Celebrating 27 years of operation in 2013, Alpine Ascents International, Inc. is a leader in the climbing industry and has been instrumental in setting precedent in the international guiding community. This year we will schedule/operate over 30 expeditions and over 50 training courses in fourteen countries, including the Arctic and Antarctic regions. These expeditions range from three-day climbs of Mount Rainier, six-day training courses in the North Cascades and Alaska to three month expeditions to Mount Everest.
Alpine Ascents International has been guiding international expeditions for over 25 years. For the last 24 years Alpine Ascents has guided large Himalayan expeditions lasting over two months twice a year. Since our inception in 1986, Alpine Ascents International has emerged a leader in the mountain guiding industry, establishing alpine standards throughout the climbing world. The paramount attribute of our success is our ability to guide, train and develop climbers. Alpine Ascents International leads expeditions to the highest mountain on all seven continents and has obtained outstanding success on our Mt. Everest expeditions (1992-1996, 2000, 2002-2012) assisting 227 to the summit, the most guided ascents by any guide service. In an effort to continue to explore and share more remote places of the world, expeditions have recently been developed in Mongolia, Greenland, and India. Alpine Ascents’ reputation in guiding peaks around the world and training climbers is unsurpassed.
Alpine Ascents has been in most major print and media publications, including Turning Point, MSNBC, ABC Nightly News, New York Times, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, USA Today, 20/20, Dateline, ABC, NBC, Business Week, National Geographic Adventure, LA Times, etc. Our web site won a prestigious Webby Award in 2006 and has been selected as Best of Travel by Forbes Magazine since 2000.
In 2012, Travel and Leisure selected Alpine Ascents International as one of the Top (40) Adventure Outfitters in the world. We are proud to be the only climbing company to be chosen! In 2009, Alpine Ascents was honored by being chosen as one of "The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. We are extremely proud to be named the highest rated Mountain Guide Service.
Our on-line cybercasts of Mt. Everest and other expeditions are legendary and have become the premier cybercast/webshow in the travel industry.
Working with not-for-profit organizations has enabled Alpine Ascents to participate in local communities and help raise funds and awareness for these organizations through the achievement of a mountaineering objective. Alpine Ascents also operates and makes broad based donation to the Sherpa Education Fund.
Alpine Ascents International’s philosophy is based on a true love and understanding of mountain wilderness. Our mission and goals are simple: by utilizing the best climbing talent in the country, we offer the opportunity for climbers at all levels to achieve personal aspirations through quality, challenging, safe and fun expeditions. Unparalleled Mountain Adventures are what we do.
At Alpine Ascents we pride ourselves on the excellence of our safety record. When making decisions or organizing expeditions, safety is our primary focus. By establishing a prevention program for each expedition, we ensure each expedition and each course is as safe as possible.
Of principal concern to Alpine Ascents is protection of our clients and the natural environment. All Alpine Ascents guides are expected to present a balanced philosophy of wilderness ethics through discussions focusing on preservation, appreciation, enlightened, sensitive use.
To sum: Alpine Ascents International, Inc. is a full service guiding concern specializing in organizing international expeditions to the highest peaks in the world. Our objectives are multifaceted. First and foremost, we prepare our climbers thoroughly for the technical and physical challenges inherent to alpine mountaineering. Secondly, we seek to enhance our clients’ appreciation for and sensitivity to the natural environment. Finally, we hope to strengthen our clients’ confidence by guiding them to mastery over skills with which they are able to approach the high alpine, Arctic and Antarctic environments. Therefore, we focus our attention on actualizing the potential of the individual with equal attention to the promulgation of wilderness preservation ethics. To conclude, our purpose is to transcend a one dimensional approach to guiding and to assist our clients to grasp the depth and latitude of the rich mountaineering experience and develop safe, self-sufficient and environmentally conscious alpine mountaineers.