Alpine Ascents International

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Unparalleled international expeditions to the world’s highest peaks. Comprehensive mountaineering school, utilizing LNT practices. The 7 Summits Company since 1986. Auth. concessionaire of Denali National Park.

Alpine Ascents International leads expeditions that have become benchmarks of quality in the climbing community. We operate what we believe is the finest mountaineering school in the country. This expertise is based upon years of accumulated experience-not just from individual mountain guides, but through experience on particular mountains where details are fine-tuned over time. We maintain our process of multi-leveled and critical evaluations for each expedition. Innovations like daily weather reports, established season-long base camps, environmental pioneering, and operating our trips with small climber-to-guide ratios led by Alpine Ascents guides are just some of the factors that keep us in the forefront.

Our guides are the primary reason that Alpine Ascents has built such a unique reputation. Many of our guides have been with us for most of their careers and have had the opportunity to participate in a wealth of climbs and programs. Many are not seasonal employees who may teach a few courses and head back to “other lives”; they are committed to a life of climbing.

Place Categories: Mountaineering Guides, Outdoor Instructional Guides, and Trekking Guides.Place Tags: alpine ascents, cascade chimbing, cascade climbing school, climb denail, climb mt mckinley, mount rainier, and seven summits.

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16 reviews

  1. Mitch J., Jun 30, 2010 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    Top notch trekking company. if you’re thinking of climbing Rainier or any other mountain for that matter go with these guys. We didn’t make the summit of Rainier due to a brutal June storm but they did everything they could to get us there while keeping us safe!

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  2. Billy B., Nov 22, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    I have had the pleasure to climb and trek with Alpine Ascents on severals occassions ,including Kilimanjaro, Peru, the Cascades and Alaska . Every trip has been first class- including guides, accomodations, food and general logistics. They set the gold standard for any climbing experience whether domestic or international. I would not consider using any other company for any climb or trek. The guides and office support staff go out of their way to make your trip a success and safe experience. Billy B.

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  3. Cleve M., Nov 22, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    I have been a client of Alpine Ascents for years and finished the Seven Summits with them. I have the highest regard for their safety record and the competence of their well trained guides.
    The success record for Alpine Ascents stands unrivaled. I have witnessed some tense situations with some of their guides and have never been surprised or disappointed by the resolution of the problem. True professionals.
    For the best gear, the best food and best chance at making a safe summit I recommend Alpine Ascents every time!

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  4. Lisa C., Nov 24, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    Alpine Ascents is the best there is in mountaineering. The guides are excellent teachers, caring leaders and strong motivators. I’ve climbed with Alpine Ascents over and over, and even during the rare times a summit isn’t possible due to weather or conditions, I’ve always walked away a better climber for the next time. I’ve climbed domestic and international peaks and their professionalism is top notch. On Mt. Rainier they serve up the best meals on the mountain!
    I’ve been affiliated with a mountain climbing charity for 10 years (fhcrc.org/climb) and Alpine Ascents has donated thousands of dollars and hours benefitting cancer research. I can truly say I’ve never had a complaint.
    If you want to climb a mountain – you don’t need to look any further

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  5. JACK M., Nov 25, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    Have done many trips with AAI and have had a wonderful experience on all of them, started with Kilimanjaro five years ago and followed by their North Cascades 6 day training course, then Rainier…with more than 10 different guides and all were top notch! We did the Emmons route on Rainier and it was challenging weather, but all eight clients made it to the summit. We ate much better than the other groups and with a guide ratio of 1 to 2, it was never uncomfortable for anyone.

    These climbs were followed by the other Seven Summits with AAI, all successful…on the first try. This would never have happened with any other guide company! I have always found them to have the highest professional standards, without exception, on all these climbs. Things fall through the cracks with all the guiding companies from time to time, after all, these are not walks in a park, but their cracks are minimal compared to other companies that I have personally witnessed. I feel very privileged to have hooked up with them and achieved things I never thought possible.

    If you want to climb, these are the guys!!!

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  6. Marybeth D., Nov 27, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    I have been climbing with AAI since 2006. On my first ever climb, we all reached the summit of Mt. Baker thanks to great guiding by AAI. Since then, I’ve had safe, successful climbs of the Mexican Volcanoes, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Kilimanjaro, and Mt. Olympus. The guides are first rate and really made sure that we had a great experience. I would (and do) recommend them to my friends and anyone looking for a great climbing experience

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  7. David K., Nov 27, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    AAI took me from a novice climber to someone who can confidently climb anywhere. The summits are great, but the best part of the climbs is the experience of working with their guides who are knowledgeable, experienced and a great deal of fun. As with many outdoor adventures, especially ones involving diverse groups, there are many challenges. AAI does a great job of addressing these and making it all work. Looking forward to many more climbs with AAI!

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  8. Rebecca L, Nov 27, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    I’ve climbed Rainier and Kilimanjaro with AAI and had a fabulous experience both times. The guides were professional, experienced, attentive and well prepared to handle all of the details of our climb. My experience on Kili was exceptional and the guides and porters made it a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our group. Special shout out to John Hauf for being an amazing guide on our 1 week Kili climb, as well as Gordon and the AAI staff for their exceptional guide support for the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer!

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  9. Julie H., Nov 27, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    I have climbed with AAI five times over the past four years–Rainier, Baker, Volcanoes of Mexico, Kilimanjaro, and Aconcagua. (Previously, I had climbed Rainier twice with another guide service.) AAI’s guides are extremely professional and experienced. Safety always comes first, but the guides also know how to have fun. Had many laughs on Kili!
    I’ve reached the summit on every trip except the one to Aconcagua, where the weather simply didn’t cooperate. I would never travel with anyone else! Now I’m off to Everest Base Camp/Island Peak with them this spring.

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  10. Colin S., Nov 28, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    4/5

    I have been on 7 trips (6-day, Baker 3 times, Rainier 2 times and Eldorado) with AAI and everyone there has been excellent to work with. The guides I have had on my trips are the best. I learned more in my 6 day course than I ever thought I would. I learn something new on every trip in fact.

    Twice on Baker our group was caught in bad rain storms and while we were in our tents, we watched the guides fix our meals and hot drinks in the rain. They work for hard doing what they love.

    Climbing should not only be about summitting a mountain. If that is your only goal with mountain climbing prepare to have the weather and conditions disappoint you. Be prepared and go with an open mind and you will enjoy the journey that AAI takes you on.

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  11. R P., Nov 29, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    I have been on 6 trips with Alpine Ascents, including mountaineering school, domestic, and international climbs. I have used other guide services in the US, and I wouldn’t climb again with anyone other than AAI. Mountain climbing is a dangerous and difficult activity, and the guides and staff are by far the most experienced and safety conscious I have seen anywhere in the world. I have always had a positive experience with the company, even when things don’t go perfectly according to plan (and when you’re traveling to remote mountain areas, things will not go perfectly and according to plan). What makes AAI an industry leader is their ability to professionally and responsibly handle difficult situations. I have always had good relationships with the office staff, but for me, what really makes them the superior guide service is how they treat their clients when they are in very challenging situations like being violently ill at 15,000ft., days away from civilization, a doctor, or pharmacy. Some guides will abandon clients in favor of progressing those who are strong enough to move forward or will leave them with someone who can’t speak their language or assist them in any way, but when this happened to me and others I know, the Alpine Ascents crew went out of their way to get me healthy, cared for, and to a safe location. I can not recommend them highly enough.

    Mountaineering is about more than summiting, and no company embraces that philosophy better than Alpine Ascents.

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  12. DM W., Dec 11, 2011 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    I’ve been climbing for 7 years now, tackled my very first mountain, Mt Baker, with AAI and have been on 2 other trips with them. It was miserable for hours on Mt Baker, with rain and cold and our guides were the best, making us stay warm and dry in our tents, while they delivered hot beverages and a hot breakfast! The weather lifted, they put us through snow school and we enjoyed a spectacular, sunrise summit the following morning! Then I went on Mt Rainier with AAI – did not get to summit on this trip, because of weather. We were all dressed and ready to go, but our AAI guides suggested we wait out the cold rain a bit – after 7 hours they said there was nothing to do but pack it in. Smart choice, since we learned later that another group choose to “brave” the weather, but didn’t get very far at all, when they had to turn back with a hypothermic climber. Better to be safe than sorry! And then I went with AAI to Mexico, to climb Iztacc√≠huatl and Pico de Orizaba! My guides again were fantastic and I still put this trip and these two summits as the most spectacular of the 7 summits I’ve personally made – thanks to the skill, expertise and fun-loving personalities of AAI guides!

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  13. William S., Sep 26, 2012 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    I just finished a 3-day climb of Rainier with Alpine, and they are fantastic. Their guides balance camaraderie, professionalism, safety, and patience perfectly. They were organized from the sign up all the way back to the return to Seattle. The amount of thought put into the logistics is evident in how smoothly everything ran, and the food is the best on the mountain, hands down.

    Adventures produce truly dynamic environments, and it was clear from all the guides that the groups safety was the most important thing, not summiting. Keeping those priorities straight really affords the best opportunity to have the right experience. It’s good to remember the best part of any adventure is not knowing the outcome!

    In short, I was well fed, safe, and enjoyed the company of some truly talented guides. I will be using Alpine again, and HIGHLY recommend that you do too!

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  14. Jared S., Feb 24, 2013 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    I grew up climbing in the Cascades. My wife became interested in climbing mountains with me and I hired Alpine Ascents to safely take us to the top of Mt. Rainier. When top notch logistics and safety are paramount, say no more, they are the best in industry. I’ve climbed guided with other outfits multiple times and no one compares with Alpine Ascents. They have the most experienced guides in the business. We are planning climb our first 8000m peak in the Himalaya and it will be with Alpine for sure.

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  15. Vik Sahney, Nov 29, 2013 - Alpine Ascents International
    4/5

    I started off my alpine mountaineering career by taking a 6 day glacier mountaineering course on Mt. Baker with Alpine Ascents. The course was fantastic and it really provided me with a solid foundation. We had one guide and four students. I would give this class 5 stars!

    I climbed Vinson Massif in 2011 with Alpine Ascents to complete my 7 Summits. The guides, Garrett Madison and Vern Tejas were incredibly experienced both in terms of Vinson (25+ summits), Antarctica (Vern had been cross continent before), and general mountaineering (lots of Rainier, Himalaya climbs etc.). Both were calm, confident, and strong guides. We had a team of about 7 clients. Logistics were smooth and everything was well planned. Pre-trip communications were also very good. We stayed together as one large team. Great food and good dining tent setup.

    I had two concerns that came up on this trip. The first was a common one when going with a guided group, which is the level of fitness and experience each member of the team has. For one more novice team member I know the office worked closely with her to lay out a good plan to learn climbing skills and train for the trip. She closely followed that plan and did well on the trip. For another member, his English skills were quite low and his physical fitness was not up to the challenge. He ended up not continuing to high camp. The guides handled the situation well and it did not impact the team, but the office probably could have helped him prepare more for the trip.

    The second was after summiting Vinson ahead of schedule and with a favorable weather forecast. A number of members were interested in climbing nearby Mt. Shinn, the 3rd highest peak. The lead guide, Vern didn’t seem to consider it an option and really wanted to get us all back to Union Glacier Camp. I understand he has a deep experience base to draw from and perhaps it was the right decision, but I still disagree with it today. Incidentally we were then stuck in Union Glacier camp for 15 days waiting for the ALE jet to get us due to a strike in Chile, a malfunction on the aircraft, etc. (all items beyond Alpine Ascents Control). Alpine Ascents were helpful in managing the delays (e.g., changing flights, supporting sat phone calls, etc.) and in enjoying the time in base camp by permitting us to go climb in the nearby areas on our own (some of us were quite experienced).

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  16. Stephanie C., Jul 25, 2014 - Alpine Ascents International
    5/5

    Very professional and thorough guide company.

    I, along with three other friends, signed up for the 3-day Muir climb earlier this month. The company was really good about sending out communication to their climbers (gear lists, gear recommendations, fitness training programs, etc) in the months leading up to the trip. Once we arrived for gear check the day before our climb, it was obvious we were in very capable and knowledgeable hands.

    Setting off to summit Mt. Rainier is nothing to take lightly, but I felt totally comfortable with all of our guides and their expertise. Technically speaking, it is really just a walk in the park (national park that is), but I thought it could be physically demanding and pretty challenging at times. That’s where the guides come in. They were there all the way talking us through things and giving us the skills to finish our climb. You may not like what they have to say (they have a schedule in place and know when to push and motivate people), but their ultimate goal is to keep every safe.

    The food served on the trip was pretty good (even by non-mountain standards), and the gear we rented from them was excellent. I did like that their office was located in Seattle, and returns to Seattle. It allows their out-of-town climbers to make more of a vacation out of their trips. They also provide the transportation from Seattle to the park, so that you don’t have to rent a car. All in all, a really successful trip, and I would highly recommend this company to anyone.

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