Wednesday, April 30, 2014

12 Day Mountaineering Course - English

AMS Guide Dustin English just checked in from the Pika Glacier in Little Switzerland.

They hare having an excellent time traveling and exploring today.  This morning the saw a nice display of the Northern Lights.   They had hands on lessons in navigation and route finding today as they were negotiating the glacier near the main flow of that Kahiltna Glacier.

They report: All is good!

Here is a photo of a the "trolls" a prominent climbing feature in Little Switzerland, where the course working from.

Holmgren, Advanced Mountaineering Course

AMS Instructors Larry Holmgren and Keith Sidle and students flew the SE Fork of Kahiltna Glacier for our Advanced Mountaineering Course this morning.  The group was anxious to get into the mountains and begin their 12 days of classes, after having to wait for better weather.  They are a great group of climbers, we know they will have a great time!

Peter, Erin, Aniko, Olya, and Hari pratice putting up tents

Standing: Olya, Instructor Keith, Erin, Aniko, Peter, Lawrence, 1st row: Instructor Larry and Hari

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

12 Day Mountaineering Course - English

AMS Instructor Dustin English with the April 12 day mountaineering Course, checked in from the Pika Glacier today.  The group has been having great weather and plans to switch to night travel for the remainder of the course.  Because of hot temperatures during the day, traveling on the glacier and climbing is better at night due to firmer snow conditions.  Instructors Dustin and Adam Fabricant are teaching great courses and the students are learning and climbing a lot.  The weather has been amazing and they are really happy.

Base Camp at Pika






Sunday, April 27, 2014

AMS 6 Day Mountaineering Course - Stroud and our first Denali West Buttress - Corn expedition send-out!

AMS 6 day Mountaineering Course participants enjoy a hearty meal made with love, before heading out into the Alaska Range!

AMS co-director, Caitlin Palmer, shares her experiences and insight on Denali West Buttress route with participants.

AMS's first Denali West Buttress expedition of the 2014season with guides Dan Corn and Noah Ronczkowski flew out today with Talkeetna Air Taxi on a blue-bird Alaska day. Great day to be starting a climb!

AMS 6 Day Mountaineering Course with lead guide Alex Stroud headed out to the Pika Glacier, Alaska Range today for some fun and intensive learning in the sun and snow!

12 Day AMS Mountaineering Course, April 22 - English and Life Below Zero TV show, Updates

Update: Pika Glacier: The 12 day AMS mountaineering course with guides Dustin English and Adam Fabrikant on day 6 of 12. Everyone is stoked and have moved to the Crown Jewel to continue practicing skills such as building anchors, snow pack assessment, route finding, snow camping and climbing. It is continued sunny weather here in Talkeetna and in the Alaska Range. Long summer days are fast approaching.

Our awesome AMS guides continue to provide safety and support services for National Geographic Channel's "Life Below Zero" with wild animal sightings, such as this red fox on the Kavik River, Brooks Range, AK.  Good times and a fun show!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

First Mountaineering Course of the season, flies to the Pika Glacier today!

Adam teaching fixed line ascension at the AMS training bay.

While everyone was working hard, the AMS pups hung out in the spring sun.
The 12 day Mountaineering Course crew, guides Dustin and Adam.


Expedtion Availiabilty Update

We have a few additional DenaliForaker and mountaineering course  positions positions still open.  If you have previous experience, we invite you to apply for one of our 2014 Alaska Range big mountain expeditions.  Join AMS to climb to the top of North America.  Please contact us with any questions and for more information.
 

Denali, West Buttress, 21 days, 6 climbers, 2 - 3 guides, scheduled, $7,000 USD April 27 - May 17, 2 climber positions availableGuide: Dan Corn
May 5 - May 25, FULL Guide: Patrick Ormond
May 9 - May 29, 2 climber positions available, Guide: Tom Torkelson
May 11 - May 31, 2 climber positions available, NEW: special small person team: 4 climbers, 2 guides, $9,500 USD, Guide: Todd Passey
May 12 - June 1, FULL, Guide: Mark Postle
May 23 - June 12, FULL Guide: Nate Opp  
May 25- June 14, FULL Custom Expedition, Alex Stroud
May 26 - June 15, FULL Guide: Larry Holmgren
May 26 - June 15, FULL Custom Expedition, Guide: Forest Wagner  
May 27 - June 16, FULL Custom Expedition Guide: Mike Janes
June 2 - June 22,   FULL 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 12 - July 2, FULL Guide: Mike Hamill
June 16 - July 6, FULL Guide: Todd Tumolo
June 22 - July 12, FULL Custom Expedition, Guide: Noah Ronczkowski
June 23 - July 13, FULL Custom  Expedition, Guide: Melis Coady
June 24 -July 14, 3 climber positions available, NEW expedition date! Guide:Josh Hoeschen
June 25 - July 15, FULL Guide: Rob Gowler

Foraker, Sultana Ridge, 21 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides, $8200
May 17 - June 6, 1 climber position availableGuide: Melis Coady

Denali, Traverse: West Buttress - Wonder Lake, 25 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides, $ contact AMS       
May 26 - June 19, FULL Guide: Dustin English 


Mt. Hunter, West Ridge,  14 days, 4 climbers: 2 guides, $ custom
May 3 - May 16, FULL Guide: Nate Opp

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Expedtion Availiabilty Update

We have a few additional DenaliForaker and mountaineering course  positions positions still open.  If you have previous experience, we invite you to apply for one of our 2014 Alaska Range big mountain expeditions.  Join AMS to climb to the top of North America.  Please contact us with any questions and for more information.
 

Denali, West Buttress, 21 days, 6 climbers, 2 - 3 guides, scheduled, $7,000 USD April 27 - May 17, 2 climber positions availableGuide: Dan Corn
May 5 - May 25, FULL Guide: Patrick Ormond
May 9 - May 29, 2 climber positions available, Guide: Tom Torkelson
May 11 - May 31, 2 climber positions available, NEW: special small person team: 4 climbers, 2 guides, $9,500 USD, Guide: Todd Passey
May 12 - June 1, FULL, Guide: Mark Postle
May 23 - June 12, FULL Guide: Nate Opp  
May 25- June 14, FULL Custom Expedition, Alex Stroud
May 26 - June 15, FULL Guide: Larry Holmgren
May 26 - June 15, FULL Custom Expedition, Guide: Forest Wagner  
May 27 - June 16, FULL Custom Expedition Guide: Mike Janes
June 2 - June 22,   FULL 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 12 - July 2, FULL Guide: Mike Hamill
June 16 - July 6, FULL Guide: Todd Tumolo
June 22 - July 12, FULL Custom Expedition, Guide: Noah Ronczkowski
June 23 - July 13, FULL Custom  Expedition, Guide: Melis Coady
June 24 -July 14, 3 climber positions available, NEW expedition date! Guide:Josh Hoeschen
June 25 - July 15, FULL Guide: Rob Gowler

Foraker, Sultana Ridge, 21 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides, $8200
May 17 - June 6, 1 climber position availableGuide: Melis Coady

Denali, Traverse: West Buttress - Wonder Lake, 25 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides, $ contact AMS       
May 26 - June 19, FULL Guide: Dustin English 


Mt. Hunter, West Ridge,  14 days, 4 climbers: 2 guides, $ custom
May 3 - May 16, FULL Guide: Nate Opp

Join Us!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Expedition Availability

We had a busy week of Denali and mountaineering course enrollments last week and we have a few expedition positions still open. If you have previous experience, we invite you to apply for one of our 2014 Alaska Range big mountain expeditions.  Join AMS to climb to the top of North America.  Please contact us with any question or for more information.


I couldn’t be more impressed with the skill and professionalism of the AMS guides. They and the AMS clients stood out on the mountain head and shoulders above other services. In difficult circumstances, the Rangers looked to AMS guides first.” –J. Kinniholm, Denali WB

Denali, West Buttress, 21 days, 6 climbers, 2 - 3 guides, scheduled, $7,000 USD April 27 - May 17, 2 climber positions availableGuide: Dan Corn
May 5 - May 25, FULL Guide: Patrick Ormond
May 9 - May 29, 2 climber positions available, Guide: Tom Torkelson
May 11 - May 31, 2 climber positions available, NEW: special small person team: 4 climbers, 2 guides, $9,500 USD, Guide: Todd Passey
May 12 - June 1, FULL, Guide: Mark Postle
May 23 - June 12, FULL Guide: Nate Opp  
May 25- June 14, FULL Custom Expedition, Alex Stroud
May 26 - June 15, FULL Guide: Larry Holmgren
May 26 - June 15, FULL Custom Expedition, Guide: Forest Wagner  
May 27 - June 16, FULL Custom Expedition Guide: Mike Janes
June 2 - June 22,   FULL 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 12 - July 2, FULL Guide: Mike Hamill
June 16 - July 6, FULL Guide: Todd Tumolo
June 22 - July 12, FULL Custom Expedition, Guide: Noah Ronczkowski
June 23 - July 13, FULL Custom  Expedition, Guide: Melis Coady
June 24 -July 14, 3 climber positions available, NEW expedition date! Guide:Josh Hoeschen
June 25 - July 15, FULL Guide: Rob Gowler

Foraker, Sultana Ridge, 21 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides, $8200
May 17 - June 6, 1 climber position availableGuide: Melis Coady

Denali, Traverse: West Buttress - Wonder Lake, 25 days, 4 climbers, 2 guides, $ contact AMS       
May 26 - June 19, FULL Guide: Dustin English 


Mt. Hunter, West Ridge,  14 days, 4 climbers: 2 guides, $ custom
May 3 - May 16, FULL Guide: Nate Opp


March 2014 trip to Ruth Gorge: Mt Dickey, Mt. Barrille and Denali in the background with lenticulars forming.