Monday, September 30, 2013

Hawaii Photo Workshop

We have 3 spaces available for the Photo Workshop.  Wouldn't it be nice to learn new photography skills while enjoying the warmth of Hawaii.  You can find  more information and application on our website:  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Expedition Availability

It is a beautiful fall day here in Talkeetna!  We have been busy with phone and emails about our upcoming expeditions. 

Denali, West Buttress, 21 days, 6 climbers, 2 - 3 guides

April 27 - May 17,    6 spaces available
May 5 - May 25,       6 spaces available
May 9 - May 29,       5 spaces available
May 11 - May 31,     6 spaces available
May 12 - June 1,       6 spaces available
May 19 - June 8,       5 spaces available
May 23 - June 12,     6 spaces available
May 26 - June 15,     3 spaces available
June 2 - June 22,       4 spaces available
June 9 - June 29,       6 spaces available
June 12 - July 2,        6 spaces available
June 16 - July 6,        6 spaces available
June 23 - July 13,      6 spaces available
June 25 - July 15,      6 spaces available

Denali,  West Rib, 21 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides

June 7 - June 27      4 spaces available

Foraker, Sultana Ridge, 21 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides
May 17 - June 6,     FULL


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quote of the Week

"The AMS experience is one of a kind.  The education is comprehensive and teaches you a wide variety of skills to be a confident traveler in all kinds of terrain and weather.  The instructors are the real deal and teach in a way that layers the information and makes it easy to absorb.  It was an awesome time with incredible beauty and tons of laughs."

Megan,  12 Day Mountaineering Course 2013

Eldridge Glacier

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hoeschen 12 Day Mountaineering Course Returns

Instructors Josh Hoeschen, Jake Kayes and students returned from the the Scanadavian Glacier yesterday.  They had a great time and learned many new skills.  The group were tired but happy!

Robert, Zack,Keenan, Instructor Jake Kayes, Malcolm, Instructor Josh Hoeschen, Megan, Kamran

Denmark Mtn

Ridge to Summit of Greenland Mtn

Kamran moving through notch on the ridge

Summit of Greenland Peak

Camp in moraine of Scandinavian Glacier

Looking up the Matanuska Glacier

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Denali Shrunk!

This news just in!

Updated radar mapping conducted in 2012 put Denali at 20,237 feet rather than 20,320 feet, Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell told the annual symposium of the International Map Collectors’ Society held in Fairbanks this week.

“That’s 83 feet shorter than we thought,” Treadwell said, according to a press release on Wednesday. “The good news is: Denali is still the tallest peak in North America.”

According to the press release, the new height was measured in 2012 as part of Alaska’s Statewide Digital Mapping Initiative.

The mapping also revealed the entire ridge line of Mt. Dickey in Denali National Park had been missing from previous maps.

The mapping effort has been running since 2010 and has been funded by both the state and the federal government. It’s nearly 50 percent complete and the release says it’s on schedule to be finished by 2016.

The United States Geological Survey has produced 400 new Alaska maps and will produce more than 11,000 maps of the state. All the maps are available for public download at

Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 12-Day in the Mountains!

It is raining heavily across the state of Alaska but our 12-day mountaineering course was able to fly into the 5,000 foot level of the Matanuska glacier in the Chugach mountains.

Yesterday, Sept. 4, late morning the 8-member team flew by dueling super cub bush planes onto the glacial moraine below the lovely Scandinavian peaks.

Hoeschen called in the evening to say the team was doing well and was excited to be on the glacier.

The skies briefly cleared last night for a glimpse of the night sky heavily crowded with stars. Because of the enormous amount of daylight we get at this latitude during the summer, this is the first time since early March we can see stars this clearly in the mountains. It is not unusual this time of year for our teams to witness the aurora, northern lights, a stunning event to witness in the mountains so far away from light pollution.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hoeschen 12 Day Mountaineering Course

Instructors Josh Hosechen and Jake Kayes have been having a busy day with their students  The students are all in great spirits as they pack lunches and do gear checks. The afternoon plans are to start some classes.

Megan, Instructor Josh Hoeschen and Zack


 Instructor Jake Kayes

Robert getting fixed line instructions