Tuesday, September 2, 2014

AMS, Sykes, 8/16 & 17th,GT&CR

AMS guides John and Kate headed South from Talkeetna to the Matanuska Glacier on the days of August 16th and 17th to teach a group of five Alaskans (from Girdwood and Talkeetna) Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue skills. The glacier saw some interesting weather, but everyone learned a lot and came away with a high stoke level for learning more mountaineering skills.

Here are a few photos from one of the participants, Kevan Dee. Please check out his page at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/specialk80731Kevan Dee Photography

Monday, September 1, 2014

Expedition Availibility 2015

Denali, West Buttress, 21 days, $7400, 6 climbers:  2-3 guides.   
April 27 – May 17, 5 spots available
May 4 - May 24,     6 spots available
May 8 - May 28,     6 spots available
May 11 - May 31,   5 spots available
May 15 - June 4,     4 spots available
May 18 - June 7,     5 spots available
May 25 –June 14,   6 spots available
May 29 - June 18,   5 spots available 
June 1 - June 21,     6 spots available
June 9 - June 29,     6 spots available
June 12 - July 2,      1 spot available
June 15 - July 7,      6 spots available
June 23 - July 13,    6 spots available
June 24 – July 14,   6 spots available
June 25 - July 15,    3 spots available

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

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

AMS at Matanuska Glacier: Custom Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue

Alaska Mountaineering School's director Colby Coombs along with guides Jeremiah Phelps and Caitlin Hague are training a para-rescue group from Florida for the next few days on the Matanuska Glacier. They are having a good time and learning top notch glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills.

AMS crew going through a mock lead scenario at the Matanuska Glacier.
AMS Crew learning anchor building

AMS crew learning crevasse rescue

AMS crew practicing litter lowers.

AMS,Hoeschen Custom Climb to Pika, Photos

Guides Josh Hoeschen and Chelsea Bomba returned with team Mike and Stacy with some great experience out on the Pika! The trip had a mixed bag of weather: sun for rock climbing followed with some August snow in the range. Here are some photos taken by Chelsea:

AMS climber Michael Ortiz enjoying the Little Switzerland rock climbing area in the Alaska Range.

Not a bad place to hang out, looking at Mt. Foraker and the Pika Glacier. Little Switzerland area.

AMS crew: Josh Hoeschen, Stacy Bare, and Chelsea Bomba.

AMS trip to the Pika: looking out at the feature called the Pirate Ship and AMS basecamp.

AMS climber Michael Ortiz climbing the Hobbit's Footstool off the Pika Glacier.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

CWVC July Packraft/Mountaineering Video

We posted a few photos from these guys coming through this summer, but video says it all. Here is something they put together. "Aconcagua challenge"/winter season is fast approaching as Talkeetna had its first frost this weekend! 


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sykes Glacier Trek

It is a beautiful day in Talkeetna!   It has been a very busy morning.  Guide John Sykes has been busy with his team to fly to the Pika Glacier for a Glacier Trek.    The team was looking forward to the flight and the adventure on the glacier.  They were happy to be able to see Denali as they drove to Talkeetna today.

Tonya, Michael, Amanda, Guide John Sykes and Jack

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hoeschen Custom Climb

Guides Josh Hoeschen, Chelsea Bomba along team Mike and Stacey just headed to the airport.  the team is flying to the Pika Glacier for a week of climbing.  They had a busy morning of gear checking and lunch packing.  Chelsea and Josh made them a great lunch.

They were looking forward to rock climbing and skiing.  We are sure the team will have a good time and will of lots to tell us about their adventure.

Enjoying lunch

Mike, Guides Chelsea Bomba, Josh Hoeschen and Stacy

Saturday, August 16, 2014

McAlpine MTC 12 Returns!

The Mountaineering Course returned to Talkeetan after a 1 day delay.  The team is in great spirits.  Instructors Travis McAlpine, Jake Kayes and Karina Amortegui taught the students new skills and they had time to practice.  They moved camp 4 times, ice and rock climbed,  did crevasse rescue. 

They were very efficient team on their return.   They quickly unloaded the van, separated gear and enjoyed their welcome back snack!

Taking a short break

Friday, August 15, 2014

Wilderness Hike 8/9, Lisa Jaeger

The Wilderness Hike  team returned today.  They were happy to be back.  They had a great time and saw lots of caribou, dall sheep and a bear.  They are busy cleaning up their gear from the trip.  We're sure that will have lots of stories to share.

Enjoying a meal in camp

Adam, Orlando, Guide Lisa Jaeger, Victoria & Pawel

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

12 day mountaineering course- McAlpine

 We heard from Travis today reporting that all the climbers are getting after it out on the Ruth glacier, gaining experience either rock climbing, ice climbing, or route finding to peaks. Mt. Dickey remains to be climbed this time, but everyone is having a good experience. What a brilliant way to spend a birthday, in the Alaska wilderness! Happy Birthday Jake! The group will be enjoying a special dessert tonight in celebration.