Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Preparing for 2011 - Availability

The AMS Office staff has been busy getting things ready for the coming climbing season while enjoying a spell of sunny weather!
Here is a fun link to our world:
Here is an even more fun look!

It is that time of year when we post the latest enrollment availability here on the blog. Things look pretty open right now, but they tend to fill up in bursts.
We try to update the blog on a regular basis, but things change more quickly than we can post. So...if you are interested in a particular date...send us an email or give us a call!
The office here in Talkeetna is open Mondays-Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the winter.
Click HERE to secure your spot now.

Here is the current availability for 2011:

Aconcagua Expeditions
January 10 - 28 (FULL)
February 10 - 28: one spot available

Foraker - Sultana Expedition
April 27 - May 13: one spot available

Denali - West Buttress Expeditions
April 25 - May 15: 6 spots
May 2 - 22: 6 spots
May 9 - 29: 5 spots
May 16 - June 5: 6 spots
May 23 - June 12: 4 spots
May 30 - June 19: 5 spots
June 6 - 26: 6 spots
June 13 - July 3: 6 spots
June 20 - July 12: 2 spots
June 27 - July 17: 6 spots

Denali - Upper West Rib
May 21 - June 10: 3 spots

Mountain Guides Course
April 15 - 26: 5 spots

Advanced Mountaineering Course
May 6 - 17: 6 spots

Denali Prep Course/Kahiltna Dome
June 5-14: 6 spots

Mountaineering Courses
Several Dates: all have availability

Wilderness Backpacking Courses
Several Dates: all have availability

Here is the full schedule for more options.

Have a great day!
~Blogger Julia

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Photos from Mountaineering Course

Some local folks had the opportunity to ride on the Otter that went in to pick up Melis, Beth, Robert, Brad, Kris & Elias yesterday. Here are some views en route from Talkeetna to the Kahiltna SE Fork (Base Camp). Thanks to Randi for these photos.

It was a little hazy, with that famous "patchy morning fog" we've been hearing about in the forecast lately...

Picking up the team...

Gazing at the White Wonderous Alaska Range over the Otter nose...

And the moment you've been waiting for: Kris's face-off with the famed "Seward's Folly" burger at the West Rib Pub!

"Mmm, dis is dlishish"
(It's the Fat Ass Sauce)

He almost did it! It took a while, but there was not much left! He even ate most of the 1 lb of fries! There were many spectators cheering him on.
Melis asked him, "Which was harder, this or any of the peaks we climbed?"
"THIS!" he said, noting that he's ready for more mountaineering!!
We look forward to seeing all these course members here at AMS in the future!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Home Safe & Sound

Melis & Beth's Mountaineering Course team are home to clear skies, fall colors and warm sunshine! They had a great flight out of the Alaska Range after the fog burned off here over Talkeetna-town. They are all glowing, and confirmed that yes, they did have the Best Trip Ever in the mountains. They all look relaxed, organized and maybe a little sad that the course has ended! I'm looking forward to hearing their stories and seeing photos, meanwhile they are busy unpacking and hanging gear to dry. They brought me some snow. :-)
~Blogger Julia

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dome Summit

5:00 pm Update:

Melis and team just called in from the summit of Kahiltna Dome where the weather and view are spectacular. They will head down shortly and make their way safely back to the Kahiltna Glacier for their Friday pick up.

The September Mountaineering Courses are great for no crowds, fewer overflights and the possibility of Northern Lights; which this group has been able to to see some of the evenings.

By the way, this is only the 2nd time the Kahiltna Dome has welcomed AMS climbers to its summit in 3 years! WAY TO GO!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Last Hurrah of the Season

Kahiltna Dome as seen from 11,000 feet on the West Buttress route.

Melis and gang from the 12 Day Mountaineering course are continuing to have a blast. The weather has been gorgeous; it is hot and sunny on the glacier. Some folks are sleeping outside under the stars! They are presently camped at the base of Ski Hill (7,900) on the West Butress route. They are thinking about climbing Kahiltna Dome (12,525 ft) if the conditions are right. WOW!

Blogger Laura

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Splitter Forecast!

There is no better time to be in the Alaska Range right now.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Update from the Mountaineering Course!

Instructors Melis Coady & Beth Cleary called from the top of Radio Tower Peak - the whole 12-day Mountaineering Course group was up there! They are enjoying a "splitter" day! They have been practicing rigging for glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and obviously some climbing skills! They are just getting started, and there are many more objectives for them.

Here's the view today from the bluff near Talkeetna Town...Cheers, Julia

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Last 12 Day Mountaineering Course Goes to the Kahiltna

Guide Beth Cleary gives ascension instruction...
Next, the students give it a go.

Guides Melis Coady and Beth Cleary took four budding mountaineers to the Kahiltna Glacier yesterday. It was a bluebird day; they're in for 12 days of instruction, fun, climbing, fun, repeat.

Our next 12 Day Mountaineering Course is offered March 27- April 7, 2011

~Blogger Laura

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another Beautfiul Day in Downtown Talkeetna

A went for a walk this morning before work and this beautiful scene awaited me down at the river.
~Blogger Laura

Custom Wilderness Backpacking Hike Goes to Iron Creek

Guide Brian McCullough and Jesse headed out for a four day Wilderness Trek to Iron Creek this week. They're having great weather! I hope Luna got to go...isn't she cute?

We've got another 12 Day Mountaineering Course leaving on Monday 9/6. There's room if you'd like to join.

~Blogger Laura

12 Day Mountaineering Course Group Photos Found!

I just discovered these images on the camera so thought I'd post them. These are members of the 8/9-8/20 12 Day Mountaineering Course taught by guides, Joey McBrayer, Matt Montavon and Greg Nappi. Judging from the photo below they learned some extra skills.

~Blogger Laura