AAI provides an excellent product. My guides Parker and Kyle did an extraordinary job during the Alpinism 1 course. I highly recommend AAI if you want to be an outstanding alpine climber with a well-rounded knowledge base.
Thank you, Kelsey! We're so glad you had a great experience. Happy climbing!
I recently completed a Learn to Lead course down in Red Rocks with AAI Instructor Chad Cochran. Everything about my experience with AAI was 5 star worthy. The communication leading up to the course was excellent. My instructor Chad was fabulous, and I walked away feeling accomplished and ready to try my new skills on my own. I really want to spotlight Chad though. The entire three days we spent together were a total blast. He was humble, patient, informative, highly competent, and fun. I learned so much and I really appreciated him sharing his knowledge in a way that accommodated my style of learning. Thank you AAI, and thank you Chad. 10/10 would recommend this experience for anyone wanting to learn more about lead climbing, and I look forward to future courses with AAI.
First: I have never been a customer of AAI. That being said, I'm a mountaineer with many years of experience both climbing as well as teaching. Some of my students have gone on to summit 8000 meter peaks. (Sadly, I've only ever been as high as the summit of Aconcagua.) The review: the range of courses and climbs that these folks offer is impressive for such a small operation. I honestly wonder how they make money; they must be doing it for the sheer love of mountaineering. I do have personal experience with some of the guides, because I was descending the Kautz Glacier route once and at the logjam point (you know where that is, if you've ever been there), I and my rope partners got behind a couple of AAI guides and their clients and we got to chatting. Really friendly, experienced fellows whom I wouldn't hesitate to share a rope with. If you live in Bellingham and are interested in a climb but don't have a lot of experience, you should really take advantage of this home-town gem. (Also, I am not affiliated with AAI in any way. I'm stuck being a computer keyboard jockey these days, but I long to be back in the mountains.)