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Willi Prittie

Willi has been climbing, guiding and teaching for the past quarter century. Willi is considered one of the premier instructors in America and his students have had outstanding success in reaching personal goals. He has amassed hundreds of ascents (many while guiding) in Washington, Canada and Alaska.  Willi is a Senior Guide for the American Mountain Guides Association and (should he have the time) is responsible for accrediting new guides into the AMGA. Fluent in Spanish and well versed in South American culture he has an outstanding reputation for leading safe and successful trips. Needless to say, Willi has developed quite a following and has led climbs to Mt. Sajama, Cho-Oyu, Pumori, Island & Mera Peak and multiple guided ascents of Denali and in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Willi has led well over a dozen climbs to the summit of Aconcagua and is considered one of the world's leading climbing and logistical experts in the region. Willi also bears the responsibility of training new guides on climbs around the world. Most recently Willi led our 2000 Everest, Vinson, Aconcagua, Denali and Kilimanjaro expeditions. Willi is the consummate mountain guide and one of the most respected mountaineers in America.

LHAKPA RITA SHERPA
Lhakpa has been working with Alpine Ascents International for the past ten years. As Sirdar (Sherpa captain) he organizes the team of Sherpa for each Everest expedition. Lhakpa's climbing achievements are significant with four summits of Everest, one summit of Cho-Oyu and numerous other peaks in Nepal. Lhakpa is also the high camp manager on Aconcagua and Denali and has guided numerous peaks in the Cascades.  He is a guide, leader and friend of the highest quality.
ELLIE HENKE
As an assistant guide, Ellie has added a superb dimension to our domestic and international programs. A naturalist by profession, Ellie has assisted Willi in guiding Aconcagua, Ecuador's Volcanoes, Mt. Baker, Rainier, and teaching classes at the AAMS for over 15 years. A tented artist, she is an asset to every trip she joins, bringing a wealth of experience, cultural knowledge and teaching skills to every expedition. Ellie is our Base Camp Manager on Aconcagua and Mount Everest.