Alaska Mountaineering School
" AMS has their act together — extremely knowledgeable and flexible. 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

Reading List

The following list of recommended reading materials will enhance your experience at AMS. Many of these titles are available at the AMS Mountain Shop and can be mailed to you. Please contact us if you would like us to mail you a copy or are interested in a signed copy of one of Colby Coombs' books.

Highly Recommended for Expeditions

"Denali's West Buttress: a Climbers Guide," Colby Coombs: The Mountaineers, 1997
"Minus 148," Art Davidson: Cloudcap, 1969, 1986
"Going Higher," Charles Houston MD: The Mountaineers, 1998, 2005
"Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book," Allen O'Bannon & Mike Clelland: Chockstone Press, 1996
"Glacier Mountaineering," Andy Tyson & Mike Clelland: Climbing Magazine, 2004
"Mount McKinley, The Conquest of Denali," Bradford Washburn & David Roberts: Harry N. Abrahams, Inc, 1991
"Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Other Cold Injuries," J. Wilkerson, B. Cameron, & J. Hayward: The Mountaineers, 1986

Highly Recommended for Mountaineering Courses

"Going Higher," Charles Houston MD: The Mountaineers, 1998, 2005
"Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book," Allen O'Bannon & Mike Clelland: Chockstone Press, 1996
"Glacier Mountaineering," Andy Tyson & Mike Clelland: Climbing Magazine, 2004
"Hypothermia, Frostbite, and Other Cold Injuries," J. Wilkerson, B. Cameron, & J. Hayward: The Mountaineers, 1986

Recommended for All Alaska Range Programs

"Mount McKinley, Icy Crown of North America": by Fred Beckey: The Mountaineers, 1993, 1999
"The Geology of Denali National Park": by Michael Collier: Alaska Natural History Association, 1989
"Snow Sense, A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard": by Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler: Alaska Mountain Safety Center, 1994
"Freedom of the Hills": The Mountaineers, latest edition
"Outdoor Leadership": by John Graham: The Mountaineers, 1997
"Mountain Sickness": by Peter Hackett: American Alpine Club Press, 1980
"Glaciers": by Michael Hambrey & Jurg Alean: Cambridge University Press, 1992, 2004
"The Avalanche Handbook": by David McClung & Peter Schaerer: The Mountaineers, 1993, 2006
"Medicine for Mountaineering": The Mountaineers, latest edition
"Mt. McKinley, The Pioneer Climbs": by Terris Moore: The Mountaineers, 1967, 81,88,93, 2000
"NOLS Cookery": by Claudia Pearson: Stackpole Books, 1991, 2004
"NOLS Wilderness Mountaineering": by Phil Powers: Stackpole Books, latest edition
"Knots for Climbers": by Duane Raleigh & Mike Clelland: Stackpole Books, 1998
"Mt. McKinley, Climbers Handbook": by Glenn Randall: Chockstone Press, 1992
"The Long Walk": by Slavomir Rawicz: The Lyons Press, 1956,84,97, 2006
"Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue": by Andy Selters: The Mountaineers, 1990
"Denali, A Literary Anthology": by Bill Sherwonit: The Mountaineers, 2000
"The Ascent of Denali": by Hudson Stuck: Wolfe Publishing Co. Inc., 1988
"Extreme Alpinism": by Mark Twight & Don Graydon: The Mountaineers, 1999
"Mount McKinley: The West Buttress": by Bradford Washburn: American Alpine Club Journal, 1952
"Minus 148": by Art Davidson: Cloudcap, 1969, 1986
"Medicine For The Backcountry": by Buck Tilton & Frank Hubbell: ICS Books, Inc., 1995
"Extreme Alpinism": by Mark Twight & Don Graydon: The Mountaineers, 1999
"High Alaska: A Historical Guide to Denali, Mt. Foraker, and Mt. Hunter": by Jonathan Waterman: AAC Press, 1988
"Surviving Denali: A Study of Accidents on Mount McKinley: 1903-1990": by Jonathan Waterman: AAC Press, latest edition
"Alaska, A Climbing Guide": by Mike Wood & Colby Coombs: The Mountaineers, 2001

Recommended for Wilderness Courses

Alaska Geographic Society, "Native Cultures in Alaska," Vol. 23, No. 2, 1996.
Armstrong, R., Alaska's Birds, Alaska Northwest Books, 2000.
Collier, M., The Geology of Denali National Park, Alaska Natural History Association, 1989.
Connor, C., O'Haire, D., Roadside Geology of Alaska, Mountain Press Publishing Company, 1988.
DuFresne, J., Alaska-A Travel Survival Kit, Lonely Planet, 1994.
Ewing, S., The Great Alaska Nature Factbook, Alaska Northwest Books, 1996.
Fleming, J., Staying Found, the Complete Map and Compass Handbook, The Mountaineers Books, 2000.
Graham, J., Outdoor Leadership, The Mountaineers Books, 1997.
Hambrey, M. and Alean, J., Glaciers, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Langdom, S., The Native People of Alaska, Greatland Graphics, 2002.
Naske, C., Slotnick, H., Alaska, A History of the 49th State, University of Oklahoma Press, 1987.
Parker, H., Alaska's Mushroom's, Alaska Northwest Books, 1996.
Pearson, C., NOLS Cookery, Stackpole Books, 1991.
Pratt, F. and V., Wildflowers of Denali National Park, Alaskacrafts, 1993.
Ritter, H., Alaska's History, The People, Land, and Events of the North Country, Alaska Northwest Books, 2000.
Schofield, J., Alaska Wild Plants, A Guide to Alaska's Edible Harvest, Alaska Northwest Books, 1993.
Sherwonit, B., Denali, A Literary History, The Mountaineers Books, 2000
Smith, D., Walker, T., Alaska's Mammals, Alaska Northwest Books, 1995.
Smith, D., Backcountry Bear Basics, The Mountaineers Books, 1997.
Stall, C., Animal Tracks of Alaska, The Mountaineers Books, 1993.
Tilton, B., and Hubbell, F., Medicine for The Backcountry, ICS Books, Inc., 1995.
Zwinger, A., Willard, B., Land Above the Trees, University of Arizona Press, 1972.