My experience with SIET on the Ishinca Valley Expedition was incredible! Being able to climb in the Cordillera Blanca was extremely humbling. The instructors Josh Beckner, Marisol Sullivan, and Brian Smith, all did an excellent job of teaching myself and my fellow students the various techniques needed to climb in these complex ranges. After the course I felt competent and confident enough to start climbing objectives in other parts of the world. Because of my experience on glaciers during the expedition, the course was a crucial piece of obtaining my job as a glacier guide working for Adventure 60 North in Seward, Alaska. I have since furthered my skill sets that I have learned on the course, and have started down the track to becoming an AMGA Ski Guide. I highly recommend this trip to anybody wishing to further their knowledge to be able to climb in the great ranges of the world, or if they are considering becoming a mountain guide. Climb on!

Alex Bogner