He who makes a beast of himself relieves himself the pain of being a man. -Hunter S. Thompson

Guided Mountain Climbing in Alaska, the Alps and Internationally

Alpine Climbing represents the ultimate climbing experience. It is the cornerstone from which all other forms of climbing were born. The integration of rock climing, ice and snow climbing and being out in the mountains combine to make the experience extremely rich and rewarding. We offer guided alpine ascents on the finest mountains throughout the world.

Challenge yourself; come explore the raw beauty, purity and exhileration only to be found in the high mountains.

Alaska Expeditions

Mooses Tooth

Mount Huntington

Ruth Gorge

Wrangell/St. Elias Mountains

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Selected International Expeditions




Canadian Rockies

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Climbing in the European Alps

This is a five-day course that culminates in an attempt to summit the 15,770-foot summit of Mont Blanc. Upon its first ascent in 1786 the sport of mountaineering was born. Today, it still represents a significant ascent on any aspiring alpinist’s resume. We will spend three days preparing and acclimatizing for our ascent on the glaciers and smaller peaks around the Chamonix valley. Then we will make our bid for the summit on the final two days of this well-rounded mountaineering course.

Experience level:Good overall physical fitness, some previous climbing or mountaineering experience.

A mastery in beautiful symmetry, the pyramidal summit of this 14,688-foot mountain represents the perfect mountain shape by which many other mountains around the world are compared. Cut on four sides by glaciation, the resulting four prominent ridge-lines offer straight forward, if slightly difficult means of ascent. The peak was first climbed in 1865 by the Englishman Edward Whymper and company, by the Northeast, or Hornli ridge. Due to the rudimentary equipment and utter lack of safe climbing skills, a tragic accident happened while descending from the summit. The ensuing controversy has become one of the most famous mountaineering tales ever and lies at the center of the wonderfully rich climbing lore of the quaint Swiss mountain hamlet of Zermatt.

Our ascent of the Matterhorn will also take the infamous Hornli ridge, only bypassing the area where Whymper’s party met with disaster over 135 years ago. This is a five day course designed to provide you with the best chances for success on this moderately technical adventure.

Experience level:comfortable on easy fifth class rock terrain with mountaineering boots, proficient at cramponning up moderate snow and ice slopes and good to excellent overall physical fitness.

Perhaps no other mountain in the world conjures up such feelings of high adventure, challenge, and human triumph as the famous, 13,024-foot Eiger. Iconalized by the historic and well documented first ascent of its savage North Face in 1938, by a strong German-Austrian team of four young men, the North Face of the Eiger still stands today as one of the landmark achievements in the history of mountaineering. A wonderfully detailed account of this climb as well as a brilliant history of the mountain can be found in Heinrich Harrer’s book, The White Spider. This is a must read for all mountaineers.

Our ascent of this prolific mountain will not take on this frighteningly beautiful North Face, but instead opt for the more reasonable, yet tantalizing Northeast or Mittellegi ridge. This route is rated a “D” and is a long, rock and mixed climb. It goes up the east or left-hand side of the famous Nordwand (North Face). It is a classic route. We will likely descend the South Ridge. The climb itself takes two days, though it is recommended to spend a few days prior to the ascent climbing other nearby peaks to better acclimatize and familiarize oneself with the surrounding area.

The Eiger is located above the small mountain village of Grindelwald, Switzerland not too far from the lake shores of Interlakken. This is classic Switzerland with many landscapes reminiscent of scenes from The Sound of Music. There are many other wonderful peaks in the area including the Mönch and Jungfrau, both over 4,000 meters.

Experience level: comfortable on easy fifth class rock terrain with mountaineering boots, proficient at cramponning up moderate snow and ice slopes and good to excellent overall physical fitness.


Menacing and magnificent, a kaleidiscope of colours over 3000 metres high. The breathtaking beauty of the Dolomites will leave you speechless.

The possibilites offered by this immense natural gymnasium are innumerable. The great thing about the dolomites is that along with it’s beauty, there is something for everyone. Long routes to short ones, and via ferratas to break it up or for bad weather days. There are many moderate routes from complex to simple. The rock is featured and absolutely fun to climb! There are literally thousands of climbs. And then there are of course the ‘Vie Ferrate’ and equipped paths, ‘invented’ here, enabling easy access to the summits of the greatest and highest Dolomite peaks.

Climbers may want to spend one or two weeks. There are climbs of all levels, and even long mountaineering routes can be finished with an easy return to a hut and a fine italian meal to end the day.

What is the appropriate trip for you? Itineraries can be customized to your desire and ability. Five to seven days is recommended. A suggested itinerary would include a day of shorter climbs in Cortina to warm up, several days of climbing in the Sella Towers for beautiful, long, moderate tower climbing, one or two days of mountaineering, and a day of via ferrata for historical adventure. If a rest day is needed, the surrounding villages are charming, and Venice is only two hours away.

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