Monday, November 24, 2008

Planning Section Chief Training

The AMS Mountain Shop saw lots of action this weekend, while it snowed like crazy.

Daniel Hourihan, owner of Element Training Group, Eagle River, Alaska lead a course entitled: Planning Section Chief: Search and Rescue. The three day course was held at AMS' Mountain Shop in Talkeetna and included 21 participants from the National Park Service, Alaska National Guard PJ's, Alaska Mountain Rescue Group, Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage Police Department, and the Matanuska-Susitna Bureau.
It was impressive to see the sophistication in the mechanisms involved in conducting large scale rescues involving multiple government agencies. The degree of professionalism would give any victim confidence that everything possible is being done. Dan was involved in the search for Karen McNiell and Sue Nott on Mt. Foraker in 2006 and Yuto Inoue and Tatsuro Yamada on Denali's Cassin Ridge last year.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Beauty of Winter

Time to wax those skis! A few more inches of snow, temps in the teens and clear skies...
The Denali Nordic Ski Club has been grooming the local trails already! If any of you plan to visit soon, bring your skis! And your headlamp, as the days are quickly getting shorter.

Here is the view from Talkeetna today...
Afternoon sunlight:
Quickly followed by sunset:Sunset on the Top of North America:

Talkeetna will celebrate WinterFest as usual, kicking things off with the Parade of Lights December 5th, and then on December 6th, look out! It's the annual, world famous Wilderness Woman Competition followed by the Bachelor Auction & Ball! It's one of the biggest parties of the year, and most of the proceeds go to charity! WinterFest continues until we ring in the New Year.

Enjoy Winter!
~ Julia