AMS Denali Updates - May 21, 2024
Alaska Mountaineering School
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2d ago
 AMS Denali Expeditions  DWB #1 (May 9) — Led by Tyler Thompson, Brady McGuire, and Emma Russell took a well-earned rest day after carrying up to the 16k ridge yesterday and caching near Washburn's Thumb. They're tucked into 14k camp, enjoying some tent-time.  Climbers nearing Washburns Thumb on a previous AMS expedition. DWB #2 (May 13) — Led by Keith Sidle, Chad Ray, and Fallon Connolly are enjoying some rest in company with our DWB #1 team! As Keith said, "It is always a party at 14k camp!" A well-built AMS camp from a ..read more
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AMS HQ Updates - May 21, 2024
Alaska Mountaineering School
by Alaska Mountaineering School
2d ago
AMS Headquarters All of our expeditions and courses that were slated to move into the range today will be spending another night here in town after the air taxi called in a weather day.  DWB #3 (May 20)—Led by Nate Emerson and Claire Bicknell finished packing and practiced fixed line ascension today. They had a lovely lunch of cheeseburgers, salad, and AMS's famous homemade hummus.  Claire teaches her Denali team fixed line ascension at the AMS climbing wall. DWB #3 geared up and ready to go. Custom Climb (May 20) — Led by Larry Holmgren and Katy ..read more
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AMS Denali Expedition and HQ Updates
Alaska Mountaineering School
by Alaska Mountaineering School
2d ago
 On the Mountain... AMS Denali Expeditions are making steady progress on the West Buttress route and are taking advantage of another day of nice Alaskan weather. Our guides checked in, and all reported that teams are feeling strong and moving well.  DWB #1 (May 9) - Led by Tyler Thompson, Brady McGuire, and Emma Russell carried to Washburn's Thumb on the 16 ridge today and are back at 14K camp. The team is doing great, and they'll likely be taking a rest day tomorrow.  The view of Sultana from 14 Camp on Denali. From the AMS Archives. DWB #2 (May 13) - Led by Keith S ..read more
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AMS Denali Expedition Updates from the Mountain - May 19 - all is well!
Alaska Mountaineering School
by Alaska Mountaineering School
2d ago
AMS Denali, West Buttress Expeditions are all doing well and moving efficiently and with strength - congratulations to these incredible climbers and their support teams at home - their hard work is paying off!  DWB #1 (May 9)—Led by Tyler Thompson, Brady McGuire, and Emma Russell, this group is at the 14,200 camp. They rested and acclimated today as planned. DWB #2 (May 13)—Keith Sidle, Chad Ray, and Fallon Connolly are at the 11,000-foot camp; they rested and acclimated in camp today, as planned. DWB #3 (May 16): Led by Cody Pitz and Ben Olwell, moved from camp at 7,800 feet to ..read more
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AMS Denali Expedtion Updates- May 18, 2024
Alaska Mountaineering School
by Alaska Mountaineering School
2d ago
AMS Denali Expeditions are making steady progress on the West Buttress route and are taking advantage of today's nice weather. Our guides checking in all report that teams are feeling strong and moving well.  14,200' camp views of very high wind lenticular clouds over Mt. Foraker. DWB #1 (May 9) - Led by Tyler Thompson, Brady McGuire, and Emma Russell The team successfully moved to the 14,200-foot camp today, with clear yet windy conditions on the mountain. This move is always a challenging section of the route for climbers, with its more exposed terrain, increase in altitude ..read more
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Denali Updates- May 17, 2024
Alaska Mountaineering School
by Alaska Mountaineering School
5d ago
  Russell, Guide Cody, Robert, Noah, David and Guide Ben DWB #3- Pitz Has Launched! Cody and Ben are leading a great team. Russell is a former student of ours who took a class that Ben helped instruct last year. It is always awesome for us to watch our students progress and come back to climb Denali, but it feels like a special treat that Ben and Russell will be on Denali together. With Robert, Noah, and David rounding out the team, these guys are sure to have a great time on the mountain! DWB #2- Sidle The update today from Lead Guide Keith may not have been poetic.  But ..read more
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Denali Updates- May 16, 2024
Alaska Mountaineering School
by Alaska Mountaineering School
5d ago
DWB #1- Thompson  This team took a day to rest and acclimatize at 11,000'.  They had originally planned to carry to Windy Corner... but alas, it was too windy!  DWB #2- Sidle This team continues to be super strong and moving well.  They moved to 9,500' today.  It took them only 4 hours, including long breaks.  They have been busy building camp and plan on moving in a single push to 11,000' tomorrow ..read more
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Denali Updates- May 15, 2024
Alaska Mountaineering School
by Alaska Mountaineering School
1w ago
11,200' Camp DWB #1- Thompson Today the group planned to pick up their previously cached supplies at 9,800'.  They are camped securely at 11,000', enjoying a beautiful day on Denali. 7,800' Camp DWB #2- Sidle They made it to 7,800' camp.  They made it in 4 hours- which is really good time! This team is off to a strong start ..read more
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12 Day Mountaineering- Emerson has Returned!
Alaska Mountaineering School
by Alaska Mountaineering School
1w ago
  Everyone was all smiles today as they enjoyed some snacks and unpacked from their gear. The 12-Day Mountaineering Course, led by Nate Emerson, arrived today in blue skies and balmy weather.  They were picked up from the Pika Glacier, after having completed their traverse from the Kahiltna Glacier, where they were initially dropped off.  This was an easy-going crew that really worked well together ..read more
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Mountaineering Course Update from the Field - May 14
Alaska Mountaineering School
by Alaska Mountaineering School
1w ago
 Nate Emerson and the team are enjoying some gorgeous weather! On 5/13, they made a valiant attempt on a nearby peak. They had straightforward navigation through the ice fall to the base of the route but some challenging conditions for anchor building. Overall, it was another great day of learning. This evening, they will enjoy their last night on the glacier, and if the clear weather continues, they will fly back to newly green trees of Talkeetna. Here are some photos of the Pika Glacier area from our archives ..read more
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