Friday, November 21, 2014

Expeditiion Availability

Denali High Camp


AMS still has spaces for private expeditions for 2015 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!

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

April 27 - May 17,    5 places available, lead guide: Nate Opp
May 4 - May 24,         4 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,         3 places available, lead guide:  Dan Corn
May 25 - June 14,       5 places available, lead guide: Todd Tumolo
May 26 - June 19,    FULL: Bruce's custom climb, lead guide: TBA
May 27 - June 16,    FULL: Jim and Christain custom climb, lead guide: TBA
May 29 - June 18,       4 places available, lead guide: Alex Stroud
June 1 - June 21,        4 places available, lead guide: Mark Postle
June 9 - June 29,         3 places available, lead guide: Josh Hoeschen
June 12 - July 2,        0 places available, FULL: lead guide: Mike Hamill
June 15 - July 7,          6 places available, lead guide: Beth Cleary
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

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 below.


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

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

Monday, November 10, 2014



Join AMS in Kauai this January!

http://www.climbalaska.org/denali_photo_workshop.html

http://www.climbalaska.org/wshop-hawaii-photo.html 

Kauai Landscape and Adventure Photography 

5 days, January 12-16, 2015 

Join AMS and photographer Tom Bol on Kauai, the "Garden Isle" of the Hawaiian Islands this January, for our second annual Kauai Photo Workshop.  Kauai is Paradise Found; the raw beauty and pristine beaches, steep volcanic sea cliffs covered in lush vegetation and towering waterfalls make the back drop for an incredible visit and for your photos.  The AMS photo workshop takes place on the north shore of Kauai in winter, and it is a sight to behold. Beautiful sunsets, lush taro fields, pumping waves, and heavenly beaches all in a spectacular setting. Elder Hawaiian fishermen mingle with movie stars and surfing legends.


http://www.climbalaska.org/wshop-hawaii-photo.html

Friday, November 7, 2014


Climbers descending Denali's 16,000' Ridge

AMS still has spaces for private expeditions for 2015 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!


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

April 27 - May 17,    5 places available, lead guide: Nate Opp
May 4 - May 24,         4 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,         3 places available, lead guide:  Dan Corn
May 25 - June 14,      5 places available, lead guide: Todd Tumolo
May 26 - June 19,    FULL: Bruce's custom climb, lead guide: TBA
May 27 - June 16,    FULL: Jim and Christain custom climb, lead guide: TBA
May 29 - June 18,       4 places available, lead guide: Alex Stroud
June 1 - June 21,        4 places available, lead guide: Mark Postle
June 9 - June 29,         3 places available, lead guide: Josh Hoeschen
June 12 - July 2,        0 places available, FULL: lead guide: Mike Hamill
June 15 - July 7,          6 places available, lead guide: Beth Cleary
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


New!
Denali, Full 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


Friday, October 24, 2014

Expedition Availability- Update!


 Here's our updated schedule...

AMS still has spaces for private expeditions for 2015 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!


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

April 27 - May 17,    5 places available, lead guide: Nate Opp
May 4 - May 24,         5 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,         4 places available, lead guide:  Dan Corn
May 25 - June 14,      5 places available, lead guide: Todd Tumolo
May 26 - June 19,    FULL: Bruce's custom climb, lead guide: TBA
May 27 - June 16,    FULL: Jim and Christain custom climb, lead guide: TBA
May 29 - June 18,       4 places available, lead guide: Alex Stroud
June 1 - June 21,        5 places available, lead guide: Mark Postle
June 9 - June 29,         3 places available, lead guide: Josh Hoeschen
June 12 - July 2,        0 places available, FULL: lead guide: Mike Hamill
June 15 - July 7,          6 places available, lead guide: Beth Cleary
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, 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









Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Expedition Availability

"From my initial email which I sent from Everest Base Camp after my expedition was cancelled.  I was very impressed.  Everyone was very helpful and efficient.  The guides were very knowledgeable and I'll definitely be back.  Thank you for such a fun trip", Lucy 2014 



AMS does have spaces for private expedtions for 2015 as well.  Launch dates for small teams (4 for fewer climbers) are available between May 26 and June 8th.

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


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

April 27 – May 17,   5 places available, lead guide: Nate Opp
May 4 - May 24,         6 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,         4 places available, lead guide:  Dan Corn
May 25 –June 14,       6 places available, lead guide: Todd Tumolo
May 26 - June 19,     FULL: Bruce's custom climb, lead guide: TBA
May 29 - June 18,        4 places available, lead guide: Alex Stroud
June 1 - June 21,        6 places available, lead guide: Mark Postle
June 9 - June 29,          3 places available, lead guide: Josh Hoeschen
June 12 - July 2,        0 places available, FULL: lead guide: Mike Hamill
June 15 - July 7,           6 places available, lead guide: Beth Cleary
June 23 - July 13,         6 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, 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

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Expedition Availabilty 2015 - Updated!

It is a beautiful fall day here in Talkeetna!  We have assigned some of 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 below.

AMS does have spaces for private expedtions for 2015 as well.  Launch dates for small teams (4 for fewer climbers) are available between May 26 and June 8th.

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

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

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


Happy climbing everybody!

West Buttress Route, join us!

11,000 camp and AMS is there early season!

AMS on the Polo Field West Buttress

AMS at 14,200' camp on the West Buttress

AMS on the top of Denali



Friday, September 12, 2014

Expedition Availability 2015

We are busy processing paperwork for the 2015 Climbing season.  
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,        5 spots available
May 11 - May 31,      5 spots available
May 15 - June 4,        3 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,        FULL
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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hoeschen 12 Day Mountaineernig Course Returns

Instructors Josh Hoeschen, Bace Poplawski and students returned from the Pika Glacier today.  They  are currently enjoying snacks as they sort gear.

They had a great time and learned lots of new skills, moving camp, rock climbing,  crevasse rescue, self arrest, fixed line ascension were just a few of the things Josh and Bace taught. 

Thanks to Instructor Josh Hoeschen for the sharing the photos.


Learning protection placement


Fernando doing line ascension


Practicing self-arrest


Instructors Bace Poplawski, Josh Hoeschen, Zach, Fernando,Vibhu, and Johnnie in front,  Hendricks one of the AMS dogs likes to have his picture taken

Monday, September 8, 2014

AMS-Hoeschen- 12 Day Mountaineering

AMS instructor Josh Hoeschen checked in today from the Pika Glacier, they are having splitter weather (climber speak for perfect clear skies).  The course has moved camp and are planning to go rock climbing today.  This area known as "Little Switzerland" and is famous for beautiful and accessible alpine rock climbing routes which emerge from deep snow covered glaciers.  Brian Okonek,  local climber and mentor to AMS founders, was one of the first climbers to explore and climbed many the first ascents here (which means he named them too). 

The team is in a beautiful area, made even better by good weather. This team of six climbers are a lucky group!

This is our last mountaineering course of the 2014 climbing season and they are "crushing it" so far!




Here is an example of some previous climbing action off of the Pika Glacier with AMS.






Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ajango Custom Hike 9/7

Guide Deb Ajango and our friends and, guest for over 20 years, Roland, just headed to the airport to begin their adventure.   The team will be dropped off by helicopter at Bear Creek in the Dutch Hills.  They plan to establish a tent base camp and then hike in the tundra from there every day. They will enjoy wild alpine tundra, true AK bushwacking (what Alaska hike would be complete without that?), blueberries, outrageous views of the Alaska Range and good food and company!

Roland and Guide Deb Ajango, AMS dogs Jack and Hendricks


9/15/14 Check out these photos from Deb and Roland's trip to the Dutch Hills, great views of Denali, fall colors, and even a super moon!