American Alpine Institute
Spreading The Spirit of Alpinism since 1975
For more than 37 years, American Alpine Institute has pioneered the teaching of technical climbing in the United States. At a time when most American guides provided little instruction to their clients, the Institute launched a mountaineering school offering courses in ice climbing, rock climbing, and glacier skills, with a mission to grow its clients into self-sufficient climbers.
Today, the Institute continues this tradition of teaching skill mastery and self-leadership, an approach that contributes to our extraordinary record of safety and success in the great ranges of the world. Come climb with us and launch a long career in the mountains ... or just enjoy a day of thrill and challenge.