Friday, August 12, 2016

12 Day Mountaineering Course, Hoeschen: AMS Photos from course!

AMS is proud to have amazing guides that can teach great classes and document it all in stunning photos. Enjoy the photographs below all taken by lead guide Josh Hoeschen of the recent August 12 day mountaineering course that started on the Pika where they worked on technical rigging, rock pro placement, glacier travel, route finding, winter camping, skiing and multi-pitch scrambling. They had rough weather (rain) but were able to climb the Plunger and get lots of travel and crevasse rescue practice in. They decided to transition to the Mat because of poor weather conditions and got lots of ice climbing, rock climbing and more rigging practice in the greater Mat Valley area. Graduates can be expected to have solid glacier travel/navigation skills, winter camping and pro placement skills.

AMS photo by guide Josh Hoeschen of ascending a route called the plunger on the Pika glacier. 

AMS students Sean and Zach atop the "plunger" rock route in the Pika

View from up high in the Pika glacier of a fin off Mt. Foraker in the Alaska Range

AMS student Sean ice climbing at the Matansuka glacier while guide Chelsea belays below.
AMS student Sean practicing crevasse rescue at the Matanuska glacier. 

AMS guide Chelsea teaching anchors to students Zach and Sean

Matanuska glacier beauty 

AMS climbing classes held at the matanuska glacier 

The team returned from the Pika Glacier on Wednesday.  They made the decision to return to Talkeetna a few days early due to heavy rain.  The rain conditions made it difficult to practice skills that AMS Instructors Josh Hoeschen and Chelsea Bomba were teaching.

Yesterday the team departed for the Matanuska Glacier.  As you can see from the picture Josh Hoeschen sent today, they are working on skills. Always good to have a plan B!

Rock Climbing near Chickaloon on en route to the Matanuska glacier. 

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