Thursday, October 25, 2012

Expedition Availability


Aconcagua

January 13-31   4 spaces available, Guided by Tom Torkleson
19 Days, $5500, 6 climbers: 2 guides

Denali, West Buttress

May 10 - May 30     2 spaces available, Guided by Larry Holmgren
May 13 - June 2       5 spaces available
May 20 - June 9       5 spaces available
May 25 - June 14     6 spaces available
May 27 - June 16     6 spaces available, Guided by Mark Postle
June 3 - June 23       3 spaces available, Guided by Todd Passey
June 10 - June 30     2 spaces available, Guided by Mike Hamill
June 14 - July 4        6 spaces available
June 17 - July 7        5 spaces available
June 23 - July 13      6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17      3 spaces available, Guided by Rob Gowler
21 Days, $6800, 6 climbers: 2-3 guides

Denali, Upper West Rib

June 7 - June 27   3 spaces available
21 Days, $7900, 4 climbers: 2 guides

Forker, Sultana Ridge

May 17 - June 2 1 space available   
17 Days, $6800, 4 climbers: 2guides
It's quiet in beautiful downtown Talkeetna these days. Ice skating is great right now and nordic skiing is next.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hollywood in Alaska

From time to time Alaska Mountaineering School gets called on to help with filming in this great state. Seems like it is becoming more frequent~

Tomorrow, AMS guide Joey McBrayer heads to Noorvik, Alaska to work on a BBC production. They are doing a series on Bush Alaska using AMS and our guides for field safety, logistics, camp support and rental equipment.

In late September, Guide Nick D'Alessio helped with a project by Grizzly Creek Films shot in Denali National Park & Preserve.

In early September there was an audition for a commercial involving ice cold beer and climbing. As you can imagine lots of AMS guides applied! And one of them, Joe Butler, got a part in the commercial. Can you find him? Check it out on Youtube!
http://www.youtube.com/user/Coorslight/videos?query=ascent

Meanwhile back here at headquarters on 3rd Street the weather is beautiful; clear and cold at night and ice skating season has begun.

We have received applications for 2013 Wilderness First Responder classes being held late March and early April. These classes will fill up so apply early.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Winter is Here!

It is a brisk day in Talkeetna both in and out of the office. While we are still drying out some damp files from the flood, we are also enrolling folks on courses, expeditions and workshops. We got our first snow over the weekend and I think it might stick around. Always nice to have a white Halloween...



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Expedition Availability

It is a beautiful day in Talkeetna. We have clear skies and sunshine! A great change from the last few weeks.

Work continues on the flood damage to the daylight basement of the AMS Mountain Store but it is coming along nicely and we look forward to our renovation.  Here at the main AMS office we are all recovered from the water in our crawlspace and we have some new residents...two cockatiels and a turtle, (flood refugees) they are chattering and splashing in the background.

We are busy working on the 2013 season. It is time to book your 2013 Expedition with AMS, another great climbing season is ahead.

Aconcagua

January 13-31   4 spaces available, Guided by Tom Torkleson
19 Days, $5500, 6 climbers: 2 guides

Denali, West Buttress

May 10 - May 30     2 spaces available, Guided by Larry Holmgren
May 13 - June 2       5 spaces available
May 20 - June 9       5 spaces available
May 25 - June 14     6 spaces available
May 27 - June 16     6 spaces available, Guided by Mark Postle
June 3 - June 23       4 spaces available, Guided by Todd Passey
June 10 - June 30     2 spaces available, Guided by Mike Hamill
June 14 - July 4        6 spaces available
June 17 - July 7        5 spaces available
June 23 - July 13      6 spaces available
June 27 - July 17      3 spaces available, Guided by Rob Gowler
21 Days, $6800, 6 climbers: 2-3 guides

Denali, Upper West Rib

June 7 - June 27   3 spaces available
21 Days, $7900, 4 climbers: 2 guides

Forker, Sultana Ridge

May 17 - June 2 1 space available   
17 Days, $6800, 4 climbers: 2guides

The Webcam does not lie...it's beautiful out today!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Case Study in Hope

This is a great article about Holly Crabtree, a combat wounded veteran on an AMS rafting trip down the Susitna River this summer.  We've been working with the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge group for several summers are honored and  privileged to do so. I think we learn as much from them as they do from us.


http://www2.tbo.com/news/news/2012/oct/07/namaino1-navy-corpsman-who-was-shot-in-the-head-is-ar-524610/


Holly and Vic Thibeault (Yeti) on the river.