Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mid-Winter Update

Busy day in the AMS Office! It's an all-girls day, dogs included.

Laura has the view to the West, processing enrollments.

Frannie is enjoying the spacious kitchen table, helping us with end of season reports.

Julia and Sienna have the East side, goofing off!

Here's what it's like outside ~ Winter Wonderland! The sun is rising just before 10 am and setting just after 3:30pm. We are losing about 4 minutes of daylight each day. If you want to get outside you have to time it right or ski by headlamp. Only 3 more weeks until Winter Solstice, when the days start getting longer!

We got our wish on Thanksgiving Day, the rain quit and the snow came down in big flakes. The power went out around 6:30pm and stayed out all night for most people in the area. A candle-lit evening!

Tomorrow we'll have an enrollment update for you.
Ciao for now,
~Blogger Julia

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Rain, rain, go away
the day before Thanksgiving Day!
We've got skiing
eating
drinking
...plans
already made.

The trails are slush,
they've turned to mush,
"like cream of wheat"
they say.
Bring us sun,
or better - snow,
'cause this rain
has got to go!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Love and be loved, may you be safe, warm and well-fed.
From the AMS Office Staff
~Caitlin, Colby, Julia, Laura, Rob & Frannie

The AMS Office will be closed November 25-28th.
We'll be back on Monday.

Schedule Update & Technical Difficulties

Greetings from slushy Talkeetna!
Alaska might be one of the few places where they cancel school on account of rain. Today is day three of school being closed due to treacherous road conditions. People and pets have been cooped up and starting to suffer from Cabin Fever! The weatherman is calling for snow tomorrow, but with slush and big puddles everywhere, folks are not too excited about that.

The ski trails were in great condition! Last Saturday, there was a "Wooden Ski" Classic that about a dozen community members participated in. Retro attire was encouraged! Wool sweaters, knickers, skirts, wooden skis, snowshoes and fur mittens were all seen that day. The group skied about 2 hours in fairly deep, fresh snow, making a long loop around town, along the River Trail and the Swamp Trail (by Twister Creek) starting and ending at the Talkeetna Roadhouse. The temp was 5 to 10 degrees above zero, the sun was out and it was beautiful.

So, here is the good news - enrollments are looking good!
We are receiving emails, faxes and phone calls every day for all sorts of programs.

Here is the current availability for 2011:

Aconcagua Expeditions
January 10 - 28: (FULL)
February 10 - 28:
two spots available

Foraker - Sultana Expedition
April 27 - May 13: (FULL)

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

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

Mountain Guide Course
April 15 - 26:
4 spots

Advanced Mountaineering Course
May 6 - 17: 5 spots

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

12 Day Mountaineering Courses
Several Dates: all have availability

Denali Photo Workshop
August 22-27: available

Wilderness First Responder Courses
WFR 70-Hour Course
March 5-13: 12 spots
WFR 3-day Recert
March 19-21: 18 spots
March 26-28: 16
spots

Custom Courses
Custom Expeditions
A limited number of dates are still available for Denali, contact AMS for details.
Many other custom options are available - all over the Alaska Range!
Check out our Glacier Treks!

Here is the full
schedule for more options.
Call or email AMS if you have any questions!
907-733-1016
info@climbalaska.org
We're in the office Monday-Friday, 10 am - 5 pm Alaska Time.
We will be closed in observance of Winter Holidays:
November 25 & 26, December 24, December 31
Happy Thanksgiving!

~Blogger Julia

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Aconcagua

We had another beautiful sunrise here in snowy Talkeetna!

Thanks to all of you who have responded to our recent email regarding Aconcagua and the West Rib Expeditions on Denali. Several of you pointed out a typo, thank you! Yes, you are quite right - the summit really is 22,834 feet above sea level (6,959 meters). We have corrected that and sent out another mailing today.

We do have two spaces available for our Aconcagua Expedition. The dates are February 10-28, 2011. The team meets with AMS senior guide Tom Torkelson in Mendoza.
Tom has been a professional guide all over the world, working with AMS since 2004. He now resides in Mendoza, coming to Alaska to guide on Denali for years, now acting as host and expedition leader for our Aconcagua teams. He is fluent in Spanish and knows Aconcagua like the back of his hand. This kind and professional senior guide is the person you want to be leading your expedition to the top of South America!
http://www.climbalaska.org/aconcagua.html

Contact our office if you have any questions about this expedition or any other!
Cheers,
~Blogger Julia

P.S. Check out this sunset! Taken from the TAT Webcam.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

AMS Lends Film Crew Support to "Sarah Palin's Alaska"

The snow covered 'bump' mid-ground is Michio Point in early season. Michio Point is the northern most point of Mount Barrill (7,650ft) located in the Ruth Glacier. It is named for Michio Hoshino, a well known nature and wildlife photographer. Hoshino was killed by a grizzly bear in Russia in 1996. He regularly visited the Alaska Range with youth groups from Japan. This point is locally named in his remembrance.

Todd Palin, Willow Palin, guide Brian McCullough, Sarah Palin and AMS owner Colby Coombs on the set at AMS.

Over five millions viewers watched the first episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska on TLC Sunday evening. Alaska Mountaineering School provided technical film crew support and skills instruction in Talkeetna for the Palins' glacier trek.

The AMS headquarters became a film set for a day in July and one in August 2010. They filmed the family gearing up and getting ready for their Glacier Trek which went to Michio Point on the Ruth Glacier.

Please note that in August, when this program was filmed, it was late season and the snow was at its minimum exposing the older, bare ice. The glacier revealed the ash layer from the March 2009 eruption of Mount Redoubt. On Michio Point, the snow had completely melted, showing the bare rock that Palin climbed. The summit of Mount McKinley is ten miles northwest as the crow flies from this location.

AMS takes people to this location every year. Glacier Treks are great for adventurous travelers to explore Denali National Park & Preserve. Please contact us for more information, no previous climbing experience is necessary.

We look forward to climbing with you!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Beautiful Talkeetna Sunrise


I didn't have to get up too early for this picture...about 9:30 AM. This is down at the Susitna River which is not frozen over. Back at the office we are processing enrollments for expeditions, courses and wilderness first responder classes.
Blogger Laura

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Salute to Veterans, Schedule Update

We are sending out a salute to Veterans - we thank you for your service.
Hats off on this Veterans' & Remembrance Day.
There will be an observance of Veterans Day at the VFW Post #3836 here in Talkeetna on Thursday November 11th at 11am. A potluck of soup, sandwiches, salads and desserts will follow. All are invited to attend to honor our veterans. For information you may contact Nancy Trump at 733-1574.
The AMS office will be open on Thursday and Friday this week.

Here is the current availability for 2011:


Aconcagua Expeditions
January 10 - 28: (FULL)
February 10 - 28: two spots available

Foraker - Sultana Expedition
April 27 - May 13: (FULL)

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

Denali - West Buttress Expeditions
April 25 - May 15: 6 spots
May 2 - 22: 6 spots
May 9 - 29: 5 spots
May 16 - June 5: 4 spots
May 23 - June 12: 2 spots
May 30 - June 19: 1 spot
June 6 - 26: 4 spots
June 13 - July 3: 6 spots
June 20 - July 12: 1 spot
June 27 - July 17: 5 spots

Mountain Guides Course
April 15 - 26: 4 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

Denali Photo Workshop
August 22-27: available

Wilderness First Responder Courses
WFR 70-Hour Course
March 5-13: 13 spots
WFR 3-day Recert
March 19-21: 18 spots
March 26-28: 17 spots

Custom Expeditions
A limited number of dates are still available for Denali, contact AMS for details.
Many other custom options are available - all over the Alaska Range!

Here is the full schedule for more options.
Call or email AMS if you have any questions!
907-733-1016
info@climbalaska.org
We're in the office Monday-Friday, 10 am - 5 pm Alaska Time.
We will be closed in observance of Winter Holidays:
November 25 & 26, December 24, December 31
~Blogger Julia

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Winter is here!

We have 6-8 inches of snow on the ground and more is falling daily. The "r" word has been in the forecast, we're lucky that it's all turned to snow so far. The dogs are loving it and it brings out the child in the rest of us! Time to wax the skis!

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: (FULL)

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

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

Mountain Guides Course
April 15 - 26: 4 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

Denali Photo Workshop
August 22-27: available

Wilderness First Responder Courses
WFR 70-Hour Course
March 5-13: 13 spots
WFR 3-day Recert
March 19-21: 18 spots
March 26-28: 18 spots

Custom Expeditions
A limited number of dates are still available for Denali, contact AMS for details.
Many other custom options are available - all over the Alaska Range!

Here is the full schedule for more options.
Call or email AMS if you have any questions!
We're in the office Monday-Friday, 10 am - 5 pm Alaska Time.
907-733-1016
info@climbalaska.org
~Blogger Julia