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Wilderness is where we explore the unknown; it’s where we find parts of the world few others have seen. It’s quiet, except for the rush of avalanches wiping clean the slopes of remote mountains or the crashing of massive rockfall tumbling from big alpine walls (hopefully nowhere near us). Wilderness is the sweetness of small […]

Joey Thompson: Doug Parker & Roger Baxter-Jones Memorial Scholarship

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Joey Thompson has guided full time since 2002, the year he took his first AMGA course. In March 2011, he became a licensed mountain guide in the United States. On March 2, 2014, with financial assistance from the AMGA’s Doug Parker & Roger Baxter Jones Memorial Scholarship, he became an American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. He […]

Mountain Hardwear’s Hueco™ 20 Backpack: Simple & Durable

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By Rob Coppolillo, Aspirant Mountain Guide I recently tested Mountain Hardwear’s Hueco™ 20 Backpack, using it as my minimalist daypack on an alpine route in the North Cascades, Wash., and over 15 days of guiding in Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colo. Overview: Mountain Hardwear’s Hueco™ 20 Backpack is simple, light, inexpensive, and durable. It packs […]

Jes Meiris reflects on her record-breaking solo effort on the Nose

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On her 7th time up the Nose (5.9 C2) of El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, 32-year-old Jes Meiris (Assistant Rock Guide) broke the women’s solo speed record, climbing the almost 3000 feet of granite in 27 hours. Meiris started climbing at 8p.m. on June 7th,, blasting the previous five-day female solo record set in 2002. […]

AMGA Wilderness Photo Contest

“Wilderness is the land that is – rare, wild places where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning and significance.” –Wilderness.net Happy 50th Anniversary Wilderness Act! To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we are featuring your photos in the next issue of the GUIDE Bulletin. Please submit […]

Reviewing Camp Chef’s Rainier Camper Combo Stove

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Thanks to Geoff Unger, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, for this review of the Rainier Camper Combo Grill/Griddle/Stove, part of the Camp Chef Mountain Series. Photo of Geoff courtesy of Brian Dolphin. I was excited to receive my Camp Chef Rainier Campers Combo stove and was initially impressed with the interchangeable grill and griddle. Most camp […]

Mountain Athlete develops video training series

Mountain Athlete, a training facility based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., specializes in fitness programs for elite and professional mountain athletes. As part of their partnership with the American Mountain Guides Association, they designed various training programs for our members that focus on helping them prep and be in the best physical shape for their rock, […]

AMGA working with Colorado Outward Bound School

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Outward Bound staff are trained to identify, assess, and approach risk as a learning tool to be managed, but not eliminated, with the goal of providing Outward Bound students with the opportunity to gain insights and perspectives into their own and their group’s capabilities. Subsequently, Outward Bound staff members are expected to have a high […]

A review of the Osprey Rev 12 backpack

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Rob Coppolillo, Aspirant Mountain Guide, recently tested the Osprey Rev 12 backpack while mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing in and around Boulder, Colorado, mostly while training for his alpine exam. He offered the AMGA some feedback on the pack. Coppolillo thought this pack was really solid for all the sport for which he reviewed […]

Mike Hattrup Scholarship Recipient on the Benefits of Mentorship

By Chris Marshall, recipient of the Mike Hattrup Scholarship Throughout my career and progression to become a ski guide, avalanche forecaster, and educator, mentorship has played a crucial role in my development. I find myself seeking out mentors to pick discuss, techniques, and personal experiences, ultimately wishing to identify with, and emulate those that I […]