Friday, September 5, 2008

Planning for 2009

This is the time of year to daydream, thinking about your next vacation and that next climb. The AMS team is here through the winter to help put it all together for you. In addition to the climbs posted on our 2009 Schedule, we will be guiding all over the Alaska Range. We also do a lot of custom climbs of Denali. We are working on expeditions on Mt. Russell and we have some folks interested in climbing Mt. Hunter and Foraker, those two noteable peaks that stand alongside Denali. This is the time to turn those daydreams into reality.

We are getting applications almost daily for the West Buttress, and we have people signing up for the Denali Traverse and the Upper West Rib routes. We are also working on custom, private climbs of the West Buttress.
One of the teams I am particularly excited about is Operation Denali. This group of wounded veterans has been training to climb Denali to raise awareness about the needs of veterans post-combat, as well as raising money for the cause and the climb. Their website explains the details and features an inspiring video of their training so far, with some footage of their 12-day Mountaineering Course with AMS in July 2008.

I received this quote from them today: "Regardless of your (political) position, vote this November, we’ve fought for your right to do so!"

~ Julia

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Pika to Petersville 2

Zach teaching how to build a litter out of ski poles and rope. Improvised Rescue is part of AMS' core curriculum and taught on every course. This group wanted in-depth survival scenarios.

They enjoyed a tempting view of Mt. Russell on one of their climbs.

Descending Exit Pass on the hike out. They went over Wild Horse Pass, over the Peters Hills, then out to Petersville Road. 12 days of coursework and climbs. Success!

Pika to Petersville 1

Zach & Joe
have returned from the custom survival course with the Air Force men. They had an outstanding time, with some awesome views and some of the better weather of the summer. Here are some of the pictures they brought back.

They started with some forays in Little Switzerland, practicing crack climbing on a top rope before applying those skills to a peak objective.

They chose to climb the Middle Troll route which ascends the tallest central buttress of the Trolls.

Splitter granite!