Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at AMS!

"Pardoning the Chickens"













Lisle, White Chicken & Rosie. Chicken found a friend to keep her warm.

The AMS Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend. We'll be back on Monday. Have a great weekend!
~Julia, Caitlin, Colby, Rob

Expedition Availability Report:

Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 4 spaces
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL
May 31-June 20: FULL
June 7-June 27: FULL
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!

Aconcagua, Normal Route, 2010 Availability:
February 8-26, 2010: 6 spaces
Argentina is calling you!

Kahiltna Dome Expedition/Denali Prep Course, 2010 Availability:
June 3-12: 7 spaces
Custom Dates Available

Denali, West Rib, 2010 Availability:
May 29-June 18: 4 spaces. Contact AMS for details!
Custom Dates Available

Denali, Upper West Rib, 2010 Availability:
June 5-June 25: 4 spaces
Custom Dates Available

Wilderness First Responder Course, 2010
March 6-14: 3 spaces available!

WFR Re-certifications, 2010
March 20-22: Available
March 27-29: Available

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshops, 2010
April 10-11: 7 spaces available
There are also sessions in July and August.

Send us an email if you have questions about a particular program or availability.
We'll be back in the office on Monday.

Cheers,
~Julia

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Update

Six inches of new snow in Talkeetna! More beautiful powder and another pretty day. Low sunlight gave us a bit of warmth midday and warm temps made it a joy to be outside. A perfect day for making snow angels. It made it up to 25 F today.

We've filled another expedition! The WFR course will be full soon, also.

Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 4 spaces (1 pending)
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL
May 31-June 20: FULL
June 7-June 27: FULL
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!

Wilderness First Responder Course, 2010
March 6-14: 3 spaces available!

Check in with us if you have any questions.
Cheers!
~Julia

Monday, November 23, 2009

Expedition Update

The temp is soaring today! Up to 36 (above zero!) today, with warm and cloudy being the forecast for the week. Maybe we'll get some snow? The Aurora Forecast predicts a "moderate" showing of Northern Lights for Thanksgiving, which is more of a showing than we've had in quite a while. If you look at the forecast here, you'll see that the folks up around the arctic circle get more shows than we do "way down" here at Latitude 62.

Expedition Availability Report:

Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 4 spaces
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL
May 31-June 20: 1 space*
June 7-June 27: FULL
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!
*Special small group, 4 climbers, 2 guides,$6900 per person

Aconcagua, Normal Route, 2010 Availability:
February 8-26, 2010: 6 spaces
Argentina is calling you!

Kahiltna Dome Expedition/Denali Prep Course, 2010 Availability:
June 3-12: 7 spaces
Custom Dates Available

Denali, West Rib, 2010 Availability:
May 29-June 18: 4 spaces. Contact AMS for details!
Custom Dates Available

Denali, Upper West Rib, 2010 Availability:
June 5-June 25: 4 spaces
Custom Dates Available

Wilderness First Responder Course, 2010
March 6-14: 3 spaces available!

WFR Re-certifications, 2010
March 20-22: Available
March 27-29: Available

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshops, 2010
April 10-11: 7 spaces available
There are also sessions in July and August.

Send us an email if you have questions about a particular program or availability.
We're here this week through Wednesday, and closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.

Cheers,
~Julia

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Update - Complete Details

Greetings! Another Expedition Full!

Denali,
West Buttress, 2010
Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL
May 31-June 20: 1 space*
June 7-June 27: 1 space - pending
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!
*Special small group, 4 climbers, 2 guides,$6900 per person

Aconcagua, Normal Route, 2010 Availability:
February 8-26, 2010: 6 spaces
Argentina is calling you!

Kahiltna Dome Expedition/Denali Prep Course, 2010 Availability:
June 3-12: 7 spaces
Custom Dates Available

Denali, West Rib, 2010 Availability:
May 29-June 18: 4 spaces. Contact AMS for details!
Custom Dates Available

Denali, Upper West Rib, 2010 Availability:
June 5-June 25: 4 spaces
Custom Dates Available

Other 2010 offerings:
Mountaineering Courses - all dates have availability
Wilderness Hikes & Treks - all dates have availability
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshops - all dates have availability
Wilderness First Responder Courses & Re-certifications - all dates have availability, but the 9-day WFR Course is filling quickly!
Click here for the 2010 Schedule and prices.

Many Custom options are still available. Thinking about Ham & Eggs? The Trolls? Give us a call or send us an email. We're in the office from 10 am to 5pm Monday - Friday, this time of year.

We're enjoying the snow here!
Cheers,
~Julia


The Trolls

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Changes to Update

Greetings from dark and chilly Talkeetna! The thermometer has hovered around Zero F all day. Another fantastic sunset!











3:30 p.m.













4:30 p.m.



There were some small changes today - here is the official standing:

Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: 1 space
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL
May 31-June 20: 1 space*
June 7-June 27: 1 space - pending
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!
*Special small group, 4 climbers, 2 guides,$6900 per person

Enjoy!
~Julia

Monday, November 16, 2009

Expeditions Filling Up!

Greetings from chilly Talkeetna!
It was 20 below zero here this morning, and the needle is headed back down that way as I prepare to get on my bike and pedal home in the dark - it got dark at 5pm!

Two more expeditions filled up over the weekend, and two more are on the brink...

Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL
May 31-June 20: 2 spaces*
June 7-June 27: 1 space - pending
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!
*Special small group, 4 climbers, 2 guides,$6900 per person

We've had several inquires about Mountaineering Courses - we do still have availability on all scheduled courses for 2010.

Here was the view today:


























Enjoy!!
~Julia

Friday, November 13, 2009

Quick Update Before the Weekend

Hello All,
Just wanted to post a quick update for the weekend.

Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: 1 space - pending
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL
May 31-June 20: 2 spaces*
June 7-June 27: 1 space - pending
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!
*Special small group, 4 climbers, 2 guides,$6900 per person

We're getting action on Wilderness First Responder Courses, too! If you have a group of people who need to take the WFR or WFR Recertification/Challenge, please contact us soon to insure your spots for March.

Check in with us on Monday for details if your favorite date is full or nearly full.
Have a great weekend!
~Julia

2009 Operation Denali: National Geographic's Best Adventure

Marc Hoffmeister, team leader of Operation Denali, was recently awarded Adventurer of the Year. This expedition had unique challenges with 4 of the 6 team members severely injured from the Iraq war. For example, Jon Kuniholm, who lost his arm to an IED, carried two extra prosthetic arms in case one broke. Matt Nyman, who lost his leg in a helicopter crash, hauled extra prosthetic legs in his sled. These guys prepared by taking an AMS mountaineering course in 2008 and made an inspiring video everyone should watch. Be warned, there are some graphic parts.
video
AMS took the responsibility of this expedition to heart and assigned senior Denali guide, Kirby Senden, plus two assistants, Todd Tumolo and Matt Montavon. Denali is hard for everyone; no one has ever said, "It was easy." And the mountain doesn't make concessions, period. That makes the success of this expedition that much more meaningful. Their story will be covered in National Geographic's Adventure magazine's Dec/Jan print edition and I urge you to vote for it in the Reader's Choice award.

Marc was also honored with the Alaska Governor's Veterans Advocacy Award, awarded to him on Wednesday, Veterans' Day.
Colby Coombs

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Winter Storm Warning






























We finally got some snow!!
More is expected tonight. Here are some pics from the AMS compound.
The Veterans were able to hold their ceremony at the local VFW Post 3836 in spite of the storm. These are hardy people up here. http://ktna.org/2009/11/11/talkeetna-vfw-post-3836-honors-veterans/
http://ktna.org/2009/11/11/heavy-snow-cancels-most-events/
I got to test out my new snow tires.

Here is the update for the West Buttress:

Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: 2 spaces
May 10-30: FULL
May 17-June 6: FULL
May 24-June 13: 1 space
May 31-June 20: 2 spaces*
June 7-June 27: 1 space
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!
*Special small group, 4 climbers, 2 guides,$6900 per person

There are three spots with applications pending - spots are going fast!

Ciao,
Julia

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Little Snow & A Little Cold

We have nearly 2" of snow on the ground here in T-town, and the temp was 3 degrees when I came to work this morning. It was a beautiful, sunny day! There is a winter storm warning in effect for tomorrow, cold and lots of snow, especially north of here. Nearly everyone here feels we are overdue for snow.













Here is the update from the AMS Office:

Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: 3 spaces
May 10-30: FULL
May 17-June 6: FULL
May 24-June 13: 1 space
May 31-June 20: 2 spaces*
June 7-June 27: 1 space
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!
*Special small group, 4 climbers, 2 guides,$6900 per person

We still have space on Mountaineering Courses, including Denali Prep/Kahiltna Dome Expeditions, as well as Wilderness Treks and Hikes.
Cheers!
~Julia

Friday, November 6, 2009

Clear Day in Talkeetna

Greetings Blog Fans,






















It was clear and dry in Talkeetna today. The Post Office gossip seems to be focused on the lack of snow for this time of year. But excellent ice skating on the frozen ponds! I'm going to wait until the lakes are good-and-frozen before I venture out. It was up to nearly 40 F yesterday and today. I was talking to Dave Johnston who is glad it's not snowing yet, as they are still working on the roof of their sauna. Dave is usually one of the first ones to strap on his skis each year! (Yes, this is the Dave Johnston.) He's been skating on the ponds in his neighborhood, noting that it had been down to -4 a couple of nights and "probably frozen through". I noticed that they've been starting to get the hockey rink iced up for practice, that's more my speed.

It has been a busy week here in the AMS office. Lots of enrollments in progress for the West Buttress! Here is the official standing as of today - there are a few applications pending so this will very likely change first thing on Monday.

Denali, West Buttress, 2010 Availability:
April 27-May 17: 5 spaces
May 3- 23: 4 spaces
May 10-30: FULL
May 17-June 6: FULL
May 24-June 13: 2 spaces
May 31-June 20: 3 spaces*
June 7-June 27: 2 spaces
June 14-July 4: 1 space
June 21-July 11: 1 space
Custom Dates Filling Fast!
All Dates Filling Fast!
*Special small group, 4 climbers, 2 guides,$6900 per person

Have a great weekend!
~Julia