UPDATE: September 29, 2016
Denali is one of America's greatest mountains, and we appreciate all your emails and obvious interest in climbing Denali with IMG Denali. As we announced earlier, IMG Denali was one of the guide services to recently have been awarded a 10 year contract to guide Denali. The Park, however, has determined their 'request for proposal' process was flawed and has decided to redo the entire process. That means we will not be guiding on Denali this spring. IMG Denali intends to submit a response when the Park releases a new prospectus and are confident we will again be selected as one of the preferred guide services and again be awarded a contract to guide on 'The Great One'. The soonest that could happen now appears to be 2018. Our biggest regret is that our climbers won't have the opportunity to climb with IMG Denali guides on Denali for at least another season.
Despite this delay in permitting IMG is committed to preparing our climbers for whatever dream they wish to pursue. We encourage climbers interested in Denali to attend one of our Denali Seminars on Mt. Rainier.
Mt. Rainier is THE best place to train for any big mountain expedition. Not only do we run our courses in the best training grounds in the world, but we staff them with guides who work the greater ranges worldwide and year round, not just seasonally in Alaska. Denali Seminars focus on training climbers in all aspects of high altitude, cold weather climbing. We offer specific training in avalanche hazard evaluation, expedition camp life, hauling sleds, ascending and descending fixed ropes and group crevasse rescue. Our guides have been there and done it repeatedly, they are experts who are at the forefront of instructing these skills.
To top off the world class training, we provide bunk space on site at IMG headquarters for any nights spent in Ashford during the program and we provide breakfasts and dinners for all days spent on the mountain. IMG transports the team from Ashford to Paradise and back in our environmentally friendly propane powered vans. An incredible value for aspiring expedition climbers and training that is simply too good to pass up.Initial Announcement
It is with great excitement and pride that IMG Denali, LLC announces having been awarded a 10 year contract by the National Park Service to guide on Denali.
IMG Denali, LLC is a new company formed in 2014 by International Mountain Guides, LLC and our long-time friend, past climbing partner and guide, Dr. Daniel Mann. Dan lives in Fairbanks and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Alaska and a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska. We have known Dan since the 1970's and have guided with him on Rainier, Denali and Everest. In addition to his many climbs around the world, Dan's expertise in environmental science will further strengthen IMG's commitment to mountain conservation and education.
International Mountain Guides, LLC partners Paul Baugher, George Dunn, Phil Ershler and Eric Simonson look forward to working with Dan Mann and bringing our combined skills and experience to the challenge of guiding on Denali and in Denali National Park.