This course was high quality. I felt it was comprehensive and well planned and the skills I acquired will take me to new heights in my future climbs.
9 Day Rainier Baker Mountaineering Course Testimonials
Our guides transferred their experience and knowledge with ease. This made it very easy to comprehend complicated skills and apply the skills to real life situations.
My course was very enjoyable. I felt the skill coverage was comprehensive and expect to immediately use the skills on mountains like Hood, Shasta, and maybe Denali in the future.
The program’s biggest strengths is the immersive nature of the course and the excellent guides. Being immersed in the mountains and having great guides to teach you the necessary skills makes learning all of this so much easier. Two thumbs up!!
Our instructors were stellar. They exuded confidence and gave me a glimpse of how it’s possible to become comfortable on the terrain, but still respect the magnitude and risk of the mountains. I trusted them as leaders, but they also helped me understand my own responsibilities as a climber when it comes to safety, choosing gear, choosing food, and enjoying my time in the hills. It was such a rad opportunity to learn from their wealth of experience and stories, and feel inspired by their encouragement to make my own stories.
I enjoyed the course, which exceeded my expectations in all respects. The Mt. Baker phase of the course was well structured, and the guides tailored their instruction to the aptitude and enthusiasm of our group. I felt that my team was sufficiently competent and prepared to use newly-acquired skills during summit day on Mt. Baker and, later, on Mt. Rainier. Indeed, I’ve signed up for another glaciated climb with AAI, so I do feel ready to use these skills. All guides were clear, patient, and detail-oriented. They all were consistent in their methodologies. And they all took care to teach to standard and to the needs of the group.
The program was well structured and appropriate in length. The quality of the instruction was excellent. Everything moved smoothly, efficiently, and flexibly. I can’t conceive of a single improvement to be made to the course. I’d highly recommend the course to anyone.
The 9 day North Cascades/Rainier climb was fantastic. The skills learned were invaluable and I feel much more equipped to go glacier climbing. Our 2 instructors were both TOP notch, extremely knowledgeable and fun to be with. During the 6 day North Cascade portion both were phenomenal leaders. Their years of experience was plain to see. Both guides were well skilled as being patient teachers. You could tell that both of them genuinely wanted all of us to learn the skills they were teaching. They were patient in answering questions and did a great job in thoroughly explaining everything. Combining the 6 day North Cascades course with a 3 day Rainier climb is a great idea and I loved every day of it.
Course was faultless, very well structured, lots of fun, lots of hard work but never too much. Yes I feel ready to use the skills I learned and ready to practice confidently without an instructor.
Amazing couple of instructors. I worked as a guide, instructor and cruise director and know a good, enthusiastic, professional instructor when I see one. These guys couldn’t have been any better, what an asset to AAI. The way they worked together kept us all interested, excited and hungry for more knowledge!
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.
As for the class itself, its contents and the methods, manners, and demeanor of the three of you I could say nothing more than a perfect 10+ on all fronts. It was a fantastic experience and surpassed all expectation I had developed during my preparation. I understand the course to be an introduction to the sport and an exposure to the skills needed to minimize risk and enjoy the settings to the fullest. My intentions are to continue climbing for many years to come and I will absolutely consider Alpine Ascents my first choice for guiding on any of them as well as possibly attending some of the more advanced climbing courses offered. I hope to cross paths with all of you in the future and until then wish you the best of luck. Thanks again.