Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School
Ric, Janet and Darsie Beck (center), outside the Haines,
Alaska office of the Alaska Mountain School, now called Alaska
Mountain Guides and Climbing School. Darsie is one of the
In May of '99, we took a 5 day mountaineering course from
Darsie and his partner, Sean Gaffney. We did all the work at
the base of Davidson Glacier, the weather being too bad to take
a ski plane further up in the mountains. We had a blast. We
learned a lot and had a bunch of fun. Glacier travel, ice
climbing, rapelling, prusik climbing, etc.
Preparing to load canoes, Davidson Glacier in background.
Janet in canoe approaching Davidson Glacier.
To give you a little perspective, there is a climber on the
ridge below the arrow.
Ric at the entrance to an ice cave at the base of Davidson
Janet and Ric practice ice-climbing.
Janet climbing on Prusik knots in the rain.
View of camp, 3 yellow tents that you can see fairly well
and one green, not so visible.
Sean Gaffney and Darsie Beck in the kitchen tent.
Old fart at rest.