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Alaska Mountaineering Presentations (AMP)

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I've been working on this pet project of mine for six months. Finally it's coming together.

 

AMP (Alaska Mountaineering Presentations) is a series of slideshows and lectures from some of Alaska's most prolific climbers. From alpine and altitude, to big wall and ice, I've gathered a group of guys with one common goal, but different ways of getting to it.

 

AMP will be held in Mid November - Mid December.

November 11th - Joe Stock

November 18th - (PENDING)

December 2nd - Charlie Sassara

December 9th - Joe Puryear

December 16th - Dave Johnston

 

Joe Stock - Recently completed the first ever Anchorage to Valdez traverse (AKA The Crusher Traverse) on skis. 17 days, 175 miles. Featured in the latest Backcountry magazine, he and Andrew Wexler spent 17 days in the Chugach (with at least four of those pinned down at the toes of Marcus Baker).

Joe also guides for Alpine Ascents on Denali and has climbed and skied extensively in North and South America, New Zealand, Australia and Southeast Asia.

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Charlie Sassara - First winter summit of the West Rib, Denali. Endless first ascents, unrepeated ascents, and solos in the Chugach.

Awarded the coveted David A. Sowles award for his dramatic rescue of partner Jack Tackle, which involved 12 rappels with little gear and an ever shortening rope on 14,000 Mount Augusta in Kluane National Park.

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Joe Puryear - Joe Puryear has climbed over 30 peaks in the Alaska Range and is the author of an upcoming new guide book to the Central Alaska Range to be released this spring. He will be talking about his latest new route on Kichatna Spire - The Black Crystal Arête, as well as some of his favorite alpine adventures including the Infinite Spur on Mt. Foraker and his 15-hour speed ascent of the Cobra Pillar on Mt. Barrill in the Ruth Gorge. Also, he'll be giving an overview of some of the more moderate technical classics to get you psyched for the upcoming Alaskan season.

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Check out his website: CascadeImages.com

 

Dave Johnston - First winter ascent of Denali. First ascent of Foraker's Sultana Ridge, second winter ascent of Foraker. First person to complete the 50 summits in the winter. Dave has also completed the 50 summits in the summer.

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AMP will be held on Friday nights at 7:30 at the UAA Campus.

The lectures will be in room 101 of the Business Education Building (BEB). The room is a lecture hall which accomidates roughly 200 people and has professional lighting, sound, and projectors.

 

MAP

 

These lectures are free to the public and there is no parking fee. Donations will be accepted to benefit the club as well as Challenge Alaska, a non-profit organization which provides outdoor recreation opportunities such as rafting, skiing, snowmachining, etc to those with disabilities.

 

For more information, go to AlaskaOutdoorClub.com.

 

More information coming soon.

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That is a great line up that you have assembled. Good work. Now if you can only get them to fly to Seattle...

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Joe Stock's slideshow last night was awesome. He had an endless set of astonishing photos, all of which were of stuff that is less than a few hours skiing or hiking from Anchorage. The first slideshow brought in $45 dollars for Challenge Alaska and 55 people attended.

 

Lots of buzz in the climbing community up here about these shows, i'm sure the next ones will be even bigger and will raise lots more money for the organization.

 

If any Alaskans read this, come out and see the next show on the 2nd, Charlie Sassara.

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Holy crap, a BIG BIG BIG thanks to Joe Puryear for flying his ass all the way up here for the slideshow. He really had some incredible photos and route information. If you ever get a chance to hear some of his stories or see his photos, you're lucky.

 

His new AK Range book sounds sweet as hell, can't wait to pick up a copy for myself.

 

THanks a lot Joe! Seriously impressive man!

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Dave Johnston tomorrow. Sounds like its going to be a packed house. The grand finale should indeed be grand.

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