Friday, January 29, 2010

Moonlight Skiing

It is a Wolf Moon, how do locals celebrate? Some stay up late and howl, Denali Nordic Ski club is celebrating by skiing 25K tonight. They are practicing for the Oosik Ski Race, which is scheduled for March 20, here in (near) Talkeetna, it's 25 & 50K.

We're howling about enrollments here, the Wilderness First Responder 70-hour Course is nearly full! If you have been procrastinating, get that registration form to us ASAP! We usually have a waiting list, and occasionally some last-minute cancellations.

There is still some room on the WFR Challenge/Recertification sessions, but this is no reason to procrastinate; send in your registration form today! They usually fill quickly, in a burst of speed. We'll keep the waiting list going for you who do decide to put it off. Do you need to be certified for work? Your employer may even help you pay for it.

It's not too late to sign up for March or April Programs:
8 day Mountaineering Course, March 13-20 ("Spring Break Special" contact AMS for details)
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshop, April 10 & 11
6 day Mountaineering Course, April 16-21
12 day Mountaineering Course, April 18-29
Denali West Buttress, April 27-May 17

Here is the full run-down...
2010 Denali, West Buttress Expedition Availability:
April 27- May 17: 2 places Available
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL (waitlist)
May 31-June 20: FULL (waitlist)
June 2 -June 22: 4 places Available
June 7-June 27: FULL (waitlist)
June 14-July 4: FULL (waitlist)
June 21-July 11: FULL (waitlist)
July 4-July 24: 4 places Available

Denali, West Rib, 2010 Availability:
May 29-June 18: 3 spaces. Contact AMS for details, this is the famed "full" West Rib!
Custom Dates Available

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

Kahiltna Dome Expedition/Denali Prep Course, 2010 Availability:
June 3-12: 6 spaces
Custom Dates Available

Wilderness First Responder Course, 2010
March 6-14: 5 spaces available

WFR Re-certifications, 2010
March 20-22: 8 spaces available
March 27-29: 10 spaces available

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshops, 2010
April 10-11: 6 spaces available
There are also sessions in July and August.

Alaska Range Mountaineering Courses, 6 days, 2010 Availability
April 16-21: 7 spaces
May 7-12: 8 spaces
June 4-9: 8 spaces
The sessions in July, August & September have availability.

Alaska Range Mountaineering Courses, 12 days, 2010 Availability
April 18-29: 6 spaces
May 14-25: 6 spaces
June 11-22: 7 spaces
The sessions in July, August & September have availability.

Alaska Range Advanced Mountaineering Courses, 12 days, 2010 Availability
May 2-13: 3 spaces
June 23-July 4: 4 spaces

Things change quickly! Applications show up every day. If you are uncertain of your schedule but you are interested in participating, stay in touch with us: info@climbalaska.org or 907-733-1016. Leave us a message if we don't answer, we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Have a good weekend!
~Julia

P.S. Spammers, don't bother leaving comments, we are watching you.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Spring Break Special

















Oh, what a beautiful day!
It's 3 degrees & sunny!

We have a NEW PROGRAM for you beginners to consider ~ we're calling it our Spring Break Special. It's an 8 day Mountaineering Course, held on the Matanuska Glacier, for just $2000 per person, including food, fuel, group gear and transportation from Talkeetna. The dates are March 13-20, 2010. We have room for 2 more people. Contact our office for details. You could either meet us at the Glacier or meet us in Talkeetna. Otherwise, it will be very similar to our 6-day Mountaineering Course, with more time for practicing skills.
Contact our office: info@climbalaska.org

Wilderness First Responder Course is filling up fast! Secure your spot as soon as you can, here is the registration form.

2010 Denali, West Buttress Expedition Availability:
April 27- May 17: 2 places Available
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL (waitlist)
May 31-June 20: FULL (waitlist)
June 2 -June 22: 4 places Available
June 7-June 27: FULL (waitlist)
June 14-July 4: FULL (waitlist)
June 21-July 11: FULL (waitlist)
July 4-July 24: 4 places Available

Denali, West Rib, 2010 Availability:
May 29-June 18: 3 spaces. Contact AMS for details, this is the famed "full" West Rib!
Custom Dates Available

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

Kahiltna Dome Expedition/Denali Prep Course, 2010 Availability:
June 3-12: 6 spaces
Custom Dates Available

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

WFR Re-certifications, 2010
March 20-22: 8 spaces available
March 27-29: 10 spaces available

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshops, 2010
April 10-11: 5 spaces available
There are also sessions in July and August.

Alaska Range Mountaineering Courses, 6 days, 2010 Availability
April 16-21: 8 spaces
May 7-12: 8 spaces
June 4-9: 8 spaces
The sessions in July, August & September have availability.

Alaska Range Mountaineering Courses, 12 days, 2010 Availability
April 18-29: 6 spaces
May 14-25: 6 spaces
June 11-22: 7 spaces
The sessions in July, August & September have availability.

Things change quickly! Applications show up every day. If you are uncertain of your schedule but you are interested in participating, stay in touch with us: info@climbalaska.org or 907-733-1016. Leave us a message if we don't answer, we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Spammers, don't bother leaving comments, we are watching you.

Have a good weekend!
~Julia

Monday, January 18, 2010

Mid January

After a sunny weekend, we got a great dump of snow this morning! We're getting a beautiful sunset, but the Alaska Range is still obscured by clouds. It seems warm for us at this time of year, with 20 degrees as the constant temperature.

The Italian soloist made it up to Base Camp on Saturday, rumor has it he's thinking twice about his plan to dig snow caves for the whole expedition and is wishing he brought a tent. Never underestimate this mountain! (or overestimate yourself)
In other climbing news, the Anchorage Daily news had this feature story about climbing the West Buttress:
http://www.adn.com/3549/story/1096697.html

We had some availability changes over the weekend. Here is the latest -
2010 Denali, West Buttress Expedition Availability:
April 27- May 17: 2 places Available
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL (waitlist)
May 31-June 20: FULL (waitlist)
June 2 -June 22: 4 places Available
June 7-June 27: FULL (waitlist)
June 14-July 4: FULL (waitlist)
June 21-July 11: FULL (waitlist)

Denali, West Rib, 2010 Availability:
May 29-June 18: 3 spaces. Contact AMS for details, this is the famed "full" West Rib!
Custom Dates Available

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

Kahiltna Dome Expedition/Denali Prep Course, 2010 Availability:
June 3-12: 6 spaces
Custom Dates Available

Wilderness First Responder Course, 2010
March 6-14: 7 spaces available

WFR Re-certifications, 2010
March 20-22: 8 spaces available
March 27-29: 10 spaces available

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshops, 2010
April 10-11: 5 spaces available
There are also sessions in July and August.

Alaska Range Mountaineering Courses, 6 days, 2010 Availability
April 16-21: 8 spaces
May 7-12: 8 spaces
June 4-9: 8 spaces
The sessions in July, August & September have availability.

Alaska Range Mountaineering Courses, 12 days, 2010 Availability
April 18-29: 6 spaces
May 14-25: 7 spaces
June 11-22: 7 spaces
The sessions in July, August & September have availability.

Things change quickly! Applications show up every day. If you are uncertain of your schedule but you are interested in participating, stay in touch with us: info@climbalaska.org or 907-733-1016. Leave us a message if we don't answer, we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Hope you all enjoyed a day off. Kudos if you put in some volunteer time.
Cheers,
~Julia

Friday, January 15, 2010

Snow Falling In Talkeetna

We have low visibility and about 3" of fresh snow on the ground here in Talkeetna. Temps are very pleasant at 20 degrees above zero. Groomers have been keeping the local cross-country ski trails in great shape. A couple of people who are signed up for a Mountaineering Course made a road trip from Fairbanks to visit and check out the AMS facilities. Thanks for stopping by Dusty & Nick!

It seems quiet in town, but the climbing community has some activity with the first climbers of the year. Japanese photographer Norio Matsumoto is up in the range on his annual expedition for solitude and photography. Today an Italian climber is around town, preparing for a solo winter attempt on Denali; apparently delayed by the weather and enjoying the "Talkeetna Hang".

These are the kind of moments Norio waits for:
















Here is what's happening at AMS Headquarters. There have been shifts on the waitlists for the West Buttress, please check in with us on a regular basis to see how things look if you are waiting for a spot to open up. We do occasionally receive unexpected cancellations.

2010 Denali, West Buttress Expedition Availability:
April 27- May 17: 2 places Available
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL (waitlist)
May 31-June 20: FULL (waitlist)
June 2 -June 22: 4 places Available
June 7-June 27: FULL (waitlist)
June 14-July 4: FULL (waitlist)
June 21-July 11: FULL (waitlist)

Denali, West Rib, 2010 Availability:
May 29-June 18: 3 spaces. Contact AMS for details!
Custom Dates Available

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

Kahiltna Dome Expedition/Denali Prep Course, 2010 Availability:
June 3-12: 6 spaces
Custom Dates Available

Wilderness First Responder Course, 2010
March 6-14: 8 spaces available

WFR Re-certifications, 2010
March 20-22: 9 spaces available
March 27-29: 11 spaces available

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshops, 2010
April 10-11: 5 spaces available
There are also sessions in July and August.

Alaska Range Mountaineering Courses, 6 days, 2010 Availability
April 16-21: 8 spaces
May 7-12: 8 spaces
June 4-9: 8 spaces
The sessions in July, August & September have availability.

Alaska Range Mountaineering Courses, 12 days, 2010 Availability
April 18-29: 6 spaces
May 14-25: 7 spaces
June 11-22: 7 spaces
The sessions in July, August & September have availability.

Things change quickly! Applications show up every day. If you are uncertain of your schedule but you are interested in participating, stay in touch with us: info@climbalaska.org or 907-733-1016. Leave us a message if we don't answer, we'll be back in the office on Monday.

Cheers,
~Julia

Monday, January 11, 2010

A closer look at Denali


The views of the mountain are always changing and never get old.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A couple more minutes of daylight every day.




Denali and the mountains around it are patiently waiting for the next climbing season; and so are we. I hope everyone is enjoying their winter.
Colby

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!


We hope you are enjoying the first days of the new calendar year.

Thanks to all of you for such great memories of 2009 and here's to great adventures in 2010!

Photos of the AMS New Year's Eve party coming soon!

We are very pleased to be ringing in the New Year with applicaticants for AMS mountaineering courses coming through the door. We are happy to have you with us, get ready to climb and keep up your training!

2010 Denali, West Buttress Expedition Availability:
April 27- May 17: 2 places available
May 3- 23: FULL
May 10-30: FULL (waitlist)
May 17-June 6: FULL (waitlist)
May 24-June 13: FULL (waitlist)
May 31-June 20: FULL (waitlist)
June 7-June 27: FULL (waitlist)
June 14-July 4: FULL (waitlist)
June 21-July 11: FULL (waitlist)

If you are interested in a full expedition date, please check with us regarding the wait list as we do occasionally receive unexpected cancellations. We will post current availability here and on our website: www.climbalaska.org.

Please Note: The AMS office will be contactable through email and voice mail only through Tuesday January 12. We will return your messages as promptly as possible. On Wednesday, January 13, Julia will be in the office during our regular winter hours, 10 am - 6 pm Alaska Standard Time.

Enjoy your day,
Caitlin