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Hi All,
I'm looking to get into some mountaineering and alpine climbing now that I've moved out to the Pacific Northwest. I've been looking into some different classes and was curious if anyone had taken them or had any recommendations. I live in the Seattle area and have looked at The Mountaineers, Washington Alpine Club, and RMI. If you have any other suggestions that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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If you do a class with RMI you'll likely get some very knowledgable guides that can impart some of their wisdom on you.

I've climbed with a few people from the Mountaineers and they're good people.  I don't live in the area but perused their website once and they seem pretty thorough.  I'd probably climb with them if I lived in Seattle.  It seems like over the course of a few years you could really build a skill set.  It looks like to me that they put a lot of emphasis on you being self sufficient in the mountains whereas some guides just want to finish the trip safely and aren't necessarily gearing you up to go out on your own.
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The Mountaineers is a good organization to belong too. They have trips often.  As does REI with some experienced leaders.

Like skik said, I liked RMI and if you do well you can be considered for other guided climbs they off as well.

You had best be in the best physical condition of your life tho.


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I took a class from Alpine Ascents.  I loved it.  I've heard good things about American Alpine Institute also.  I don't think you could go wrong with any of the reputable climbing schools and guide services in your area.  Do your research and find one that best matches your goals and climbing ethos. Have fun!

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Without having looked @ the Mtneers program for a while what I'd recommend is doing a condensed course from Alpine Ascents and then signing up with the Mountaineers to continue your education/training.
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I've done an expedition skills trip and summit climb of rainier with RMI and they're great.  The only other guide service I've used is Jackson Hole Mountain Guides and they were good as well.
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