No worries, George. The guide-to-client numbers and the issue you brought up did, in fact, play a role in my decision to go with AAI over AMS. Both services run a 3:1 ratio for Denali with the key difference being that AAI is 9:3 whereas AMS is 6:2. Losing one guide out of three is less of a big deal than losing one out of two. And while I definitely want to summit, what I'm paying for is expertise on multiple levels so that I can get the most out of a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Denali.
Not my first guided trip either. When I did Gannett with JHMG, it was 1 guide and 3 clients. On Hood, it was 1 guide and 2 clients. On both trips, we all knew we would either all likely summit or turn around as a team. It's an interesting kind of energy/dynamic when you're mountain climbing with strangers but so far, all 4 of my guided trips have been very positive on every level. My philosophy is the mountain experience is the most important thing while the summit is secondary. The type A stuff stays at home.
Trip is already booked. June 7-27, 2015.