AMS Mountaineering and Packrafting course led by Todd Tumolo and Michael Hutchins departed this afternoon via glacier landing air taxi to the Pika glacier for one big adventure! Todd and Michael are well-versed in the terrain and skills they need to accomplish the goal.
They spent today and yesterday teaching mountaineering skills and the students practicing paddling in a packraft before setting out to challenge themselves in the Alaska Wilderness. They will start out on snow; winter camping and rock climbing in the Alaska Range. The group will proceed to go up and over a pass out of the Pika glacier, cross rocky moraine, hike in lush and flower dotted tundra, bushwhack down to the Tokositna river which connects to the Chulitna river and float back to Talkeetna. Go team go!
|AMS rockstar crew: L guide Michael Hutchins, Anthony Graves-McCleary, guide Todd Tumolo, Kenji Uemura, Ryan Perez, Emily Hren, Adam White, Scott Fritz.|
|AMS team practicing packrafting skills at a local slough that leads to the Talkeetna River.|
|Glorious day to be packrafting the Talkeetna River|
|AMS headquarters packraft shakedown. Leaders Todd Tumolo and Michael Hutchins out front, with Emily following.|