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!