SIET's mission is to provide cutting-edge training for aspiring mountaineers who plan to lead their own expeditions or wish to become instructors in outdoor education. SIET is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution that is dedicated to providing scholarships and affordable tuition for it's students. 

SIET courses are staffed with highly experienced, professional instructors, who have extensive backgrounds in experiential education, alpine guiding and personal expeditions. The experience of our staff, combined with the breathtaking classrooms, ensures that you will have the expedition of your life, while learning skills that last a lifetime!

SIET offers a very unique style of education. For climbers that aspire to become outdoor educators, mountain guides or competent mountaineers on independent expeditions, gaining technical and leadership experience can be very difficult once they are beyond a novice level. SIET helps students realize their dreams by integrating an intensive curriculum progression into expeditions that make serious summit bids in the Great Ranges of the world. This allows our students to gain the experience and judgment necessary for managing the inherent risk of their own expeditions while providing a solid foundation for working in the industry. SIET courses are also perfect for climbers preparing for AMGA courses or exams.

SIET focuses on teaching students the planning skills to design their own expeditions, the technical skills needed to climb world class routes in a remote setting and the leadership skills that ensure a successful journey.

See our About SIET page for more information on what makes our courses so unique.

Contact us about receiving college credit through our partnership with Green Mountain College

"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."

-Matt Edenfield, Green Mountain College

Don't just read about our unique programs, have a look at one of our courses! Click on the photo below to see our courses in Peru


SIET instructors are trained and/or certified by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) so that you can be sure you are receiving the highest quality instruction and supervision in the industry. Certified guides have undergone rigorous training and examination that meets and exceeds international standards. If you would like more information about this certification, click here to read 'Ten Reasons to Hire an AMGA Guide' on the AMGA website.

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