8 Day Cascades Intermediate Mountaineering Course Testimonials

I did enjoy the course. It’s funny… Maybe I have a unique perspective having taken this course for two consecutive years. The quality of the course was outstanding. Since taking the course, I’ve been using the skills I learned to climb multi-pitch routes in Eldorado Canyon and Clear Creek in Colorado and single-pitch cragging in the southeast.

2019 Climber

Definitely enjoyed the course. The instructors were great, I feel I learned a lot and solidified skills I was shown in the past. I feel ready to use the skills I learned on future climbs or courses.

2019 Climber

Words cannot express my sincere thanks for all 3 of our guides outstanding performance. They did an exceptional job mentoring, coaching, and teaching all of the students. They picked the perfect amount of difficulty and matched it to the climbers talent and ability for every objective. Their professionalism, dedication, and wisdom was above reproach and all the students soaked up every bit of knowledge they had to offer. This was by far the best course I have taken from Alpine. All of our objectives were difficult and our guides didn’t let anyone quit. By the end of the class I felt confident, strong and ready to take on bigger objectives.

2018 Climber

I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I feel like I am ready to organize and lead an easy glacier climb after the course. Our instructors were very patient in demonstrating the various techniques and supervising practices. They also showed different variations to standard techniques, which were very helpful, as they allowed us to understand the underlying principle. This will allow us to improvise solutions in the field in the future.

2017 Climber

It’s hard to find good alpine-style climbing training. This program excelled at that. The other big strength was the quantity of varied climbs we got to do, that the guides chose based on what we were looking to learn. Overall, money well-spent.

What I liked most was the alpine-style technical climbing we did — I was pleasantly surprised at how focused the course was on developing those skills. I feel well-prepared to use these skills on moderate climbs which was my goal.

I wanted to take a minute and thank all of those at Alpine Ascents for making my experience so terrific. Your program is absolutely phenomenal. Having over 10 years of climbing experience on rock, ice and mountaineering, I did not expect to really gain that much from the course outside of the crevasse rescue and glacier travel knowledge. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course! Its quality was excellent – it covered exactly what your website said it would. I am absolutely confident I can put these skills into practice, and I’m looking forward to doing exactly that through future trips with AAI!

Staff at the office were personable and helpful, and from what I noticed it was a pretty efficient operation. I love the website with the descriptions about each trip or course – everything I want to know is right there! And the gear list and index is fantastic, it really helped me know the exact features I needed to look for and the purchases I needed to make. I felt I received adequate communication from your office once I booked the trip, and appreciated getting my guides bio beforehand. You delivered what you said you would by teaching us and allowing us the opportunity to use mountaineering skills. There were no surprises. Your guides are extremely competent and experienced, and good at passing on those skills.

I think the goals of the program were absolutely met.  As I understand them, the goals of the program were to offer an introduction to all (or most of) the aspects of mountaineering required for safe and successful travel in the mountains.  We weren’t supposed to emerge from the course with a mastery in all the skills, but we were supposed to emerge knowing all the things we NEED to become competent in for safe mountaineering, and with a basic knowledge on which we can build in our own research, training, and experience.  And I did feel I emerged with that.  I definitely feel that I have the base knowledge I need to go practice these things and then step onto a mountain.

Sean H.

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