Alaska Mountaineering School
" Given the weather window, our guides put us on the summit perfectly. It would not have been possible without them. "
— Fred McGuinness, Denali West Rib
" 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

AMS Mountain Shop

AMS opened the Mountain Shop in 2006 to serve all the climbers and adventure travelers who come through Talkeetna. It also supports AMS programs with discounts for current participants. Having adequate or better gear is paramount to success on remote, self-sufficient expeditions. AMS needs it and so does everyone else going into the backcountry from Talkeetna. You could show up in sandals and leave for Denali set up nicely, including group gear like tent, stove, sled, and shovel. The Mountain Shop keeps its prices the same as everyone else and offers discounts to AMS participants, the military, and local area residents.

Equipment and Books

Currently for sale via phone/mail/email from the AMS office and the Mountain Shop:

Most popular Books

"Glacier Mountaineering, An Illustrated Guide to Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel"
by Andy Tyson, Illustrator: Mike Clelland
An AMS favorite! Andy and Mike sent AMS the draft to edit months before it was published and it is chocked full of they way we like to manage crevasse fall hazard. Glacier Mountaineering provides mountaineers with the knowledge and skills needed to travel safely and self-sufficiently in glacial terrain. Detailed illustrations and clear descriptions will guide you systematically through glacier anatomy, equipment, route finding and rescue techniques. A favorite text for our programs, Glacier Mountaineering is an invaluable introduction to this complicated subject and an excellent reference for beginners and experienced mountaineers alike.
     Paperback: 140 pgs $16.95 plus shipping via USPS.

"Denali's West Buttress, A Climbing Guide" by Colby Coombs
"Alaska: A Climbing Guide" by Michael Wood and Colby Coombs
What can we say? We think it's the quintessential guide to the route. The author Colby Coombs is the director of AMS and has a wealth of experience. The book contributes some excellent chapters of information. Colby just finished making edits for the latest edition.
     Paperback: 144 pages, $16.95 plus shipping via USPS.

We can help you find nearly any mountain skills book. Just let us know what you are looking for, and most likely we can help or we have it in stock.

AMS Gear

AMS Hats and Visors: Lots of colors to choose from.
     $12.00 each plus shipping via USPS.

AMS T-shirts: $17 each plus shipping via USPS.

Mugs: Both sizes are foam insulated Thermoserv brand with lid and AMS logo, perfect for: car, camping, and cold weather trips.
     12 oz Gray $5.00 plus shipping via USPS.
     32 oz Black $6.50 plus shipping via USPS.

Water bottles: Soft opaque Nalgene (#2 plastic = healthier for you) with orange lettering and AMS Mountain Shop logo, different color lids: pink, yellow, blue, green, red, black.
     32 oz $10.00 plus shipping via USPS.

Books: "Glacier Mountaineering: An Illustrated Guide to Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue" by Andy Tyson and Mike Clelland, published by Climbing Magazine, 2004.
     $16.95 plus shipping via  USPS.

Round AMS stickers: free! We will send you one with any purchase, or contact us, and we will send some to you.

Climbing and Expedition Gear: As much as we would love to, we are not able to do mail order items besides books, mugs and t-shirts. We sell quality equipment from brand names like Black Diamond, Forty Below, Julbo, Mountain Hardwear, MSR, Outdoor Research, Patagonia, Petzel, Primus, SuperFeet, and many more!

When you are in Talkeetna and need gear, we will have it!

AMS Mountain Shop phone: 1-907-354-1233
AMS Headquarters phone: 1-907-733-1016
AMS Headquarters fax: 1-907-733-1362
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