Alpine Ascents had 100% climber success (26 climbers and guides) on Vinson this year! Congrats to Garrett, Matt and Sam, and the climbing teams!
Why Climb Vinson with Alpine Ascents?
The recent allure of summiting the highest point on each continent has brought a great number of climbers to Vinson, though just over 1,200 people have stood atop its pyramid. Praise for this climb and its nearby surroundings have spread quickly throughout the mountaineering community. Alpine Ascents International is generally considered the premier Vinson guiding service.
Alpine Ascents on Vinson
Beginning our commercial expeditions in 1992 (yes, there were some commercial flights back then) Alpine Ascents, along with our flight service, has led and cultivated climbing practices and partners. With nearly 100% success in that time, we have developed logistics, climbing routes, camps and communication protocols that have help facilitate our high summit and safety record. While extra days on the mountain and satellite phones have become standard practice, our experience in is unsurpassed. Our ability to lead several trips per season puts us in position to adjust to changing conditions and to draw on resources that a one-guide, single expedition can't. We encourage you to ask questions of Alpine Ascents and other guide services before embarking on an expedition of this magnitude and expense.
Key Elements of our Climb and Success:
Experience: We have been guiding Vinson since 1990. Scheduled guides for 2013-2014 include Himalayan and Antarctic experts Vern Tejas and Garrett Madison. We have likely put more climbers on Vinson than any other guide service.
Personnel: Experienced lead guides stationed on the continent allow for flexibility and an understanding of current mountain conditions. Alpine Ascents is known worldwide for the unparalleled quality of its guide staff. While many other outfitters are little more than a one-man show, our trips are led by professional mountaineers with great flexibility in guide staff, as well as full-time office support, logistics, and access and information for other great climbs around the world. Our guides are teachers willing to share their breadth of knowledge.
Success: Typically we have 100% success in taking expeditions to the summit, with over 90% climbers summitting: 100% in 2012 and 2013. In 2011 and 2012: 100% of all three expeditions reached the summit, and our Ski the Last Degree Team reached the South Pole. In the 2010-2011 season, all four teams reached the summit. 2009-2010 saw 100% expedition success. And 2008saw stellar year, with three full teams and 100% success among 33 climbers (plus our fabulous guides) Since 1990, we have had over a 95% summit-success rate on our Mount Vinson expedition.
Office support: We offer 24-hour contact with our office and a staff that has worked with climbers in arctic environments for 20 years. We promise you a quick and honest response to your questions.
- Small climber-to-guide ratios of 5:1 or less
- Alpine Ascents staff member/guide assisting climbers in Punta Arenas
- Carefully composed menus based on more than 15 years of experience
- Ability to proactively deal with flight changes, and change flights while still in Antarctica
Mountain Caches: Alpine Ascents is one of the few outfitters allowed to cache gear at Vinson Base Camp, Low Camp and High Camp and thus we have a full set of cook wear, stoves, tents and climbing equipment. This greatly reduces the pack weight (now 30 lbs.) climbers need to carry.
Multiple Departures: We offer several departures each season, with guides stationed in the Antarctic, which allows us to adjust to changing mountain conditions.
Cybercasts: Alpine Ascents provides family and friends the opportunity to follow our climbs in real time. Using state-of-the art technology, we receive regular dispatches from the climbers and post them on our website. Not only do you feel the excitement of watching a team as it moves up the mountain, the archived cybercasts provide an excellent resource and learning tool when you research expeditions. Enjoy the show! We send along two Iridium phones with each expedition to facilitate communications.
Alpine Ascents has a full gear department ready to assist with your climbing questions and preparations.
We have a full-time gear staff and a retail store. All Alpine Ascents climbers receive a discount on each purchase in our gear store.