Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year from AMS

We'll never complain about the snow but we could use a little bit of a break! It is -8F today and still managing to snow. Here's Colby's trying to keep up the pace. We'll be enjoying the local New Year's festivities this weekend and will be closed on Monday. We'll reopen on Tuesday January 3, 2012.

Peace.

Beardy doesn't mind the cold and snow as long as he has a heat lamp and fresh lettuce.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Denali Video from 1997!


We hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas and didn't overindulge too much on sugar plums. We have lots of snow and some cold temperatures here in Talkeetna.

Here is a video from a 1997 Cancer Survivors climb guided by AMS owners, Colby Coombs and Caitlin Palmer. The climb raised money to support a children's camp for kids with cancer. Half of the team were themselves cancer survivors and were climbing with family members and friends. Everybody made it to the summit.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YtXX4hqFpk

We will be closed on Monday January 2nd for New Year's Day recovery efforts. We will reopen on Tuesday January 3 at 9:00 AM.

Cheers and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

AMS wishes you a Merry Christmas

We will be enjoying the long weekend and excellent skiing and therefore will be closed on Monday December 26th and will reopen on Tuesday morning at 9:00 AM. We look forward to talking with you.

Have a wonderful holiday,

From the AMS Winter Office Staff

Full moon over peaks on the Eldridge Glacier. Taken on a September 12-Day Mountaineering Course.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Expedition Availability

EXPEDITIONS

April 27 - May 17:  6 spaces available
April 29 - May 19:  5 spaces available
May 8 - May 28: 6 spaces available
May 11 - 31:  5 spaces available
May 13 - June 2:  2 spaces available
May 21 - June 10:  FULL
May 26 - June 15: FULL
May 28 - June 17:  FULL
June 4 - June 24:  1 space available
June 11 - July 1:  2 spaces available
June 18 - July 8:  1 space available
June 25 - July 15:  6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17:  3 spaces available

May 18 - June 7:  1 space available

April 28 - May 14:  3 spaces available

Custom Denali Expeditions
Start dates: April 16 - July 2
A very limited number of dates are available for Private West Buttress Denali Expeditions, contact AMS for details.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Happy Solstice

We wish you all the best this holiday season! 

It's a serious white Christmas up here in Talkeetna and we are loving every minute of it. We hope your holidays are full of fun and we'll be thinking of you.

Colby trying to hang on to Rosie, Caitlin, Laura with a Christmas cactus and Lisle on top.
Here is an impromtu photo of the AMS winter staff. Office staffer, Bobbi missed out as she had headed back east for the holidays.

All the Best,
Laura, Caitlin, Colby and Bobbi

Friday, December 16, 2011

Denali Availability...dwindling

The end of the year must get people thinking about next year...Denali Expeditions are filling steadily.

EXPEDITIONS

April 27 - May 17:  6 spaces available
April 29 - May 19:  5 spaces available
May 8 - May 28: 6 spaces available
May 11 - 31:  5 spaces available
May 13 - June 2:  2 spaces available
May 21 - June 10:  FULL
May 26 - June 15: FULL
May 28 - June 17:  FULL
June 4 - June 24:  2 spaces available
June 11 - July 1:  2 spaces available
June 18 - July 8:  1 space available
June 25 - July 15:  6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17:  4 spaces available

May 18 - June 7:  2 spaces available

April 28 - May 14:  3 spaces available

Custom Denali Expeditions
Start dates: April 16 - July 2
A very limited number of dates are available for Private West Buttress Denali Expeditions, contact AMS for details.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Guides in the Off-Season...

Ever wonder what our guides do when they leave Talkeetna after working the climbing season?  Here is one of the answers-- drive to the South Pole!



One of our long time lead guides, Tim Hewette (with unidentified female friend) works for Antarctic Logistics Expeditions. Here he prepares to drive 1000 KM to the South Pole.  Notice the AMS vest-- our guides are proud of where they work!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Alaskan Mountaineering Gift Suggestions

If you need a gift for the active people in your life,  here are a few recommendations!
   
Gift Certificates for AMS Courses and Expeditions!


Give the gift of learning with a gift certificate for an AMS Mountaineering Course, Glacier Trek, Photography Workshop, Custom Climb or any of our offerings.

Gift Certificates are available in any amount.

Just call the office Monday through Friday 10-5:00 PM Alaska Time and we'll help you out. You can also email us!
 907-733-1016
info@climbalaska.org



Books Make Great Gifts


Colby Coombs is the author of Denali's West Buttress: A Climber's Guide. If you've climbed Denali and want to explain it to your friends and family...this would be a good present for them to understand your climb.
We have signed copies available for sale through our office for $17.95 ($3.00 shipping)


Colby and fellow climber, Mike Wood wrote, Alaska: A Climbing Guide. Tempt yourself or your climbing partner with this book about climbs all over Alaska.
$24.95 plus shipping


You can purchase both books online through The Mountaineers.

Tom Bol, instructor for our newest course, Denali Photography Workshop, just released a new book: Adventure Sports Photography. If you know a photographer this guidebook can help them get the shot. Follow the link to purchase this book through Tom's website.

   


We've got HATS!

Call today and we'll mail an AMS hat in time for Christmas.
($12.00+$5.00 for shipping)






Lots of colors available.
The Trucker's hat is available in red only and has mesh in front.

AMS  Mugs:
cheap and warm!



12 oz. mug - $5.00
20 oz. mug - $6.50
(plus shipping)

AMS Used Gear Sale
Saturday, December 17 12:00-6:00 PM
If you're in the Talkeetna area,  then you don't want to miss our gear sale.  A large assortment of winter camping and climbing gear will be available.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

AMS Photo Workshop Guide Publishes Book!

We pride ourselves on the highly skilled instructors at AMS and are always happy to share their achievements when they aren't guiding and teaching for us.
Tom Bol, instructor for our Denali Photography Workshop just released his first book: Adventure Sports Photography Creating~ Dramatic Images in Wild Places. It is chock full of awesome images including one of Colby Coombs (pg. 180) and one taken during our Photo Workshop (pg. 129) as well as clear instruction on how to get these great shots. This could make a great Christmas gift for the active photographer in your family.

Or you could give somebody the gift of learning:

Tom and Colby are teaching the Denali Photography Workshop August 20 to August 26, 2012. The class is one day longer so there is more time to photograph and learn from the best!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Expedition and Course Availability

Along with a big dump of snow the last few days we got a big round of applications for Expeditions and Courses. Here's the latest...

EXPEDITIONS
Aconcagua, Argentina Normal Route
January 9 - 27, 2012:  2 spaces available

April 27 - May 17:  6 spaces available
April 29 - May 19:  5 spaces available
May 8 - May 28: 6 spaces available
May 11 - 31:  6 spaces available
May 13 - June 2:  2 spaces available
May 21 - June 10:  FULL
May 26 - June 15: FULL
May 28 - June 17:  FULL
June 4 - June 24:  2 spaces available
June 11 - July 1:  3 spaces available
June 18 - July 8:  1 space available
June 25 - July 15:  6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17:  5 spaces available

May 18 - June 7:  3 spaces available

April 28 - May 14:  3 spaces available

Custom Denali Expeditions
Start dates: April 16 - July 2
A very limited number of dates are available for Private West Buttress Denali Expeditions, contact AMS for details.

MOUNTAINEERING COURSES
(We take nine students on 6 and 12 Day Mountaineering Courses and only six on the Advanced Mountaineering Course)

May 2 - 13, 5 spaces available

March 17-22 
April 9 - 14 
May 7 - 12
June 21 - 26 
July 9 - 14
August 5 - 10
September 2 - 7
March 19- 30
April 23 - May 4
May 17 - 28
June 14 - 25
July 18 - 29
August 15 - 26
September 1 - 12
Denali Prep / Kahiltna Dome Expedition
June 1 - 10

WORKSHOPS

August 20 - 26:  Price to be determined
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue -Workshop location is at the Matanuska Glacier.
April 7-8
July 21-22 
August 18-19
 
WILDERNESS COURSES

July 6-9
August 5-8
July 21-27
August 10-16

CUSTOM GLACIER TREKS
Glacier Treks
Custom Treks in Denali National Park, Alaska Range 1-3 days, March-Sept  •  Call AMS for prices and details.

WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSES
March 10-18 9 days:
March 24-26
March 30-April 
 
Please view the full schedule on our website for more details and contact us if you have any questions.
Wishing you the best this autumn and we look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Denali West Buttress Update!



We are having a busy couple of days,  phone calls and applications to process.  Here is a list of availability for our Denali West Buttress Climbs!  Hope to see you in Talkeetna!

Denali West Buttress    :  21 Days, $6400, 6 climbers:2-3 guides
April 27 - May 17    6 spaces available
April 29 - May 19    5 spaces available
May 8 - May 28       6 spaces available
May 11 - May 31     6 spaces available
May 13 - June 2       3 spaces available
May 21 - June 10     (FULL)
May 26 - June 15     1 space available
May 28 - June 17     1 space available
June 4 - June 24       3 spaces available
June 11 - July 1        3 spaces available
June 18 - July 8        1 space available
June 25 - July 15      6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17      5 spaces available

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

It's another beautiful but cold day in Talkeetna--Minus eight degrees, brrrr!

We'll be warming our hearts and bellies celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. The AMS office will be closed tomorrow and Friday. We will reopen on Monday morning happily eating leftovers and ready to help answer your questions and process enrollments for 2012.

Alpine glow, full moon, snow....Alaska has it all!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving from the AMS staff,
Colby, Caitlin, Laura and Bobbi

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A visit with Barbra Washburn

Caitlin and Colby, owners of AMS, recently visited Barbra Washburn during a visit back east for Thanksgiving. She recently turned 96 and showed no sign of slowing down. We chatted about her amazing life, her 60 years married to Bradford Washburn, and her first female ascents of Denali and Mt Hayes. In her typical New England manner she downplayed everything preferring to talk about Talkeetna and all her friends there.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Time to Learn~Time to Play!

"Awesome instruction by true professionals! AMS sets the standard in Alaska Mountaineering!"   
 ~ Otis R, Six-Day Mountaineering Course

Students learning to set up camp on an Advanced Mountaineering Course


It is a cold windy day in Talkeetna.  The sky is blue and the mountains are seriously beautiful!  Now is the perfect time to turn your climbing dreams into reality! A great way to start is to join us for a Six or Twelve Day Mountaineering Course. Or, perhaps you want to hone the skills you already have by taking an Advanced Mountaineering Course.  
Six Day Mountaineering Course 
The AMS six-day mountaineering course introduces people with little or no climbing experience to mountaineering in a challenging and remote glaciated environment. Moving and building camps, roped glacier travel and crevasse rescue, avalanche transceiver searches, and mountain climbing techniques are all on the agenda. During this course participants will learn how to live comfortably in mountainous snow covered glaciated terrain and have an understanding of what it takes to pursue longer climbs in the Alaska Range. Six days is a short amount of time to cover a large number of topics, move camp, and climb a peak, so prepare to be a sponge for information.
$2100, max: 9 students: 3 instructors
March 17 - March 22
April 9 - April 14
May 7 - May 12
June 21 - June 26
July 9 - July 14
August 5 - August 10
September 2 - September 7

Twelve Day Mountaineering Course
The twelve-day course teaches all of the same skills as the six-day course but gives you more time and opportunity to practice the skills you've learned-- more time to ascend peaks, move camp to new areas and become even more comfortable with with life in the mountains. 
 
$2900, 9 Students: 3 instructors
 
March 19 - May 30
April 23- May 4
May 17- May28
June 14 - June 25
July 18 - July 29
August 15 - August 26
September 1- September 12

Advanced Mountaineering Course

It is not necessary to have snow and ice mountaineering experience to take this course. It is designed for the student who already has a solid background of roped climbing experience, is comfortable in exposed locations, and familiar with belaying, building anchors, and rappelling. Winter camping and downhill skiing experience are encouraged but not necessary. The smaller class size will enable you to learn more and climb more!
$3100, 6 students: 2 instructors

May 2-May 13

Contact AMS for more information!

Expedition and Course Availability

EXPEDITIONS
Aconcagua, Argentina Normal Route
January 9 - 27, 2012:  2 spaces available

April 27 - May 17:  6 spaces available
April 29 - May 19:  5 spaces available
May 8 - May 28: 6 spaces available
May 11 - 31:  6 spaces available
May 13 - June 2:  3 spaces available
May 21 - June 10:  FULL
May 26 - June 15:  2 spaces available
May 28 - June 17:  3 spaces available
June 4 - June 24:  3 spaces available
June 11 - July 1:  3 spaces available
June 18 - July 8:  2 spaces available
June 25 - July 15:  6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17:  5 spaces available

May 18 - June 7:  3 spaces available

April 28 - May 14:  3 spaces available

Custom Denali Expeditions
Start dates: April 16 - July 2
A very limited number of dates are available for Private West Buttress Denali Expeditions, contact AMS for details.

MOUNTAINEERING COURSES
(We take nine students on 6 and 12 Day Mountaineering Courses and only six on the Advanced Mountaineering Course)

May 2 - 13, 5 spaces available

March 17-22 
April 9 - 14 
May 7 - 12
June 21 - 26 
July 9 - 14
August 5 - 10
September 2 - 7
March 19- 30
April 23 - May 4
May 17 - 28
June 14 - 25
July 18 - 29
August 15 - 26
September 1 - 12
Denali Prep / Kahiltna Dome Expedition 
June 1 - 10

WORKSHOPS
August 20 - 26:  Price to be determined
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue -Workshop location is at the Matanuska Glacier.
April 7-8
July 21-22 
August 18-19
 
WILDERNESS COURSES
July 6-9
August 5-8
July 21-27
August 10-16

CUSTOM GLACIER TREKS
Glacier Treks
Custom Treks in Denali National Park, Alaska Range 1-3 days, March-Sept  •  Call AMS for prices and details.

WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSES
March 10-18 9 days:
March 24-26
March 30-April 
Please view the full schedule on our website for more details and contact us if you have any questions.
Wishing you the best this autumn and we look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Climbers Do Clean Up Well!

You might not recognize AMS owners, Caitlin Palmer and Colby Coombs in their city clothes. They are in Washington DC and got a chance to speak with US Alaskan Senator, Lisa Murkowski on issues related to guiding on Denali.

Caitlin Palmer, Senator Murkowski and Colby Coombs

Friday, November 4, 2011

Expedition, Course and Workshop Availability Update

We've added a new Denali West Buttress expedition starting May 8 to May 28th.

Full West Rib Expedition: We've changed our Upper West Rib to a Full West Rib. This expedition will depart the main Kahiltna at 7,800 feet and turn up the seldom visited NE fork of the Kahiltna. This will be a team of four with two guides attempting a challenging technical route up Denali's West Rib. May18-June 7, 3 spaces available.

EXPEDITIONS
Aconcagua, Argentina Normal Route
January 9 - 27, 2012:  2 spaces available


April 27 - May 17:  6 spaces available
April 29 - May 19:  6 spaces available
May 8 - May 28: 6 spaces available
May 11 - 31:  6 spaces available
May 13 - June 2:  4 spaces available
May 21 - June 10:  FULL
May 26 - June 15:  3 spaces available
May 28 - June 17:  3 spaces available
June 4 - June 24:  3 spaces available
June 11 - July 1:  3 spaces available
June 18 - July 8:  2 spaces available
June 25 - July 15:  6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17:  5 spaces available


May 18 - June 7:  3 spaces available

April 28 - May 14:  3 spaces available

Custom Denali Expeditions
Start dates: April 16 - July 2
A very limited number of dates are available for Private West Buttress Denali Expeditions, contact AMS for details.

MOUNTAINEERING COURSES

May 2 - 13

March 17-22 
April 9 - 14 
May 7 - 12
June 21 - 26 
July 9 - 14
August 5 - 10
September 2 - 7
March 19- 30
April 23 - May 4
May 17 - 28
June 14 - 25
July 18 - 29
August 15 - 26
September 1 - 12
Denali Prep / Kahiltna Dome Expedition 
June 1 - 10

WORKSHOPS

August 20 - 26:  Price to be determined
Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue -Workshop location is at the Matanuska Glacier.
April 7-8
July 21-22 
August 18-19
 
WILDERNESS COURSES

July 6-9
August 5-8
July 21-27
August 10-16

CUSTOM GLACIER TREKS
Glacier Treks
Custom Treks in Denali National Park, Alaska Range 1-3 days, March-Sept  •  Call AMS for prices and details.

WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSES

March 10-18 9 days:
March 24-26
March 30-April 
Please view the full schedule on our website for more details and contact us if you have any questions.
Wishing you the best this autumn and we look forward to seeing you in the spring!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

April and May Expeditions on Denali and Foraker

Interested in a Alaskan wilderness expedition?

Consider an early season climb on Denali's West Buttress, West Rib Routes or on Mount Foraker. Expeditions in late April and early May offer increased challenge because of the colder temperatures yet in exchange, you have an increase opportunity for solitude.  AMS has been offering West Buttress climbs in April since 2008 and we've always had the summit to ourselves. We are offering the following early season climbs on the West Buttress: April 27, April 29 and May 8.

The Full West Rib climb begins at Kahiltna basecamp and moves into the NE Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier at 7,800 feet. Climbing the full rib is not attempted by many people, only the strong need apply. It is a steep, technical, committing expediton. We have three spaces available starting May 18th.


Mount Foraker, the third highest mountain in North America, sees fewer than 20 attempts each season. You'll start at the Kahiltna Base camp and cross the main Kahiltna to Mount Crosson. This is not as technical a climb as the West Rib yet remains a tremendous challenge. We have three spaces available for our April 28 Foraker Expedition.

Contact us for more information!


Mount Foraker as seen from Talkeetna

Friday, October 28, 2011

Aconcagua

White Rocks


There is still time to join the Aconcagua expedition!  Only 2 spots available.

Aconcagua, Argentina »
January 9 - 27, 2012
Normal Route, 19 days, $5200, 6 climbers: 2 guides

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Denali Testimonial

"Outstanding Experience - Once in a lifetime!  The AMS team made it possible.  The guides were first class and the logistics flawless.  Well done and sincere thanks!"

T. Berman




The phones are ringing and emails are arriving,  Denali is on lots of climber's minds.  Today is a good day to give  you an update on expeditions.

2012 EXPEDITIONS   

6 climbers: 2-3 guides
                              
April 27 - May 17 6 spaces available!
April 29 - May 19  6 spaces available!
May 11 - 31 - 6 spaces available!
May 13 - June 2  - 6 spaces available!
May 21 - June 10 -  Full!
May 26 - June 15 - only 4 spaces available!
May 28 - June 17  - only 3 spaces available!
June 4 - June 24   only 4 spaces available!
June 11 - July 1  - only 3 spaces available!
June 18 - July 8  - only 2 spaces available!
June 25- July 15  - 6 spaces available!
June 27 - July 17  - 5 spaces available!

 Come join us for a great climb.

Bobbi

Monday, October 24, 2011

Aconcagua Expedition, Argentina

Greetings from Talkeetna!  The weather is getting colder but we still have climbing on our minds.  Our season kicks off with an Aconcagua climb.  We offer a smaller group 6 climbers and 2 guides.  This is a excellent deal and a wonderful way to see Argentina!  What a nice way to start the new year!


Aconcagua West Face


At just under 7000 meters, Aconcagua ranks as the highest mountain outside of Asia. The exact origin of its name is unclear, but translates to Stone Sentinel from the Inca word, "Acon Cahuak." Located in the heart of the Central Andes, Aconcagua was first climbed in 1897 from the northwest via the Horcornes Valley. Named the Normal Route, it is the most direct way up the mountain. 


Aconcagua, Argentina »
January 9 - 27, 2012  2 places left
 
Normal Route, 19 days, $5200, 6 climbers: 2 guides 

Bobbi

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today's Testimonial Advanced Mountaineering

"The course exceeded all expectations.  The AMS staff are friendly and helpful.  Our guides were world class and on top of their game!  The course was challenging,  enlightening and fun.  I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge base and skill level.  AMS is simply the best!"

-M. Beckage, Advanced Mountaineering Course 2011


AMS Posh glacier kitchen in a snowstorm with rare raven feather.

 The Advanced Mountaineering Course provides experienced climbers the opportunity to learn and apply new skills in a challenging mountaineering environment. Focus is placed on decision-making skills necessary for making successful peak ascents in the Alaska Range. With instructors' guidance, students evaluate terrain, identify hazards, and make route-finding decisions.


Advanced Mountaineering »
May 2 - 13
12 days, $3100, 9 students: 3 instructors 

Come join us for a fantastic experience!

Bobbi


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gorgeous October Days!

At AMS HQ the leaves are gone and we are waiting for the snow. In the meantime, the sunrises are spectacular and you don't have to get up early to see them.
Denali, Hunter and Foraker this morning at 8:38 AM. (so pretty, I was late for work!)

We are have room on our Foraker Expedition scheduled April 28- May 14. If you want a real challenge then we can arrange a custom Mount Hunter expedition. Denali Expeditions continue to fill for the West Buttress route and we have a West Rib expedition May 18 to June 7.

Happy Climbing,
Blogger Laura

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Today's Denali Testimonial


“AMS was the class of the mountain. Very well organized and went to great lengths to ensure an awesome experience.”
-K. Stewart
Denali, West Buttress Expedition 

14,000 Foot Camp


Denali is North America's tallest mountain and is unsurpassed in challenge and beauty. At AMS we consider ourselves lucky to call Denali and the Alaska Range our backyard, we know The Mountain like no one else. At 20,320 feet, Denali rises out of a sea of glaciers and other peaks of the Alaska Range. Please contact us with any questions you may have.  

2012 EXPEDITIONS   

6 climbers: 2-3 guides
                              
April 27 - May 17 6 spaces available!
April 29 - May 19  6 spaces available!
May 11 - 31 - 6 spaces available!
May 13 - June 2  - 6 spaces available!
May 21 - June 10 - only 4 spaces available!
May 26 - June 15 - 6 spaces available!
May 28 - June 17  - only 4 spaces available!
June 4 - June 24   - only 4 spaces available!
June 11 - July 1  - only 3 spaces available!
June 18 - July 8  - only 2 spaces available!
June 25- July 15  - 6 spaces available!
June 27 - July 17  - 6 spaces available!

Come join us in the Mountains!

Bobbi

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Imagine backpacking into fields of blueberries and crowberries, and after some epic rain, waking up to a bluebird day looking right at Mount McKinley, Mount Hunter and Mount Foraker, with plenty of time to explore the scene photographically."

~Janet Bogue,  2011 Denali Photography Workshop participant

2011 student photographing the Alaska Range from their camp.


We are offering the photography workshop August 20-25, 2012 in conjunction with the fantastic autumn colors of the tundra. Join outdoor and photography experts, Tom Bol and Colby Coombs to experience and capture the beauty and diversity of Alaska.

blogger laura

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fall Work Day

Another spectacular fall day and plenty to do here at AMS. Justin and Carter appeared today to cut grass, cut down trees and rake leaves.  They have had a very busy day,  but have been smiling and happy while they work!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Update on Expedition Availability

It's another beautiful afternoon in Talkeetna. Enrollments for expeditions come in each day by fax, email and snail mail. Signing up for a climb with AMS is a great step to committing to a winter training plan! We're here and ready to answer your questions.

EXPEDITIONS
Aconcagua, Argentina Normal Route
January 9 - 27, 2012:  3 spaces available
February 9 - 27, 2012:  4 spaces available

April 27 - May 17:  6 spaces available
April 29 - May 19:  6 spaces available
May 11 - May 31:  6 spaces available
May 13 - June 2:  6 spaces available
May 21 - June 10:  4 spaces available
May 26 - June 15:  6 spaces available
May 28 - June 17:  4 spaces available
June 4 - June 24:  4 spaces available
June 11 - July 1:  6 spaces available
June 18 - July 8:  2 spaces available
June 25 - July 15:  6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17:  5 spaces available

May 18 - June 7:  3 spaces available

April 28 - May 14:  3 spaces available

Custom Denali Expeditions
Start dates: April 16 - July 2
A very limited number of dates are available for Private West Buttress Denali Expeditions, contact AMS for details.

Custom Technical Climbs
March, April and May 
Please inquire about AMS' custom climbs on Mt. Huntington, Moose's Tooth; Ham & Eggs, Mt. Russell, Little Switzerland, and many other remote Alaskan mountains.

~Blogger Laura

Friday, September 16, 2011

Current Availability for 2012 Expeditions, Courses and Workshops - Join us!

Autumn views from Talkeetna of Mt. Hunter and Denali

EXPEDITIONS
Aconcagua, Argentina Normal Route
January 9 - 27, 2012:  3 spaces available
February 9 - 27, 2012:  5 spaces available

April 27 - May 17:  6 spaces available
April 29 - May 19:  6 spaces available
May 11 - 31:  6 spaces available
May 13 - June 2:  6 spaces available
May 21 - June 10:  4 spaces available
May 26 - June 15:  6 spaces available
May 28 - June 17:  4 spaces available
June 4 - 24:  5 spaces available
June 11 - July 1:  6 spaces available
June 18 - July 8:  2 spaces available
June 25 - July 15:  6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17:  5 spaces available

May 18 - June 7:  3 spaces available

April 28 - May 14:  3 spaces available

Custom Denali Expeditions
Start dates: April 16 - July 2
A very limited number of dates are available for Private West Buttress Denali Expeditions, contact AMS for details.


CUSTOM TECHNICAL CLIMBS
March, April, May, June, August 
Please inquire about AMS' custom climbs on Mt. Huntington, Moose's Tooth, Ham & Eggs, Mt. Russell, Little Switzerland, and many other remote Alaskan mountains.


MOUNTAINEERING COURSES

May 2 - 13:  space available

March 17-22:  5 spaces available
April 9 - 14:  space available
May 7 - 12:  space available
June 21 - 26:  space available
July 9 - 14:  space available
August 5 - 10:  space available
September 2 - 7:  space available
March 19- 30:  space available
April 23 - May 4:  space available
May 17 - 28:  space available
June 14 - 25:  space available
July 18 - 29:  space available
August 15 - 26:  space available
September 1 - 12:  space available

Denali Prep / Kahiltna Dome Expedition 
June 1 - 10:  space available


WORKSHOPS

August 20 - 25:  space available

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue -Workshop location is at the Matanuska Glacier.

April 7-8:  space available
July 21-22:  space available
August 18-19:  space available


WILDERNESS COURSES

July 6-9: space available
August 5-8: space available

July 21-27: space available
August 10-16: space available

CUSTOM GLACIER TREKS
Custom Treks in Denali National Park, Alaska Range 1-3 days, March-Sept  •  Call AMS for prices and details


WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSES
March 10-18 9 days: space available

March 24-26: space available
March 30-April 1: space available


Please view the full schedule on our website for more details and contact us if you have any questions.
Wishing you the best this autumn and we look forward to seeing you in the spring!


- Laura and Caitlin

Alaska Mountaineering School, LLC
phone: 1-907-733-1016
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall Projects at AMS HQ

With the last course over and all of the guides headed south, it's time for projects at the AMS headquarters. We've been fixing leaky roofs, repairing gear, raking leaves and a lot more to go before the snow flies.
Colby on the roof inspecting Chip's work.

Chip's helper, Coco

Butterball laments that there is no one around to pet her.

Monday, September 12, 2011

12 Day Mountaineering

AMS Instructor Joe Butler with students Travis and Justin are all smiles after an amazing 12 day mountaineering course.  They flew back frrom the the Alaska Range's Eldridge Glacier today, and are now busy hanging tents and sorting equipment. They had a great time out there and are looking forward to their next adventures!

Their return marks the final course for the AMS 2011 climbing season, well done and welcome back!





- Bobbi and Caitlin

Friday, September 9, 2011

September 6 Day Mountaineering Course Returns!

It is a fabulous sunny day in Talkeetna and thoughout the Alaska Range. The AMS six day mountaineering course just returned from their classroom on the Southeast Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier (aka basecamp).  

They are currently sorting their gear, hanging tents to dry and munching on tasty snacks here at the AMS HQ.  The team is happy and report that they had a great time in the mountains.  They have obviously learned a great deal from their instructors Melis Coady and John Sykes on this course - they are working like a well oiled machine. 

Welcome back September 6 day mountaineering course!




- Bobbi and Caitlin

12 Day Mountaineering Course

Instructor, Joe Butler just check in to tell us the weather is spectacular !  The group is going to climb, climb,climb today.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

12 Day Mountaineering Course Shoveling and Climbing

Guide Joe Butler just phoned in from the Eldridge Glacier. They been learning a lot despite some challenging weather. They skied to a nunatak (exposed rock jutting out of the glacier) down glacier and climb it.

Flying into the Eldridge Glacier

The Eldridge taken on the same day this course flew in.
~Blogger Laura

Sunday, September 4, 2011

6 Day Mountaineering Course

Another busy day at AMS.  The final 6 day course of the season is preparing to launch.  Instructors Melis Coady and John Sykes have been working hard all day checking and weighing gear, advising students about lunch packing.  Now they are instructing before the flight. Here is John teaching knots and rope climbing skills.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Have Fun! MTC 12 Day Heads Out!

Fresh greens from the AMS garden for lunch.

Doggie Marley helps load the plane but doesn't get to go.

Aivaris, Travis, Justin and guide Joe just before take-off.

Climb On!

It is September and we've still got climbing on the mind. Today is day one of our 12 Day Mountaineering Course led by guide, Joe Butler. We also have a birthday celebration Glacier Trek heading into the range guided by AMS owner, Colby Coombs.

There's another mountaineering course starting on September 4...and room for a few more students.

Guide Joe with two of the students, Justin and Travis, doing the gear check.

Guide Colby with Adam and birthday gal, Brigid off to the airport!

Blogger Laura

Monday, August 29, 2011

Photo Workshop has completed

The AMS Photography Workshop with Tom Bol has come to a close and it was a big success with a wide variety of lighting, subject matter and of course, fabulous students!

Check out these great images from the past few days of the workshop.

Cheers,
 Caitlin