Monday, January 26, 2015

Denali Availability

It is a beautiful sunny and SNOWY day here in Talkeetna,  the mountains are beautiful today!  We've been really busy processing applications and talking with climbers.  

If you are thinking about joining us for a 2015 expedition they are filling quickly,  so please send your applications in soon!


Denali West Buttress Route,  Join us in late April - late June 2015


We have assigned our lead guides for 2015 Denali West Buttress Expeditions.  Please keep in mind that a lot can happen in the next few months so we plan as best we can,  but can't absolutely guarantee that the assignments will remain as seen. All of our guides are qualifed professionals in this field with many, many years of experience, several lead AMS guides have been guiding and climbing for 20 plus years.   


Denali, West Buttress, 21 days, $7400, 6 climbers:  2-3 guides

April 27 - May 17,       4 places available, lead guide: Nate Opp

May 4 - May 24,          3 places available, lead guide: Larry Holmgren

May 8 - May 28,          5 places available, lead guide: Dustin English

May 11 - May 31,        3 places available, lead guide: Josh Hoeschen

May 15 - June 4,          1 place available, lead guide: Noah Ronczkowski

May 18 - June 7,          FULL, lead guide:  Dan Corn

May 25 - June 14,        FULL, lead guide: Todd Tumolo
May 26 - June 19,        FULL: Custom with Bruce, lead guide: Colby Coombs
May 27 - June 16,        FULL: Custom with Jim and Christain, lead guide: Dustin Eroh

May 29 - June 18,        FULL, lead guide: Alex Stroud

June 1 - June 21,          FULL, lead guide: Mark Postle
June 9 - June 29,          FULL lead guide: TBA
June 12 - July 2,           FULL: lead guide: Mike Hamill
June 15 - July 7,           4 places available, lead guide: TBA
June 23 - July 13,         5 places available, lead guide: TBA

June 24 - July 14,       6 places available, lead guide: Melis Coady
June 25 - July 15,         3 places available, lead guide: Rob Gowler

Denali, Full West Rib, 21 days, $8400, 4 climbers: 2 guides
June 3-23, 1 place available

Foraker, Sultana Ridge, 21 days, $ 8400, 4 climbers: 2 guides
May 6 - 26, 4 places available



AMS team, moving camp and making progress in Little Switzerland.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

News Flash: AMS Guide places 2nd in South Pole Marathon

AMS Guide Melis Coady places second in the South Pole Marathon on January 17, 2015.

Temperature -21F, Wind speed 12 knots, windchill -48F
Elevation: 9,300 (higher with cold air mass and low barometric pressure)
Course: 7.5 laps on soft snow on boring terrain, a tractor trail among scientific equipment (10m telescope, Ice Cube Neutrino Project, and Ice core drilling rigs). 
Find ot more by climbing Denali with her, she's launching June 24, 2015

Melis has been part of the AMS family for a long, long time and she used some awesome winter logicitcal efforts to do so well in this race, down in Antarctic. ...Okay, so she was 1 of 2 competitors, but she will still have lots to tell about this event, including her time...

Melis is leading the AMS June 24th Denali, West Buttress Expedtion and it currently has openings of 6 climber positions available.  If you have a team that is ready (and willing to train up) for an expedtion up Denali, this is a rare opportunity to climb with a group of friends at the best deal possible.  Melis provides professional leadership and lots of fun on her expedtions on North America's highest mountain.

To find out more and sign up, go to our website: www.climbalaska.org

or email us: info@climbalaska.org

Her climbers can be found climbing in responsible big mountain style, with fine attention to good health, and laughing a lot along the way.  (Kind of sounds like a familar holiday song, we can add some bell-on-bob-tails ringing...) But hey, it's true just look at her big smile...

AMS Guide Melis Coady at 20,320', she brought her team sucessfully to the top of Denali 2014.  

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Testimonials 2014

Thanks to everyone who took the extra time to give us feedback in 2014! 

Here are just a few comments about AMS programs and the awesome guides we have working with us: 

“ Our guides were clearly among the most respected on the mountain. Very strong and very knowledgably. It truly was an amazing experience." - Nicholas Dumesnil, Denali West Buttress, 2014

“ This was the best outdoor workshop I have ever taken. I didn’t think I could learn so much in such a short amount of time. I had so much fun in the process.” - Greer Gehier, Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Workshop, 2014 



“ The trip was above and beyond what I expected.  I learned so much more than I ever thought I could.  I feel very fortunate to have taken my trip with AMS.  The instructors were beyond incredible.  Not only did I learn so much but I had the time of my life in the Alaska Range with a great group of people and amazing instructors."      - Mackenzie Barnett 6 Day Mountaineering Course, 2014 



We look forward to seeing you all soon!




Beautiful night to descend on Denali
Tippy top of Denali on a very nice day, hope to see you up there with us!

When we said the packs are big, we mean big.  Keep training, stay safe, and hydrated...





Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Denali Expedition Availability Update!

It has been a very busy week.   Resulting in lots of changes to our availability.  If you are thinking of joining us this season, please get your applications in soon!

We have assigned our lead guides for 2015 Denali West Buttress Expeditions.  Please keep in mind that a lot can happen in the several months so we plan as best we can,  but can't absolutely guarantee that the assignments will remain as seen.

Denali, West Buttress, 21 days, $7400, 6 climbers:  2-3 guides
April 27 - May 17,      4 places available, lead guide: Nate Opp

May 4 - May 24,          3 places available, lead guide: Larry Holmgren

May 8 - May 28,          5 places available, lead guide: Dustin English

May 11 - May 31,       3 places available, lead guide: Todd Passey

May 15 - June 4,         3 places available, lead guide: Noah Ronczkowski

May 18 - June 7,          1 place available, lead guide:  Dan Corn

May 25 - June 14,     FULL, lead guide: Todd Tumolo
  May 26 - June 19,     FULL: Bruce's custom climb, lead guide: Colby Coombs
  May 27 - June 16,     FULL: Jim and Christain custom climb, lead guide: Dustin Eroh

May 29 - June 18,    FULL, lead guide: Alex Stroud

June 1 - June 21,       FULL, lead guide: Mark Postle
June 9 - June 29,       FULL lead guide: Josh Hoeschen
June 12 - July 2,        FULL: lead guide: Mike Hamill
June 15 - July 7,           4 places available, lead guide: TBA
June 23 - July 13,         5 places available, lead guide: TBA

June 24 - July 14,         6 places available, lead guide: Melis Coady
June 25 - July 15,         3 places available, lead guide: Rob Gowler

Denali, Full West Rib, 21 days, $8400, 4 climbers: 2 guides
June 3-23, 1 places available

Foraker, Sultana Ridge, 21 days, $ 8400, 4 climbers: 2 guides
May 6 - 26, 4 places available

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge- Aconcagua February 2015


 

This is an amazing group of individuals that we've been fortunate to get to know through a longer term relationship. This February AMS will be climbing on Aconcagua with the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge. CWVC has been coming to Alaska for the last few years, and AMS also provide guiding and support for their 2013 Kilimanjaro climb.  We hope to be doing trips with them for years to come. Check out the video they made from their summer 2014 Aconcagua training expedition!



Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Denali Expedition Availability Update!




  
Happy New Year!

AMS still has spaces for 2015 private expeditions as well.  Launch dates for small teams (4 or fewer climbers) are available between May 26 and June 8th.

Larger groups should contact AMS directly and we can work it out!

We have assigned our lead guides for 2015 Denali West Buttress Expeditions.  Please keep in mind that a lot can happen in the several months so we plan for the best,  but can't absolutely guarantee that the assignments will remain as seen.

Denali, West Buttress, 21 days, $7400, 6 climbers:  2-3 guides.   

April 27 - May 17,      4 places available, lead guide: Nate Opp
May 4 - May 24,           3 places available, lead guide: Larry Holmgren
May 8 - May 28,           5 places available, lead guide: Dustin English
May 11 - May 31,       3 places available, lead guide: Todd Passey
May 15 - June 4,         3 places available, lead guide: Noah Ronczkowski
May 18 - June 7,           1 place available, lead guide:  Dan Corn
May 25 - June 14,        0 places available, FULL, lead guide: Todd Tumolo
May 26 - June 19,     FULL: Bruce's custom climb, lead guide: Colby Coombs
May 27 - June 16,     FULL: Jim and Christain custom climb, lead guide: Dustin Eroh
May 29 - June 18,        1 place available, lead guide: Alex Stroud
June 1 - June 21,         2 places available, lead guide: Mark Postle
June 9 - June 29,          1 place available, lead guide: Josh Hoeschen
June 12 - July 2,         0 places available, FULL: lead guide: Mike Hamill
June 15 - July 7,           4 places available, lead guide: TBA
June 23 - July 13,         5 places available, lead guide: TBA
June 24 - July 14,         6 places available, lead guide: Melis Coady
June 25 - July 15,        3 places available, lead guide: Rob Gowler




Denali, Full West Rib, 21 days, $8400, 4 climbers: 2 guides
June 3-23, 2 places available

Foraker, Sultana Ridge, 21 days, $ 8400, 4 climbers: 2 guides
May 6 - 26, 4 places available


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Antarctic Migration

Greg Vernovage, Stephen Lutz (Denali 2013), Richard Dale (Denali 2014), and Melis Coady in a holding pattern waiting to fly to the Union Glacier, Antarctica.
Ever wonder where all the guides go after the Alaska mountaineering season? This time of year for many it is Antarctica. As the mountaineering season down there rolls into full swing Melis Coady sent us an update while waiting to fly. Besides Greg Vernovage she expects to run into other times AMS guides; Tim Hewitt, Todd Tumolo, Nate Opp, Todd Passey and Josh Hoeschen who have all traded an Alaska winter for the snowy Antarctic summer. Best wishes for a Happy New Year to everyone down south!

Friday, December 19, 2014

AMS Holiday Office Hours

The AMS Office Holiday Hours:

  • closed December 24-26th

  • 9am-1pm December 31st and January 1st

    Happy Holidays!