Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Safety Consulting 8/30, Coombs

AMS is happy to provide safety consulting for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation with the native communities murre egg cliff collections crew in Point Hope, Alaska.  AMS guides Colby Coombs and Blaine Smith are happy to be visiting Point Hope.

Point Hope photo by Colby Coombs

Common murres breed in colonies at high densities. Nesting pairs may be in bodily contact with their neighbours. They make no nest; their single egg is incubated on a bare rock ledge on a cliff face. Eggs hatch after ~30 days incubation. The chick is born downy and can regulate its body temperature after 10 days. Some 20 days (

Murre egg

Murres on cliff

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Custom Backpacking, 8/27-8/29 RETURNS!

AMS guide Simon, Sam, and Jake Greenburg
AMS custom backpacking led by Simon has returned after a fantastic 3 days in the Northern Talkeetnas with epic views of the Alaska Range, which includes Denali. The blueberries were ripe for eating and a good time was had by all. Thank-you to Simon Frez-Albrecht for the stunning photos. 

12 Day Mountaineering Course 8/16, Bomba RETURNS!

AMS instructors Chelsea Bomba and Sammie Ellsworth have returned to Talkeetna on Sunday the 27th with a great team of students from the Scandinavian Peaks in the Chugach mountains. Despite some tough conditions, this group covered some miles and practiced lots of great skills, all while keeping a positive attitude. There are many times in mountaineering where the conditions do not cooperate. Learning good decision making, route finding, and positive mental fortitude is key. 

Special thanks to Chelsea Bomba for these great photos: 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

12 Day Mountaineering Course 8/16, Bomba

The AMS 12 day Mountaineering Course led by Instructors Chelsea Bomba and Sammie Ellsworth 

have checked in and report the group is having a good time. They traveled back into the Scandinavian peaks that 

is near the Matanuska Glacier. They have found some good snow to camp on and are going to attempt Finland 

Peak soon, which rises up 8,947 feet. Although this is not the Alaska Range, it is still a beautiful area of 


AMS photo collection of the Scandinavian Peaks

Thursday, August 17, 2017

12 Day Mountaineering Course 8/16, Bomba

The AMS 12 day Mountaineering Course let by Instructors Chelsea Bomba and Sammie Ellsworth are learning an important rule, have a plan B.  Weather prevented this team from flying into the Alaska Range.  They departed for the Scandinavian Peaks today.  We look forward to hearing from the instructors about their adventure.

Instructor Chelsea teaching fixed line ascension

 Instructor Sammie encourages students on fixed lines

Instructor Chelsea explains how to read weather maps 

Ryan, Iain, Stephanie, Deb,
Instructors Sammie Ellsworth, Chelsea Bomba

Student climbing at Scandinavian Peaks