I had a fantastic time on the 13-day course and would recommend it to anyone interested in learning to get started as an alpine climber. I feel somewhat capable as a climber after taking this course and am excited to continue taking trips through Alpine Ascents.
I felt that all three of our guides demonstrated outstanding maturity and leadership during our trip. Peter, Stephen, and Gary did exceptional work as skill instructors. Lessons were clear and to the point. They were all willing to answer any questions I had during the course. I particularly enjoyed Peter and Stephen’s discussion of altitude related illnesses and glacier knowledge. I felt that all three guides struck a good balance between leadership and camaraderie. It was clear that there was a time to be focused and professional while on the mountain, and a time to have fun and enjoy ourselves when traveling or in camp. And importantly, the lines were never blurred between the two.
The AAI staff were all professional and friendly during the time leading up to the trip and thereafter. The website is well designed and very useful for planning trips. The experience was outstanding. Our guides did a great job abiding by LNT principles and helping the participants to do the same. The rental process was well managed and the gear was in good condition.
The biggest strength AAI has right now is its guides. Peter, Stephen, and Gary were outstanding to work with and they are the primary reason I would recommend AAI schools and trips to other people. I will definitely try and book another trip with Alpine Ascents.
August 2017 Climber
I think the greatest strength of the company was reflected in this course and in every trip I’ve done with Alpine Ascents; and that is the guides. My guides were 100% fantastic. They were truly impressive in regards to both their skills and knowledge as well as their interpersonal skills. The main reason I continue to take trips with Alpine Ascents is that you have the best guides in the business. As far as I’ve seen in my experiences no one does it better than Alpine Ascents International. From education to organization from safety to the skill level of the guides Alpine Ascents is head and shoulders above the rest.
It is a great program; I learned a great deal everyday and have a whole new respect for mountaineering
Simply EXCELLENT! Wonderful guides who never lost their patience with me or anyone in our group. Being great climbers is one thing, but being teachers who can clearly impart knowledge in a friendly and cordial manner is another. All of our guides were both. Would recommend the course to others in a heartbeat! The program was fantastic, I am truly grateful for the experience.
I really enjoyed the program a great deal. From the suggestions on physical preparation and gear list through the climber evaluation I received, I thought the program was well designed
The program was everything I thought it was going to be. It was well planned and executed. Thanks for a great trip. I have never been outside the city and it was a blast. Guides were incredible
There is no substitute for professional training when involved in recreation or work in the mountains, and based on first-hand experience, I have no hesitation in recommending Alpine Ascents. Their professional approach to training, supported by their staff of highly qualified mountain guides, makes for a training experience that is as challenging and informative as it is safe and enjoyable.
I found the programs to be thorough and professional. The staff are both pleasant to work with and a great help when needed. The course took me from understanding concepts to understanding how to utilize concepts under real-world conditions. I found the whole system to be thorough and professional. I have previously taken courses with Two other well-known schools. I found your staff as professional if not more professional than anyone I worked with in either of those programs. I didn’t have many questions for your staff, but all interactions were highly professional as well as friendly. I found the literature and the web site very thorough and enabled me to know what to expect. I would have no problem recommending your services for people seeking either mountaineering training or guiding.
I really enjoyed this course! The course was designed to provide high quality mountaineering education to beginner climber in terms of guides, course material and locations. I feel confident that I can use the learned skills and build upon them to be an efficient climber.