Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2010 Availability

Here's the rundown at the moment for Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: 5 spaces
May 10-30: 1 space
May 17-June 6: 1 space
May 24-June 13: 6 spaces
May 31-June 20: 5 spaces
June 7-June 27: 4 spaces
June 14-July 4: 5 spaces
June 21-July 11: 4 spaces

We also have availability on all Mountaineering Courses, including Denali Prep and Advanced Mountaineering Courses for 2010. We are processing enrollments, so drop us a line if you're curious about enrollment. info@climbalaska.org

Cheers!
~Julia

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Another Guide Gets Married!

AMS Guide Seth Hobby and his bride Maren were married in Norway!
Congratulations Seth & Maren!
(I'll see if I can get a photo up...)
~Julia

Sunday, September 20, 2009

6 Day Mountaineering course finishes the AMS season

The last climbers in the Alaska Range flew out on time and all smiles. Good weather persisted throughout the course and they were able to crank through all of the curriculum plus move camp. A nice way to end the season. We'll still be posting periodic entries while we get ready for whats turning into an exciting 2010. Be well out there.
Colby

Friday, September 18, 2009

12-day Mountaineering Course has returned!

Melis, Joey, Dusty and their crew - Tamara, Mark, Garett, John, Stephen, Alex & Michael have returned from the Eldridge Glacier all smiles! They are unpacking, enjoying the autumn leaves and thinking about showers, lunch and dinner, then enjoying some laid-back Talkeetna life.

The 6-day Mountaineering Course is due to fly out tomorrow if the weather holds. (Larry, Matt M, Emily, Casey & Matt B) It's looking pretty good, we'll see how things look in the morning.

Cheers,
~Julia

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wednesday - Sept 16, 2009

Expedition Availability Update

Here's the rundown at the moment for Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: 5 spaces
May 10-30: 1 space
May 17-June 6: 1 space
May 24-June 13: 6 spaces
May 31-June 20: 5 spaces
June 7-June 27: 5 spaces
June 14-July 4: 5 spaces
June 21-July 11: 4 spaces

If you are curious about availability for any of our programs, feel free to email us: info@climbalaska.org

Cheers!
~Julia

Monday, September 14, 2009

Word from two courses!

The 6-day Mountaineering Course packed today and flew to the Coffee Glacier in the Alaska Range. Pictured left to right: Emily & Casey (newlyweds!), instructors Matt Montavon and Larry Holmgren, & Matt B. What a beautiful day! They enjoyed the sun while packing and practicing fixed line ascension. Tomorrow they will work on the basics of knots, roping up, then placing anchors and going for a glacier walk. The next day they'll focus on ascending out of a crevasse and probably practice some scenarios. Tonight they'll focus on building camp and eating dinner!

Melis called in from the Eldridge Glacier with the 12-day Mountaineering Course to report great weather, a foot of new snow and that they are having a great time! They moved camp today, down glacier and plan to do some climbing tomorrow. The next day they will will move camp again then start on some more advanced skills and rescue scenarios. Hello to everyone from Melis, Joey, Dusty, Mark, Tamara, Garett, John, Stephen, Alex and Michael!
Cheers,
~Julia

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mountaineering Course Birthday Summit!

Joey and the 12-day Mountaineering Course called in from the summit of an un-named peak along the Eldridge Glacier at 1:45 pm today - they are celebrating Mark's birthday on the summit! They've been debating on a name for it and so far the winning name is "Not Hershey Kiss". They are enjoying sunny weather and they say "we can see every mountain in Alaska!" Everyone says hello!
Cheers,
~Julia

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back from the Arrigetch


Colby returned from guiding a 9 day back packing trip through the Arrigetch Mountains, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Brooks Range. After a couple rainy days they got blue bird weather for the rest of the trip. Here is a shot of the East and West Maiden.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Course Photos

Here are pictures from today. 12-day Mountaineering Course led by Melis, Joey and Dusty. Participants are: Mark, Tamara, Garett, John, Stephen, Alex & Michael. Here are some shots of them packing, and a group photo. They flew to the Eldridge Glacier in the Alaska Range. Click on photos to see them larger.
Cheers!
~Julia

2010 Expedition Update

Denali West Buttress Expeditions are starting to fill up! We'll have the 2010 Schedule with expedition availability posted on our website next week. http://www.climbalaska.org/schedule.html
We are now booking for all Workshops, Courses and Expeditions for 2010. Wilderness First Responders & WFR Re-certifiers are welcome to sign up to make sure your spot is secure.

Here's the rundown at the moment for Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: 5 spaces
May 10-30: 3 spaces
May 17-June 6: 3 spaces
May 24-June 13: 6 spaces
May 31-June 20: 6 spaces
June 6-June 27: 5 spaces
June 14-July 4: 6 spaces
June 21-July 11: 4 spaces

If you are curious about availability for any of our programs, feel free to email us: info@climbalaska.org

Cheers from sunny Talkeetna!
~Julia

Happy Labor Day!

We're gearing up here for our September 12 Day Mountaineering Course! 7 students (Mark, Tamara, Garett, John, Stephen, Alex, Michael) and instructors Melis, Joey & Dusty are enjoying a gear check in the sun on this crisp, 50 degree morning. They are heading out to the Alaska Range this afternoon. We'll try to give you updates here.

As usual, I can't resist posting photos of the beautiful mountains as captured by webcam.
Here's the North Side webcam, and the South Side webcam.
Hope you all are enjoying a well-deserved long weekend!
~Julia

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Rain Has Gone...

Wow, many days of rain, gorgeous colors bursting from the forest, mushrooms everywhere, and now SUN! It's a beautiful day in paradise!
Here are views from the North Side web cam and the TAT webcam here in Talkeetna.
For more photos of this beautiful place, check out the Talkeetna Travel blog: http://talktrav.tumblr.com/