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