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Tech tips by Alaska Mountain Guides


Since 1992 Alaska Mountain Guides (AMG) has been one of the premier adventure guide services in Alaska and around the globe. Programs include: climbing, trekking, skiing, and sea kayaking adventures as well as outdoor leadership and technical skills courses for university credit. Join them for a climb of Aconcagua or Kilimanjaro, a kayak trip in Baja or Glacier Bay National Park, or an accredited semester of Wilderness Education in Nepal, Mexico or Alaska.

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Kelty tech tips are provided by Alaska Mountain Guides (AMG)

Good decision-making leads to safe and fun

Whether hauling loads to the mini van or on your back up Denali, it makes sense to be as efficient as possible. Making smart choices on the gear you take, and utilizing each piece of equipment for as many uses as possible, is critical and in the end is part of overall good risk management. In this article we will discuss some guiding tips and practices that contribute to positive outdoor adventures.

At Alaska Mountain Guides we have spent almost two decades refining our techniques to cut weight and to make each piece of equipment as multi-functional as possible. This is one of the reasons we use Kelty Gear. On our recent fundraising climb of Aconcagua with the Canadian Heart Association, our guides utilized the Kelty Cloud Pack, the lightest expedition pack on the market. Every ounce is critical on a 23,000 ft mountain. We also utilized the light, but strong Kelty Orb 3 & 2 tents for this expedition. These tents handle the high winds and demanding conditions found at altitude and the double vestibule designs allows us to use them as cooking shelters forgoing the need for an extra cook tent. Kelty tents are the only ones we use for our expeditions and courses!

The most important aspect of any trip is safety and to this end we always carry the gear we need to be prepared. However, as fun is also a critical part of the equation, we don’t want to be buried under a mountain of gear. What to take and what to leave is knowledge that only comes from experience.

Here are a few tips from the AMG guide manual that lighten our load, but keep us prepared.


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