Tracy Greenwood – Custom Crevasse Rescue Course 2013
I wanted to write to you to say thanks for the excellent class.. you know.. I really haven’t had an actual class from you. I was totally impressed with how you took what I told you I wanted to learn and put that together in such a well organized way. you didn’t waste a minute. you covered everything that I felt I wanted to know in enough depth that I can use a lot of it as is.. and what I need more work on, I can work on with Trixie. It was nice after all the climbing I have done to finally be shown ice axe arrest… it was about time.
I also thought it was just incredible that you could work with three people of such various levels of experience, knowledge and ability and make the same class content useful for all of us. you are as fine of an instructor as a guide (alpine facilitator).
Yekaterina Borisenko – Rock Climbing 101 particpant 12′
Rock climbing was something I never thought I’d experience due to my fear of heights! When the group first arrived at the rock we were planning to climb I took one look and thought, I’m never going to do this. I let my belay partner go first as I gathered my strength. When I finally started climbing I had this rush of adrenaline and became so focused on climbing that no other thoughts could come into my head. Getting to the top of the climb I looked down and all I could think was, Wow I really CAN do this. I wanted to go on higher and harder climbs because it felt so good to know that I can achieve something I never imagined possible for me. The rest of the time flew by so fast and I had a difficult time leaving.
It has been a wonderful experience and I want to thank KAF Adventures for their enthusiasm and professionalism. We were provided with all the necessary equipment to ensure our safety. I had complete confidence in the two guides we had and their knowledge of rock climbing – they enabled me to always feel safe and to challenge myself. Thank You!
Mohan D. – Intro to Mountaineering participant 12′
In the last few ‘soggy and wet’ days with the chill, I learnt more than just mountaineering. You all don’t do business, you all share experience and develop relationships. While the wet weather was a great deterrent to learning, Lenka was patient with us and much like a doting kindergarten teacher kept prodding us to keep going.
Mountaineering is not all about steps, belay, ropes and knots but a lot more than that; one we develop as a team. In adverse situations every bit of our self is tuned towards selfish needs but you all at KAF make sure that we learn to expand the self to a
larger body and I quote you ‘ You are KAF Adventures.’ It is a loaded statement and that one small sentence binds us together. Like the curious first timer we were obviously eager to climb Mt. Baker and we learnt another important lesson. Safety. Being back home to family an getting an opportunity to sit and write this mail is a greater experience than not. Baker will be there. Other mountains will be too and we will keep climbing. I personally hope to keep climbing and not only half-across the world here in the USA but also in my backyard in India.
Jessica Rubie – yoga hikes, snow shoeing, and rock climbing participant – 11′ – 12′
KAF Adventures feels more community and education driven. I walk away with resources that I can use to continue to do fun things outside, or there are other events with KAF that I can continue to participate in throughout the year to get better at a certain skill. KAF gets people out of their comfort zone – the activities are physically challenging, you carpool with people you don’t know, and often their guides bring a certain spiritual component to programs too!
Judy Peterson – Backpacking and Yoga – Canyonlands – Fall 11′
I just wanted to let you know that I meant it when I said the trip was life-altering. My priorities have shifted
towards taking care of my health and fitting more spiritual time into each day. Here are some more gems of learning gleaned from the trip:
- Even if I am in pain, I can continue to move and be physically active.
- Everyone else’s needs do not always precede mine.
- Sleeping on the ground is a good thing. (I actually miss it from time to time.)
- Some things are worth letting go while others are worth fighting for. Wisdom is knowing which one is which.
- I am stronger than I thought–physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Again, and again, thanks a bunch for being such a great guide and for having patience and a sense of humor.
It is such a pleasure for me to climb with you. I love your attitude, your passion for climbing, your concern for others — and, of course, your smile! There have been so many others that I’ve climbed with over the years, but you embody all of the qualities that I find so important to make the overall experience of climbing ‘complete’. Climbing is such an essential part of who I am (even though in a moderate kind of way), and having someone like you to make that experience the best possible is a rare gift. I am also so very impressed with your dedication to making your business successful and will help in any way I can.
Thank you Mick & Mindy! What a wonderful, exciting, beautiful and enlightening day we all had! I don’t think it could’ve been any better than it was. Simply, the best day ever. Thank you for your hospitality, your enthusiasm, your kind and warm spirit, and… for making us all take some ‘much needed’ time for reflection, peace and inner connection. I will definitely be back to join the KAF adventures…I couldn’t think of a better community to be involved in! You both will be in my thoughts when referring clients to an experience that they will never forget! Thank you for making my 34th birthday extra special!
Mick Pearson is the finest mountain guide you could ever hire – bar none. He has only one interest, helping you do what you have dreamed about doing, and doing it safely. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable in equipment, climbing skill, and route selection. He is also the best backcountry cook you’ll ever meet. And when you are on the mountain feeling challenged, and maybe a bit afraid – and here is the most important part – he listens, responds, helps you deal with it, and does not push you. He will, however, push you just enough so that when you are done, you can say ” I did my best – as much as I could – and I am a better person for having done so.” Hire Mick. You will not be dissappointed.
Jacek Dudkowski – Introduction to Mountaineering Graduate and Summit of Mt. Rainier!
I wanted to thank you for guiding us through this adventure. I am glad we went with KAF Adventures. Through your expert guidance we learned a tremendous amount and succeeded in our goal of climbing Rainier. For us beginners, this was an unforgettable experience and, hopefully, the first of many summits.
Linda Bradley – Las VegasClimbing Meet Up Group
I very much enjoy being a part of the climbing experience with KAF, which is why I keep signing up whenever Mick comes to town. Mick provides a safe, supportive, non-intimidating environment in which to play and learn. The instructors are knowledgeable and skilled, and I appreciate their patience and encouragement. I always come away with something new that I’ve learned, and with their praise that I climbed well. Most important, they have a strong focus on safety for all involved.
Chance Copeland – Custom Smith Rock Weekend
Jason Wheeler is a great guide and an awesome climbing partner. I love that KAF was able transform a weekend that would’ve otherwise been ruined by weather into an educative and adventurous experience.
Tracy Greenwoood – KAF’s most consistent and long term client
Hi Guys. I really want to thank you for the all time best weekend I have had in a very long time. I like to climb a bit and I got lots of it for sure. I also want to thank you both for being so supportive and encouraging and for trying to get me the instruction I need. You both go to a lot of trouble and effort to make our time together productive and fun. I got a lot out of it, and it was good to get so much time on the rock. I don’t feel quite so rusty now, just sore. I will be seeing you both again soon no doubt!
Jason Kozleski – Glacier Peak, Mt. Adams, Mt. Olympus
We had a great 5 days and I’m glad we could share them with you. There hasn’t been a day when I haven’t thought about our trip — be it walking in the rain, eating steak, lounging by the lake, seeing the glaciers, spending time on the snow dome, or challenging ourselves on the final rock pillar. And we never would have made it to the top had we not had complete trust in you. Your leadership, friendship, and support in helping us challenge ourselves to see and do new things make these trips special.
Steven & Yeondo Wilssens – Outdoor Sport Lead Climbing Class
My wife and I have been climbing for about a year and when we wanted to take our climbing to the next level, we took a lead climbing course with Mick. After the class we’ve been out climbing at Exit 38 and Vantage and are planning a trip to Smith Rock very soon. Lead climbing is not something you want to learn in a 2 hour gym class. Mick is a great teacher and thought us to be self-sufficient and safe outdoor climbers and we can’t wait to take a multi pitch class next year!
Emily Paulson Smith – Rock Junior Program Trip
Mick is very experienced about climbing and surviving in the outdoors. So, I was always comfortable, well, as comfortable as one can be climbing outside. He is very enthusiastic about everything. It made everything interesting. He is also a good cook and kept the car ride entertaining. I had a lot of fun.
Ola Wietecha Smith – Rock JP Trip
Mick was lot of fun, especially when there was music. He really should be a part of a band. The trip was great and I learned that if you go #1 before sleeping in cold weather, you’re warmer!
Kevin Parker – Smith Rock Trip
Mick is a great instructor and was lots of fun to be with. He knows a lot about different climbing techniques and is great about safety. I would recommend Mick as an instructor anytime.
Amelia Fischer-Linnett – Smith Rock Trip
Thank you so much for taking us on the Smith Rock Trip. I really enjoyed learning how to do a multi-pitch climb, and I am glad you took the time to take us on one. It was so much fun, and it was a good experience to push my comfort level beyond what I normally would be able to do.
Mike Moran – Mt. Olympus
I wanted to thank you for your professional services that lead to a very pleasant, challenging, and successful summit of Mt. Olympus. Your concern for safety, clear explanations, demonstration of mountaineering techniques, and use of equipment were first rate. It was one of the best climbs I ever had!
Vince Anderson, IFMGA Guide and owner of Skyward Mountaineering - Alpine Guide Training Course
“Climb with Mick. He’s f@#$ing Sick!”