to learn and to make a successful summit.
This expedition was a trip of a lifetime. From gear check, to the guides, snow school, and reaching the true summit of Rainier, this was an outstanding and unique experience. Alpine Ascents went above and beyond to foster new friendships, safety, and the small comforts that make a home away from home. Truly a wonderful experience from beginning to end.
I am still in awe of this experience! This climb has exceeded my expectations and them some. My guides were my saviors on this trip. They were very encouraging and patient with us. I really feel like I made four new lifelong friends.