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  • Alaska Range Mountaineering

    Alaska Range Mountaineering

    An adventurous introduction to big mountain expeditions, you'll learn the climbing skills and techniques used in modern alpine mountaineering and earn the opportunity to climb several beautiful peaks in the heart of the Alaska Range. Prepare for Denali or other major climbs around the world.

  • Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership, Part 1

    Alpine Mountaineering and Technical Leadership, Part 1

    Men's Journal calls AAI's four-part mountain leadership program "the country's most respected and thorough rock and mountaineering course." Part one (12 days) introduces glacier skills and alpine rock climbing at a moderate difficulty level. After training on the Easton Glacier, we normally summit Mount Baker, make ascents in the Washington Pass area, and conclude with a student-led ascent of a major North Cascades summit.

  • Alpine Rock Climbing

    Alpine Rock Climbing

    Some of the most inspirational and beautiful lines in North America may be found on remote, high and wild alpine peaks. The first part of this two-part program introduces climbers to the art of alpine rock climbing. The second part expands on the knowledge presented in the first part and provides climbers with the skills and techniques to lead their own alpine rock routes.

  • Alpinism 1 - Introduction to Mountaineering

    Alpinism 1 - Introduction to Mountaineering

    This course provides a general introduction to the sport of mountain climbing, including one day of rock climbing and five days on Mt. Baker for a thorough introduction to glacier travel, crevasse rescue, self-arrest, and movement on snow and ice. The course culminates with a climb of Mt. Baker.

  • Avalanche Awareness Seminars

    Avalanche Awareness Seminars

    These seminars are free and open to the public. While not a substitute for field training, the seminar provides a general introduction to avalanche safety in the backcountry.

  • Avalanche Refresher - AIARE 1

    Avalanche Refresher - AIARE 1

    This 1-day Avalanche course is for those who have already completed an avalanche education course and would like to refresh their skills. This field-based clinic provides an excellent review of the material in the AIARE Level 1 course and includes a discussion of industry updates.

  • Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE

    Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE

    New as of the 2017/2018 season, this 1-day course is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course.

  • Avalanche Training - AIARE 1

    Avalanche Training - AIARE 1

    AIARE's introductory level avalanche course, renamed "AIARE Rec 1" for the 2017-2018 season, provides students with the tools, knowledge, and decision making skills necessary to minimize your exposure to risk in avalanche terrain. The first day of this three-day program is in a classroom in a nearby city or town followed by two days in the field.

  • Backcountry Ski Course with Avalanche 1 Training

    Backcountry Ski Course with Avalanche 1 Training

    American Alpine Institute has a wide variety of winter programming available to teach you the skills you need to travel through the untracked backcountry. Many of these programs dovetail together and you can flow from one into another with minimal down-time. Whether you're beginner, intermediate, or advanced, there's a winning combination waiting for you.

  • Backcountry Skiing - Intro

    Backcountry Skiing - Intro

    This 1-day course is designed for those who have little or no backcountry skiing experience and want to learn the basics. We'll introduce you to the different types of gear that allow us to travel through the backcountry, including use of climbing skins and other backcountry tools. Once on the snow, you'll learn specific techniques for moving through pristine backcountry terrain.

  • Backpacking and Wilderness Skills

    Backpacking and Wilderness Skills

    An introductory weekend backpacking trip designed for people with little or no overnight camping in the wilderness. Set in the North Cascades of Washington, the course covers equipment selection, navigation, meal planning and cooking, campsite selection, and an introduction to ice-axe use for early season backpacking trips.

  • Backpacking in the High Sierra

    Backpacking in the High Sierra

    Join us for a unique trek through the heart of California's High Sierra, a place John Muir called the "Range of Light." We take care of the logistics, so you can simply enjoy yourself in this beautiful place.

  • Backpacking in the North Cascades

    Backpacking in the North Cascades

    Join us for five days of backpacking in North Cascades, a vast and rugged wilderness in northwest Washington State. Learn the fundamentals of wilderness living while enjoying some of the most inspiring alpine scenery in North America.

  • Beginning Rock Climbing - Mt Erie, WA

    Beginning Rock Climbing - Mt Erie, WA

    The Beginning Rock Climbing course is an introduction designed for people who have little or no experience in rock climbing. The course is ideal for those who are curious and want to experience the thrill of rock climbing in a beautiful natural setting. By the end of the course, participants should feel comfortable climbing with experienced friends and be able to pass a rock gym belayer's test.

  • Bolivia - Huayna Potosi Skills Expedition

    Bolivia - Huayna Potosi Skills Expedition

    The high peaks of Bolivia's Cordillera Real offer some of the most spectacular alpine climbing in the world. Join AAI for just the first part of this skill-building expedition, or use it to prepare and acclimatize for the Illimani Expedition.

  • Boulder Rock Climbing

    Boulder Rock Climbing

    One of the most iconic and historic venues in American rock climbing, Boulder, Colorado offers stunningly diverse climbing in Eldorado Canyon State Park and the Flatirons, including everything from short sport lines to 1,000-foot multi-pitch adventures. With thousands of routes to choose from – from novice to expert – the Boulder area may be the best all-around rock climbing destination in the United States.

  • California Fourteeners Climbs

    California Fourteeners Climbs

    Of the fifteen mountains in California that top 14,000 feet in elevation, all but two - Mt. Shasta and White Mountain Peak - are located in the Sierra Nevada range. AAI offers private and group guided trips to all these rugged summits.

  • China - Siguniang Trek

    China - Siguniang Trek

    This trek offers exploration in diverse and remote areas of China, awe-inspiring scenery, and the chance to experience Tibetan and Chinese cultures.

  • Climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Straddling the continental divide of north-central Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is a climber's paradise. From long scrambling routes to classic alpine rock and ice climbs and front-country cragging, the park offers everything a climber could want.

  • Cordillera Blanca Research Expedition

    Cordillera Blanca Research Expedition

    The American Alpine Institute and the American Climber Science Project are leading a month-long research and climbing expedition in Peru’s spectacular Cordillera Blanca this summer. Scientists, volunteers, students, and climbers are invited join us for an expeditionary experience that includes research, conservation, and adventure in Huascaran National Park.

  • Corporate Team Building - Rock Climbing

    Corporate Team Building - Rock Climbing

    Rock climbing is an ideal activity for any organization or corporation interested in team building. The sport presents teamwork as a natural solution to overcoming intense mental and physical challenges.

  • Ecuador - Cotopaxi Skills Expedition

    Ecuador - Cotopaxi Skills Expedition

    With two days of skills instruction, those with little technical climbing experience have the opportunity to ascend Cayambe (18,997 ft) and Cotopaxi (19,348 ft) by way of classic snow and ice routes.

  • Glacier Skills and Crevasse Rescue

    Glacier Skills and Crevasse Rescue

    This 3-day course is a thorough introduction to the bare minimum skills necessary to climb glaciated peaks in a party led by a more seasoned climber. Though the course is designed as a cost-effective introduction, it is also popular with experienced leaders as a refresher course. Continual improvement of our curriculum insures that this course is a good way to keep up with the state of the art.

  • Guided Alpine Climbing in the Alaska Range

    Guided Alpine Climbing in the Alaska Range

    The Central Alaska Range is made up of the peaks and valleys that surround Denali, Mount Hunter, and Mount Foraker. In the deep glacial gorges that drop from Denali's flanks sit some of the most impressive and awe-inspiring mountains in world.

  • Guided Alpine Climbing in the Cascades

    Guided Alpine Climbing in the Cascades

    The glacier and rock ascents in the North Cascades offer beginners and experts alike the opportunity to experience some of the best alpine climbing in America.

  • Guided Alpine Climbing in the French Alps/Chamonix

    Guided Alpine Climbing in the French Alps/Chamonix

    The French Alps are the world capital of alpinism, and for good reason: the range offers hundreds of the highest quality rock, snow, and ice routes with unmatched accessibility.

  • Guided Alpine Rock Climbing in the North Cascades

    Guided Alpine Rock Climbing in the North Cascades

    The clean granite of Washington Pass and the Liberty Bell Group provides some of the best and most accessible alpine rock climbing in the Pacific Northwest. Classics like the Southwest Buttress of South Early Winter Spire make for rewarding outings for intermediate climbers, while the spectacular Liberty Crack challenges the most advanced.

  • Guided Alpine Rock Climbing in the Sierra

    Guided Alpine Rock Climbing in the Sierra

    Ever since the days of famous early mountaineers like Clarence King and John Muir, the Eastern Sierra has been known as one of the most serenely beautiful alpine areas in America.

  • Guided Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in Colorado's San Juans

    Guided Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in Colorado's San Juans

    The San Juan mountains, a sub-range of the Colorado Rockies, have some of the best power stashes in North America. The low density continental snowpack and the short-lived storms combine to make the Colorado backcountry one of the most sought-after destinations for ski touring in the US.

  • Guided Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in the Cascades

    Guided Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding in the Cascades

    Tour the backcountry around Table Mountain or Shuksan Arm, or climb Mt. Baker or Mt. Shuksan and make a classic ski descent. Complete a major multi-day tour in the North Cascades on skis or split snowboard. Or work on your off-piste skills with coaching from a professional guide. We have private programs available for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.

  • Guided Ice Climbing and Winter Ascents in the Cascades

    Guided Ice Climbing and Winter Ascents in the Cascades

    Washington is home to a great variety of ice climbing opportunities. Learn the basics of ice climbing in one of our introductory courses or, once you have the skills, join us for a guided winter ascent of an alpine route.

  • Guided Ice Climbing in Ouray, Colorado

    Guided Ice Climbing in Ouray, Colorado

    With immediate proximity to town and hundreds of routes to learn and train on, there is no better place to learn or explore ice climbing than the Ouray Ice Park and the San Juan backcountry of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Guided Ice Climbing in the Eastern Sierra

    Guided Ice Climbing in the Eastern Sierra

    Accessible from Sacramento, Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, Lee Vining Canyon and the June Lake area in the Eastern Sierra provides some of the finest steep water ice climbing in North America. The Canyon is an excellent place to learn to climb, advance your skills, push into multi-pitch terrain, or combine all of these things into one highly educational, customized course.

  • Guided Rock Climbing at Joshua Tree, CA

    Guided Rock Climbing at Joshua Tree, CA

    Joshua Tree National Park is a true winter playground for climbers of all levels, and the ultimate climbing road-trip destination. The area touts high quality rock with good edges, abundant cracks, and a very high friction factor. Come enjoy the sun with us and try climbing outdoors for the first time, learn to lead, or perfect your crack technique.

  • Guided Rock Climbing at Leavenworth, WA

    Guided Rock Climbing at Leavenworth, WA

    Leavenworth is perhaps the best rock climbing area in the state for recreation and skill-building at all levels. Ease of access, good camping, and high-quality granite combine to make a great outing, whether for a day or a week.

  • Guided Rock Climbing at Mt. Erie, WA

    Guided Rock Climbing at Mt. Erie, WA

    Mount Erie is a great place for a beginning rock climber, or for someone looking to perfect their skills. Located on the top of a large bluff overlooking the San Juan Island and Pacific ocean, the views are stunning. The access at Mount Erie and it's central location in Western Washington make it an ideal spot for climbers who have only a day or even a half day to get out and climb.

  • Guided Rock Climbing at Squamish, BC

    Guided Rock Climbing at Squamish, BC

    The striking white granite of Squamish is most frequently compared to the high quality rock found in Yosemite. Unlike its southern counterpart, Squamish lies far from crowds and R.V. lines.

  • Guided Rock Climbing in Moab & Indian Creek

    Guided Rock Climbing in Moab & Indian Creek

    The town of Moab is surrounded by rock. Climbs of all ability levels are available, just minutes from downtown Moab. Indeed, one of the great advantages to climbing in Moab is the ease of access. Many of the practice crags just outside of town are so close to the road that you can literally open your car door and put on your harness.

  • Guided Rock Climbing in Red Rock - Las Vegas, Nevada

    Guided Rock Climbing in Red Rock - Las Vegas, Nevada

    Located just 20 miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip, the Red Rocks of Southern Nevada provide options for climbers of all ability levels. Red Rock Canyon is an excellent place to learn to climb, advance your skills, climb a long multi-pitch route, or combine all of these things for a highly educational program!

  • Hut-Based Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Instruction

    Hut-Based Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Instruction

    AAI has partnered with Alpine Lakes High Camp to provide hut-based backcountry skiing, splitboarding, and avalanche instruction near Stevens Pass, WA. Roll out of bed, pull on your boots and hit the snow!

  • Ice Climbing & Winter Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Ice Climbing & Winter Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Colorado’s Front Range offers some of the best skiing and winter climbing on the continent. From long mixed climbs to introductory ski tours, the winter enthusiast will have a lifetime of objectives to chose from in this uniquely accessible venue- just 70 miles from Denver International Airport.

  • Ice Climbing - Introduction to Waterfall Ice

    Ice Climbing - Introduction to Waterfall Ice

    Introductory level climbers will learn the basics of ice climbing, crampons, ice tools, ice screws, belaying, knots and top-rope climbing techniques -- all the basics required to be a competent top-roping partner for more experienced climbers. Intermediate and advanced students learn to apply ice climbing techniques on steeper ground and gain the skills to follow and lead climbs in a multi-pitch setting.

  • Introduction to Splitboard Snowboarding

    Introduction to Splitboard Snowboarding

    Use of a splitboard allows snowboarders to easily reach places that just a few years ago were only been accessible to skiers, without the added hassle of carrying snowshoes. Snowboarders can rent splitboards from AAI's rental shop.

  • Kilimanjaro Expedition

    Kilimanjaro Expedition

    Kilimanjaro is among the most diverse and rewarding of the world's great climbs. Join us for a journey to the roof of Africa and along the way gain insight into local cultures and enjoy superb wildlife viewing.

  • La Paz and Cordillera Real Trek

    La Paz and Cordillera Real Trek

    Our exploration of western Bolivia includes a tour of La Paz, Inca and Aymara archaeological sites, and a five-day trek that takes us over a 15,000-foot pass and through Aymara mountain villages largely unaffected by the modern world. Join us for the trek only, or continue with our Cordillera Real Expedition.

  • Leaders of Tomorrow

    Leaders of Tomorrow

    AAI’s youth leadership program focuses on situational judgment and decision-making in a mountain setting while providing a base of general outdoor know-how and mountain sense. Participants learn rock-climbing skills, glacier travel techniques, crevasse rescue, navigation and other skills necessary for an attempt on 10,781-foot Mt. Baker as well as on other peaks.

  • Leave No Trace Master Educator

    Leave No Trace Master Educator

    The Leave No Trace Master Educator course provides participants with extensive training in Leave No Trace skills and ethics, through practical application in a field-based setting. A more comprehensive version of the Leave No Trace Trainer course, the Master Educator course is designed for people who are actively teaching backcountry skills or providing recreation information to the public.

  • Leave No Trace Trainer

    Leave No Trace Trainer

    The Leave No Trace Trainer course provides students an opportunity to develop a high level of understanding of the seven principals of Leave No Trace. Those who successfully complete the course will have the skills to provide LNT educational programing to their own student participants. This is an essential course for outdoor educators, guides and rangers.

  • Longs Peak Hiking & Climbing

    Longs Peak Hiking & Climbing

    Just a couple hours from Denver, Longs Peak, the highest point in the northern Front Range, beckons hikers to its 14,259-foot summit. But the final mile of the ascent of the Keyhole route is a strenuous Class 3 scramble, and a guide is highly recommended to help manage the risks and insure a rewarding experience.

  • Military and Government Mountain Training

    Military and Government Mountain Training

    Members of the military, law enforcement personnel, and civilian security contractors often require high-end mountain, Arctic or high altitude training to accomplish their missions. The American Alpine Institute offers a wide array of custom rock and ice climbing, skiing, mountaineering, cold weather, high altitude and high-angle rescue training options for government and military officials.

  • Mountain Programs for Youth Organizations

    Mountain Programs for Youth Organizations

    The American Alpine Institute has extensive experience putting together unique mountain programs for facilitated groups. These programs may include a variety of mountain skills, including backpacking, rock climbing, bouldering, ice climbing, Leave No Trace, backcountry skiing, or avalanche awareness. AAI has developed several custom programs that meet the needs of Boy Scout and Girl Scout units, schools and universities, as well as summer camps and church groups.

  • Mountaineering Instructor Professional Training Program

    Mountaineering Instructor Professional Training Program

    This comprehensive training program prepares anyone with a love of the mountains to launch a career in mountain guiding. Experienced climbers can place out of introductory level courses. This program is eligible for federal VA educational benefits.

  • Mt. Adams Skills and Climb

    Mt. Adams Skills and Climb

    Mount Adams offers fantastic beginner level ascents while providing stunning views of the surrounding country. It is considered an ideal peak for those who would like a solid introduction to snow climbing and general mountaineering skills.

  • Mt. Baker Skills and Climb

    Mt. Baker Skills and Climb

    This program is for novice climbers who have limited time but would like to experience the thrill of climbing immense glaciers to the summit of one the alpine giants of North America. Mt. Baker's 10,781-foot summit is the highest point in northern Washington and offers commanding views of Vancouver, the San Juans, and the North Cascades.

  • Mt. Elbrus Expedition

    Mt. Elbrus Expedition

    Crowning the great geographic and cultural divide between Europe and Asia, 18,510-foot Mt. Elbrus is one of the world's coveted "Seven Summits." The mountain is heavily glaciated, but its slopes are of moderate angle, making it a suitable climb for those with basic alpine skills and an interest in high altitude climbing. Added attractions on this expedition are the visit to Moscow and cultural experiences in the Caucasus.

  • Mt. Saint Helens Skills and Climb

    Mt. Saint Helens Skills and Climb

    The Southern Cascades Volcanoes offer excellent beginner level ascents while providing stunning views of the surrounding country. Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens are ideal peaks for those who would like a solid introduction to snow climbing and general mountaineering skills.

  • Mt. Shuksan Skills and Climb

    Mt. Shuksan Skills and Climb

    Climb the striking Mt. Shuksan via the Sulphide Glacier, Fisher Chimneys or the North Face. Join us on the Sulphide for a low ratio, beginner/intermediate group climb that incorporates introductory glacier training and rock scrambling; or join us for a more advanced private ascent of the scenic Fisher Chimneys or the challenging North Face.

  • Mt. Whitney Climb

    Mt. Whitney Climb

    Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states, and boasts several moderate rock climbs and scrambles of excellent quality granite. Avoid the crowds by climbing one of these three moderate alpine climbs.

  • Nepal - Khumbu Trek & Island Peak

    Nepal - Khumbu Trek & Island Peak

    This climbing and trekking program explores several of the largest mountain valley systems in the Khumbu Himalaya and includes optional ascent of 20,306-foot Island Peak (Imja Tse).

  • Outdoor Rock Climbing - Intensive Introduction

    Outdoor Rock Climbing - Intensive Introduction

    A four-day intensive course that provides beginners and indoor climbers with a foundation in outdoor climbing techniques and the principals of rock climbing technical systems. By the end of the program, climbers will be able to belay, rappel, and set-up their own single-pitch top-rope systems to enable them to climb independently.

  • Patagonia Trekking and Climbing - Fitzroy and Cerro Torre Area

    Patagonia Trekking and Climbing - Fitzroy and Cerro Torre Area

    Thoroughly explore the Cerro Torre and Fitzroy massifs, view exotic wildlife from lakeside camps, climb to Marconi Pass, explore Glacier Torre, and ascend Cerro Marconi Norte and Cerro Velluda.

  • Peru - Cuzco Tour: Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Urubamba

    Peru - Cuzco Tour: Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and Urubamba

    This program explores the most important sites of the Inca Empire and Spanish colonization in the central Andes, with particular attention given to Machu Picchu, one of the most impressive accomplishments of an ancient civilization in the world.

  • Seven Summits Training Course

    Seven Summits Training Course

    Climbing the Seven Summits - even with top guides - requires a wide array of mountaineering skills and knowledge. AAI's Seven Summits training course is based on a phased approach that prepares you for the upcoming climbs in your progression. In addition to giving you a solid grasp of all the fundamental tools and techniques of the mountaineer, the course provides intensive preparation for cold, altitude, and expedition conditions.

  • Snowshoeing - Mt Baker

    Snowshoeing - Mt Baker

    Snowshoeing is the perfect way for winter wilderness travelers to access some of the most wild and scenic backcountry in the United States. While skiers in the family ride the lifts, join us and experience winter's wonders in the North Cascades.

  • Southern Cascades Volcanoes Skills and Climb

    Southern Cascades Volcanoes Skills and Climb

    The Southern Cascades Volcanoes offer excellent beginner level ascents while providing stunning views of the surrounding country. Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens are ideal peaks for those who would like a solid introduction to snow climbing and general mountaineering skills.

  • Tanzania Safari

    Tanzania Safari

    Join us for a world-class safari experience. We offer driving, walking, and camping safaris through a number of areas in Tanzania, including the Serengeti, Lake Manara, Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Mt. Meru, and many other areas.

  • Technical Rope Rescue Level I - Operations

    Technical Rope Rescue Level I - Operations

    The American Alpine Institute Technical Rope Rescue Level I program is an NFPA compliant rope rescue course. Students will develop the skills to perform rescues and recoveries at the operations level in both steep and high-angle team-rescue scenarios.

  • Three Peaks of Nepal Expedition

    Three Peaks of Nepal Expedition

    A fantastic introduction to Himalayan climbing, and a unique opportunity to climb three classic 20,000-foot peaks in a relatively short time, in one of the most spectacular settings in the world.

  • Trek the Alps - The Haute Route for Hikers

    Trek the Alps - The Haute Route for Hikers

    Join us on this spectacular trek through the heart of the French and Swiss Alps, from Chamonix to Zermatt. This is the hiker's Haute Route, a summer super-light backpacking version of the famous winter ski hut trip.

  • Wilderness First Responder

    Wilderness First Responder

    The Wilderness First Responder first aid program was designed for serious outdoor practitioners. The course provides students with the skills required to manage minor backcountry ailments while simultaneously providing them with baseline techniques that they will need in order to respond to more serious incidents. This course is often required for outdoor professionals.

  • Winter Camping in the Cascades

    Winter Camping in the Cascades

    You know about moving through the backcountry, and you've taken an Avalanche Course. Now take your winter travel to the next level with this course on winter overnight skills.

  • Winter Mountaineering - Ouray, Colorado

    Winter Mountaineering - Ouray, Colorado

    Our complete Winter Mountaineering Course is divided into 3 parts, water ice climbing, winter mountaineering, and backcountry skiing. Participants can take one or all parts over one or several seasons.

  • Women's Climbing & Mountaineering Programs

    Women's Climbing & Mountaineering Programs

    Women interested in climbing with other women are invited to take their rock climbing or mountaineering skills to the next level on a women-only AAI course. Learn to lead climb or summit a snow-capped peak in a supportive, all-women environment. Our women's programs include rock climbing clinics, mountaineering courses, and custom trips.

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