Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Expedition Availability Update


Happy New Year!














Looking ahead to Alaska Range climbing in 2016!

April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         3 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13      4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16      3 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22       FULL
June 5 - June 26       5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING

Denali Full West Rib,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS REMAINING

Foraker,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS REMAINING

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holiday Greetings and Expedition Availability Update


Happy Holidays from Talkeetna, Alaska!

The AMS office will be closed December 24th, 25th we will reopen on Dec. 28th and be closed again on the 31st and January 1st in observance of the holidays.

From all of us at AMS, thanks for an amazing year, may your days be filled with peace, hope and joy this holiday season.




Denali West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers; 2 - 3 guides


April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         3 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13      4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22       FULL
June 5 - June 26       5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING

Denali Full West Rib,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS REMAINING

Foraker,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS REMAINING

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Expedition Availability


 “AMS amazing and very well organized organization.  Best thing they also take care about the diet for the mountains and brilliant guides and instructors.  Well informative too and well experienced guides.  Would love to have a trip to Denali again next year.”  Saachi Soni 6/2015

Denali West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers; 2 - 3 guides


April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         3 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13      4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16      5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22       FULL
June 5 - June 26       5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING

Denali Full West Rib,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS REMAINING

Foraker,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS REMAINING


Friday, December 11, 2015

Expedition Availability

AMS Guides are among the most respected on the mountain.  The guides actions and interactions with others consistently demonstrate safety, experience and good judgment.  It was a pleasure climbing with AMS and I will definitely return." Robert Leidig June 2105 


Denali West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers; 2 - 3 guides


April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         3 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13      4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16      5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22       3 SPOTS REMAINING
June 5 - June 26       6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING

Denali Full West Rib,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS REMAINING

Foraker,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS REMAINING

Camp set up

Friday, December 4, 2015

Expedition Availability

AMS  and its staff stand for high class mountaineering and guiding.  The Denali expedition couldn’t be better organized.  I highly recommend AMS.!  Thank you all."  Bjoern Luginbuehl, Denali West Buttress  May 2015


Denali West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers; 2 - 3 guides


April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         3 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13      4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16      5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22       3 SPOTS REMAINING
June 5 - June 26       6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING

Denali Full West Rib,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS REMAINING

Foraker,22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS REMAINING

16 Ridge

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Schedule Change

The past few days have been challenging weather wise.  We have gotten about 2 feet of snow and now we have rain.  The office will be closed Thursday as planned and also on Friday, November 27. We hope everyone has a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  We will return to work on Monday November 30.



View of the Yurt
AMS Headquarters

Puma the office cat, has no interest in going outside!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Expedition Availability

Happy Thanksgiving! 

The office will be closed November 26, we will be back in the office Friday, November 27


“ From the moment of signing up for the expeditions, you made us aware that  high altitude mountaineering involves a significant degree of self reliance and respect for the mountain.  Your guides were superb at teaching the group skills that made that possible and should help everyone get to a high level on their alpinist journey.  Thank you for keeping the purity of mountaineering spirit alive.” 

Masha Gordon, Denali West Buttress June 2015

15800' Denali's West Rib, photo by Josh Hoeschen

Denali West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers; 2 - 3 guides

April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         3 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13      4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16      5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22       3 SPOTS REMAINING
June 5 - June 26       6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING


Denali Full West Rib, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS REMAINING

Foraker, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides

April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS REMAINING



Monday, November 16, 2015

Expedition Availability


The full West Rib expedition with AMS was a once in a lifetime experience.  The entire AMS team is well organized and prepared to handle all things Denali.  My two guides (Josh and Kai) were extremely professional with a significant focus on team safety while on a route neither had been on before.   The full expedition  was extremely rewarding  and  the summit was a total bonus.  Highly recommend AMS for any Denali expedition!”

Chris Pagoda, Full West Rib, June 2015

Ridge to 16,3 photo by Josh Hoeschen
Denali West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers; 2 - 3 guides.

April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13      4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16      5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22       3 SPOTS REMAINING
June 5 - June 26       6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING
Denali Full West Rib, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides
June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS REMAINING

Foraker, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides
April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS REMAINING

Friday, November 13, 2015

Reflections on 2015

AMS looks back on 2015 with fond memories of quality time spent in Alaska's wilderness. While most of our expeditions were in Denali National Park, we also ventured into the Talkeetna Mountains, Chugach, Brooks Range, and a few Arctic villages. We summited South America's highest peak with a group of combat wounded special forces.
In total, AMS ran 20 mountaineering courses, 8 skills workshops, 17 Denali (Mt. McKinley) climbs, 4 highly technical climbs, and Aconcagua. All our guided expeditions were successful.  Most members reached the summit.  For those that didn’t, they came home with a true sense of accomplishment from role modeling excellence in mountaineering and giving it their best. In addition to mountaineering, AMS led a 24 day backpacking trip with high school students, a 3-day Medical Protocols Review for guides, and 24 separate mostly film-related trips into Alaska's Arctic.    

AMS is fortunate to have un-rivaled institutional memory when it comes to climbing Denali. 43 years! Starting in 1973 when Brian Okonek and Roger Robinson climbed the West Buttress to this season when current owner, Colby Coombs celebrated his 30th year guiding Denali with a blind climber, there are no comparisons. 

We hope you agree.



Friday, November 6, 2015

Expedition Availability


 “AMS turned out as a real professional organization, with top guides and office staff.  Tour briefing and debriefing both in a family-like atmosphere!  I am happy to have chosen AMS!  Highly recommendable!” 
Christoph Steiger, Denali WB 5/15

Denali West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers; 2 - 3 guides.

April 29 - May 20   6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26       6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29       6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1        4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8       6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13     4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16     5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22      5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 5 - June 26      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING
Denali Full West Rib, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides
June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS REMAINING

Foraker, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers; 2 guides
April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS REMAINING


Tent set up

Friday, October 30, 2015

Quote of the Week!

“With over 10 years in the search and rescue community, AMS provided by far the most knowledgeable and professional instructors I’ve had the chance to work with.”
 Lt. Jon McKenzie, USAF, 12/2015

We are always happy to help train our Military.  These photos are from a military training winter mountaineering course we taught last December near Valdez for a Pararescue team and it was a great training opportunity for all.




Ice Climbing

Traveling 

Evacuating Patients

Expedition Availability

 “ AMS should be considered the Denali Guide Service.  The Talkeetna location, excellent guides, and long running Denali history set AMS ahead of the rest.”   - J. Toland, Denali WB,  5/11/2015


We hope to see YOU in the spring!  Start your training now for your Denali expedtion with AMS.

Denali, West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers, 2 - 3 guides.

April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8       6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13     4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16     5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 5 - June 26      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING
Denali, Full West Rib, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers, 2 guides
June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS  REMAINING

Foraker, Sultana Ridge 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers, 2 guides
April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS REMAINING
16 Ridge photo by AMS Guide, Josh Hoeschen

Monday, October 26, 2015

Expedition Availability

We hope to see you in the spring!

Denali West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers, 2 - 3 guides.

April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8       6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13     4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16     5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 5 - June 26      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING
Denali Full West Rib, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers, 2 guides
June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS

Foraker, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers, 2 guides
April 24 - May 14   3 SPOTS




Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Annual AMS Used Gear Sale Scheduled!




AMS's Annual Used Gear Sale
 Saturday October 31st
9am- 3pm
at the AMS Mountain Shop
22131 S F Street




Friday, October 16, 2015

Denali Availability

We hope you enjoyed the great video that AMS office staff, Amanda Erickson posted this week!  Hopefully, you are thinking about climbing with AMS.

Denali West Buttress, 22 Days, $7500, with 6 climbers, 2 - 3 guides.

April 29 - May 20    6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 5 - May 26        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 8 - May 29        6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 11 - June 1         5 SPOTS REMAINING
May 18 - June 8       6 SPOTS REMAINING
May 22 - June 13     4 SPOTS REMAINING
May 25 - June 16     5 SPOTS REMAINING
June 1 - June 22      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 5 - June 26      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 8 - June 29      4 SPOTS REMAINING
June 12 - July 3        2 SPOTS REMAINING
June 15 - July 6         FULL
June 25 - July 16      6 SPOTS REMAINING
June 27 - July 18      6 SPOTS REMAINING
July 29 - July 20      6 SPOTS REMAINING

Denali Full West Rib, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers, 2 guides

June 2 - June 24    4 SPOTS

Foraker, 22 Days, $8700 with 4 climbers, 2 guides

April 24 - May 14   4 SPOTS

Tent set up in a storm, Kahiltna Glacier


phone: 907-733-1016

Post Office Box 566
13765 East Third Street 
Talkeetna, AK 99676 USA

Sign up by clicking this link: AMS Application

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Denali Experience with AMS, the local experts.

video
For more info contact us!

phone: 907-733-1016

Post Office Box 566
13765 East Third Street 
Talkeetna, AK 99676 USA

Sign up by clicking this link: AMS Application