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


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