I can’t say enough good about SEIT. First of all, Josh and Marisol run an incredible program that gracefully rides the line between giving attendees the perfect amount of autonomy and opportunity for learning but also making sure that from a logistic/safety standpoint things are more or less taken care of. When I first researched … read more »
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 … read more »
There are many opinions surrounding mountaineering best practices, and as climbers we will encounter a huge spectrum of techniques and rules. Unlike most programs, SIET does not teach rules blindly, but rather how to draw your own conclusions and choose when and how rules should be applied- the ability to think critically in the mountains. This education … read more »
The SIET instructors are clearly first-class alpinists, and dedicated teachers. All the lessons – from hard, technical details to the subtle nuances of life at altitude – were always delivered clearly, and with full explanations as to ‘why’. They were consistently able to anticipate the mistakes students would make, and instantly leverage them into learning … read more »
SIET opened my eyes to the world of expedition climbing. It helped me to understand what climbing safely and successfully in the big mountains requires. It showed me the level I need to reach to achieve my goals in climbing and skiing.
My SIET trip was an experience of a lifetime and an adventure I will never forget. I have learned climbing and rescue skills that are now essential to my life outside. Thank you SIET for helping me progress to a new level in the adventures I pursue!
Josh and Marisol were pretty amazing instructors and really allowed us to figure out situations for ourselves. I not only gained valuable skills on the course, but I also learned where the holes in my knowledge were located and some resources to continue developing long after the course ended. There were a lot of moments for self … read more »
My SIET course helped push me into the world of professional mountain guiding. Even though I am not currently working in the field (I worked for Shasta Mountain Guides and now I’m in the Peace Corps), the lessons I learned about managing situations and leadership have been transferable to many parts of my life. The … read more »
Although I’m just a weekend warrior, I can say that the course proved really useful for me as, among other things, I gained the skills for multi-pitch ice climbing which I’m really into now (also, I’m spreading love for the quad which is basically unknown over here in the EU 😉 ). Furthermore, for this … read more »
This was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, thank you! It pushed me to a new level. I didn’t think I would be able to accomplish several of the learning objectives but the instructors and course progression enabled me to do so. My skills (mountaineering, expedition planning and confidence) increased ten-fold.