About The Aspiring Alpinist

The Aspiring Alpinist was founded in 2016 by two aspiring alpinists and PhD students, Michal Matyjasik and Mike Minson.

Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality gear reviews, trip reports, beta, hacks, and interviews both to inform and inspire.

We will take you through our journey from motivated climbers to alpinists sharing our diet, training regimen, tips, tricks, trips, projects, and the lessons we learn along the way.

We will regularly feature interviews with climbers who have made first ascents, significant contributions, or who have inspired us during our journey.

A key focus of this site is in-depth gear reviews. We will not only tease you with a first look at the new gear we test, but will also provide a long-term verdict on the durability, reliability, performance, and characteristics of these products. Our aim is to be as objective as possible while providing you, the climber, the knowledge you need to make an informed decision.

To submit your company’s product for testing and review, please contact Michal at michal@aspiringalpinist.com.