Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Professional Photographer and AMS Graduate Norio Matsumoto

Norio Matsumoto has been photographing the Alaska range for 16 years! He flies onto the Whistler glacier overlooking the Ruth Gorge and Denali and photographs the northern lights. His idea is to get a shot of a powerfully red aurora with Denali front lit by a full moon in the foreground. 

Typically Norio will build a snow cave and spend 50-days each winter camped by himself working on this photography assignment. He flew into today and won't fly out until March 20th.
Norio Matsumoto:AMS Denali West Buttress graduate, class of 2004!
Today, Norio flew into the glacier with company. A popular japanese television show "Johnetsu-Tairiku" will be featuring him a TV documentary series this March. Norio will be the focus of a 1/2 hour segment on his adventures and works.

A two person film crew from the production company Ortus Japan has been following and filming Norio since November. This trip into the range will be the capstone of their efforts.

AMS guide Larry Holmgren will join the crew this week to provide field safety services for the film crew. They had perfect weather today and the aurora forecast is moderate for tonight. The team was actually able to film some of the northern lights from Talkeetna before they left.

We wish them warms days and clear nights for this exciting project. There is only on other person in the mountain range right now- another Japanese climber, Matsitoshi, who is on his 8th attempt of a solo winter ascent of Mt. Hunter.
Jun, Norio, and Gaku before their flight.
You can see some of his work on his website: http://braingiants.com/noriomatsumoto/gallery.html

Many of his photographs are also for sale at the Talkeetna Air Taxi gallery in downtown Talkeetna.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Expedition Availability

Climbers regroup on Denali's West Rib:
a remote, steep, and rewarding climb to Denali's summit.

We hope to climb with you this season! We still have a few availabilities for custom expeditions.

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

April 27 - May 17, 2 spaces, Guide: Dan Corn
May 3 - May 23, FULL, Custom Expedition
May 5 - May 25, 3 spaces, Guide: Leighan Falley
May 9 - May 29, 2 spaces, Guide: Wes Bunch
May 11 - May 31, FULL
May 12 - June 1, 3 spaces, Guide: Mark Postle
May 19 - June 8, FULL
May 23 - June 12, 4 spaces, Guide: Todd Tumolo
May 25- June 14, FULL Custom Expedition
May 26 - June 15, FULL
May 26 - June 15, FULL Custom Expedition, Guide: Forest Wagner
June 2 - June 22,  2 spaces, Guide: Nick D'Alessio
June 8 - June 28, FULL Custom Expedition, Guide: Mark Postle
June 8 - June 28, FULL Custom Expedition, Guide: Colby Coombs 
June 9 - June 29, FULL
June 12 - July 2, 3 spaces, Guide:Mike Hamill
June 16 - July 6, 4 spaces
June 22 - July 12, FULL Custom Expedition
June 23 - July 13, FULL Custom  Expedition, Guide: Melis Coady
June 25 - July 15, 1 space, Guide: Rob Gowler

Denali,  West Rib, 21 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides
June 3 - June 23, 3 spaces, Guide: Todd Passey

Foraker, Sultana Ridge, 21 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides
May 17 - June 6, 1 space, Guide: Melis Coady

Please note that lead guide positions are secured as best as possible, but changes can occur due to injury, illness, or other things beyond AMS' control. Rest assured, that if a change occurs, AMS guides are a highly skilled collective of professionals in their field.


What does Alaska and Pakistan have in common?

Insanely large landscape changing avalanches for one! Our thoughts go out to our buddies in Valdez dealing with this catastrophe.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Expedition Availability

We have tentative lead guides for some of our expeditions.  We hope to see you this season!

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

April 27 - May 17,     2 spaces available, Dan Corn
May 5 - May 25,        3 spaces available, Leighan Falley
May 9 - May 29,        2 spaces available, Wes Bunch
May 11 - May 31,       FULL
May 12 - June 1,        4 spaces available, Mark Postle
May 19 - June 8,        6 spaces available, Todd Passey
May 23 - June 12,      5 spaces available
May 26 - June 15,       FULL
June 2 - June 22,       2 spaces available, Nick D'Alessio
June 9 - June 29,       6 spaces available
June 12 - July 2,         5 spaces available, Mike Hamill
June 16 - July 6,         5 spaces available
June 23 - July 13,       FULL
June 25 - July 15,       2 spaces available, Rob Gowler

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

June 3 - June 23      3 spaces available

Foraker, Sultana Ridge, 21 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides
May 17 - June 6,     1 space available



West Buttress