Alaska Mountaineering School
" Everyone within AMS went out of their way to make sure we had a fun, safe, and successful expedition. I will definitely recommend them to others. "
— Matt Barbour, Denali West Buttress Expedition
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AMS in the News

AMS has been written up in small town newspapers, big city papers, magazines, and journals. We like it because we do not have a marketing budget and rely on word of mouth and getting published. The images in the right hand column are scanned from original copies (click to zoom.) If you really want to read the article, you will have to come over to AMS' office magazine rack. Coffee is free.

NOVA: Deadly Ascent

Colby Coombs and Caitlin Palmer are featured in NOVA's "Deadly Ascent" coverage of a Denali Expedition in which researchers set out to test the body's response to cold. Coombs and Palmer led the expedition. See more about the climb on NOVA's Website »

Featured Articles About AMS

Anchorage Press »
The love of high places: Climbing Denali with Alaska Mountaineering School
By Lisa Maloney
"Mostly we find that it's people who are really busy in their lives and want to increase their odds of success by going with someone who knows the mountain really well. It's the logistics and expertise, having someone that has it in their backyard..."

National Geographic Adventure »
AMS Climber Wins Readers' Choice Award for Adventurer of the Year
By David Roberts
AMS helped wounded Iraq war veteran Marc Hoffmeister lead a team of soldiers, many missing limbs, up the West Buttress on Denali.
"...I figured that if I'm sitting here dealing with this hardship, there must be others doing the same thing..."

Anchorage Daily News »
Kodiak doctor scales another peak — Mount McKinley
By Bradley Zint
Story of an AMS McKinley climb led by guide Melis Coady.
"...It was at this point Alaska weather showed its ugly side: Vainio's group became stranded and stayed put for seven days, with 60 to 80 mph winds and no visibility..."

Frontiersman »
Scholarship Students on an AMS Mountaineering Course
By Will Elliott
"Over dinner in Talkeetna at the trip's end, Jed Workman, our other instructor, told the story of the school's founding... Cast in those terms, I saw our scholarships not as some loophole by which a group of local kids had scored the luxury of a guided mountaineering trip — something too expensive otherwise for any of us to hope for — but a profound and gracious gift for which we would all be long indebted..."

Anchorage Daily News »
Outdoor Ed: Programs introduce students to backcountry
By Sarana Schell
"Back at base camp, they heard two climbers had died on Hunter the day they turned their party around. Then they heard that Scott Fischer, a good friend, had died guiding on Mount Everest. Fischer had asked Coombs to work that trip with him. Guiding as a source of employment was looking grim..."