Monday, June 24, 2019

June 24 2019 Mountain Update




 UPDATES: 




June 18th Custom Expedition led by Josh Hoeschen remains at 11,200' camp today to rest and acclimatize. All is well. 
AMS photo of 11,200' camp by Dylan Miller


June 20 Expedition led by Scott Patch will remain sleeping at 7,800' camp tonight. They carried to 10,200 feet today. 


AMS photo of a past team en route to caching gear near 10,200


AMS photo collection of a team caching at 10,200' on the West Buttress route



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12 Day Mountaineering Course photos from guide Benny Jones: 
























Sunday, June 23, 2019

June 23 All Mountain Update

All team update:


June 2 Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps have arrived back to Talkeetna and are thrilled with the green of summer and to get their mountaineering boots off in the heavy air and 80 degree F temperatures. Big Congrats to everyone! 



AMS Climber Daniel unpacking and enjoying the freedom of no shoes.

AMS glacier rigs drying


June 8 Expedition led by Chelsea Bomba have RETURNED!
AMS photo of gear waiting to fly at Kahiltna Basecamp


The June 12  Mountaineering Course led by Blaine Smith HAVE RETURNED!


Austin and Jerome with their newly attained mountaineering course certificate

Jack helping to de-issue gera

Group gear being put away at AMS headquarters

Awesome team of students from the June 12-day course!



June 16 Expedition led by Larry Holmgren will remain sleeping at 11,200 ft. They carried part of their gear up to 13,500' or Windy Corner area. Climbers descending this morning reporter that it was snowing at Camp III when they passed through.  (this is a correction and most up to date information) 



AMS photo of a team caching near Windy Corner

June 18 "Summit Experience China" Expedition led by Con Severis will remain sleeping at 11,200 ft. They carried part of their gear up to 13,500' or Windy Corner area. Climbers descending this morning reporter that it was snowing at Camp III.


June 18th Custom Expedition led by Josh Hoeschen has arrived at 11,200' camp today. All is well. 
AMS photo of 11,200' camp by Dylan Miller


June 20 Expedition led by Scott Patch are anticipated to be at 7,800' camp. 


AMS photo by guide Josh Hoeschen of Mt. Frances as seen from 11k camp.


























Saturday, June 22, 2019

June 22 AMS Expedition Update

June 2 Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps SUMMITED Denali yesterday.  This team is so strong.  Congratulations!  They are heading down to 14,200ft camp.


June 8 Expedition led by Chelsea Bomba with climber Christopher Roper SUMMITED yesterday afternoon.  Nice Work Christopher!  They will camp at 14,200ft tonight and rest.


















June 8 Expedition "Moving Mountains" led by Dan Corn with climbers Mrika and Niti have arrived back in Talkeetna.


The June 12  Mountaineering Course is getting one last climb in before they fly out tomorrow.  They are on Radio Tower today.  This has been a great group to work with!

June 16 Expedition led by Larry Holmgren is at 14,200 ft camp.  They are making quick progress.




June 18 "Summit Experience China" Expedition led by Con Severis is resting at 11,200 ft after moving during the evening hours.




















June 20 Expedition led by Scott Patch flew to Base Camp yesterday.  They are on their way!

AMS Guides Scott, Dave and Porter with Tim, Chris, Mike, Matt.
Chase, Akash, Remy and Christian

























Thursday, June 20, 2019

June 20 AMS Expeditions Update


June 8 Expedition "Moving Mountains" led by Dan Corn with climbers Mrika and Niti from Kosovo SUMMITED Denali shortly before 3pm today and are headed down to high camp where they will rest. Congratulations to this Father/Daughter team!



The June 12  Mountaineering Course summited Pizza Peak yesterday.  Great teamwork by this course and it's always better when you earn those fantastic views!

Pizza Peak is the peak to the right











Pizza Peak is located in the center of this photo













June 8 Expedition led by Chelsea Bomba with climber Christopher Roper AND June 2 Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps are camped at 17,200 ft.  The weather conditions are somewhat warm at the summit so they may do their climbing during the evening.



June 16 Expedition led by Larry Holmgren carried to Kahiltna Pass and will camp at Ski Hill.

The Wexner Backpacking Trip is reporting good views of Denali and has made it to their destination at Fog Lake.  They will fly back to Talkeetna tomorrow morning.

June 18 "Summit Experience China" Expedition led by Con Severis AND the June 18 Expedition led by Josh Hoeschen with climber Jan have left Base Camp to begin the West Buttress Route.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

June 19th Denali Expeditions Update

June 18 "Summit Experience China" Expedition led by Con Severis LAUNCHED on this beautiful sunny Talkeetna afternoon.
AMS Guides Con and Simon with "Yolo, Skyquake, Bruce and Zhang"

June 18 "The Unstoppable Dr. Jan" Expedition led by Josh Hoeschen has flown to Base Camp on the Kahiltna Glacier and is ready to begin climbing.


AMS Guides Malaila & Josh with Jan

June 16 Expedition led by Larry Holmgren is at Ski Hill and will camp at 9,800 ft.








June 8 Expedition "Moving Mountains" led by Dan Corn with climbers Mrika and her father Niti, June 8 Expedition led by Chelsea Bomba with climber Christopher Roper, AND June 2 Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps have all moved to high camp at 17,200 ft and are resting.  They may attempt the summit tomorrow or the next day if weather allows.





Monday, June 17, 2019

June 17th AMS Updates

This group flew out to Watana Lake for a six day family backpacking trip.  It's a beautiful time to be on Alaska's lower tundra. The wildflowers will be blooming!

AMS Guides Betsy Young and Amanda Erickson with the Wexner Family

















6/16 June 6 Expedition led by Larry Holmgren is waiting for a weather break to fly into Base Camp.  They are ready to climb!

Matt, Rick, Ty Tatsu, Phil, Bartek, Aga, Britt and Adrian with
AMS Guides:  Larry, Curtis and Katie


June 8 Expedition "Moving Mountains" led by Dan Corn with climbers Mrika and her father Niti from Kosovo, June 8 Expedition led by Chelsea Bomba with climber Christopher Roper AND June 2 Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps are all still at 14,200 ft and are waiting for better weather.
















Sunday, June 16, 2019

June 16th Denali Expeditions Update


June 2 Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps
 has been carrying to higher elevations to actively acclimate.  High winds have kept them from moving to high camp but they will be prepared when the weather allows.




June 8 Expedition "Moving Mountains" led by Dan Corn with climbers Mrika and her father Niti from Kosovo  AND June 8 Expedition led by Chelsea Bomba with climber Christopher Roper, are at 14,200 ft and are waiting for better weather to move up.  They are keeping in shape by building snow walls to protect camp.




















Thursday, June 13, 2019

6/13 Denali Expeditions Update



May 26 expeditions:  Bert Brothers led by Aaron Divine, and the Expedition led by Scott Patch have both arrived back in Talkeetna.  Congratulations to these teams on their Summit success!


May 23 Expedition "Hustlin' Huskies" led by Con Severis is also firmly back on the ground after reaching the Summit on June 11th.

June 2 Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps plans to carry to the ridge tomorrow and hopes to move to high camp on Saturday.  This strong team is taking advantage of the good weather and is right on schedule.



June 8 Expedition "Moving Mountains" led by Dan Corn with climbers Mrika and her father Niti from Kosovo  AND June 8 Expedition led by Chelsea Bomba with climber Christopher Roper, are both on the move and will camp at 14,200 ft tonight.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

12 Day Mountaineering Course Takes Off


This team is excited to begin building their mountain skills!  They left the lush green world behind to embrace a rock and ice wonderland.   




Austin, Sam Nick, Jack, Daniel, Will, Chloe, Jerome and Ryan with
AMS Guides, Catilin, Blaine and Benny









Tuesday, June 11, 2019

June 11 Denali Expedition Update!

AMS photo collection, aerial Denali summit shot, 20,310'. Photo by Tom Falley 
CONGRATS TO May 26 expeditions  Bert Brothers led by Aaron Divine 
and Expedition led by Scott Patch who summited yesterday at around 3:45 pm and are back at high camp preparing for descent. They will try to be on the lower glacier during the evening or early morning hours to get the cooler glacier conditions for easier travel. Yesterday's summit conditions looked glorious. Scott Patch's team will spend the night at 14,200' and descend tomorrow. 

CONGRATS to our Denali Prep Course led by Kai Girard who summitted Kahiltna Dome at 12,411' last night. 

AMS photo collection: Kahiltna Dome 

May 23 Expedition "Hustlin' Huskies" led by Con Severis is making a summit push as of this morning. We wish this team the best! 

June 2 Expedition led by Jeremiah Phelps are heading towards 14,200' or camp IV today. The team will switch from snowshoes to crampons and as they head up will start to notice the thinning air. This a beautiful and challenging move day. Go team go! 

AMS collection of windy corner area, with the upper mountain just coming into view again
June 8 Expedition "Moving Mountains" led by Dan Corn with climbers Mrika and her father Niti from Kosovo
AND June 8 Expedition led by Chelsea Bomba with climber Christopher Roper

are moving steadily ahead, they are currently at 9,800 feet, camp II, and plan to move to camp III at 11,200 feet this evening. Everyone is doing well and enjoying the current good weather on the mountain.