What it means to be a “pro” skier (GORE-TEX® scholarship recipient report)

By Chris Lundy, GORE-TEX® Scholarship recipient I’ve been a professional skier for nearly 15 years now. Heck, I’ve even been in two films that aired on major television. Unfortunately, I wasn’t sending some Alaskan face. You probably never saw “NOVA Avalanche!” or “Extreme Maintenance: Glacier National Park.” Even if you did (and I actually hope […]

An unofficial guide to AMGA certification

Part 1: Why become a guide and finding a mentor By Danny Uhlmann, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA This is written with the idea in mind of what I wish people would have told me before I started and when I was going, in order to have success through the AMGA Mountain Guide’s program. This advice applies […]

An Overview of the Single Pitch Instructor Course

April 5-7, 2014, Zach Silberman participated in the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course with Fox Mountain Guides. Zach documented much of his experience on the Fox Mountain Guides blog. We’ve reprinted his Day 1 insights and experiences. To read the full article and see a bunch of great photos, click here: Day 1 Today we ventured […]

Director’s Corner: reflecting on guides and the guiding life

This editorial appears in the Spring/Summer GUIDE Bulletin, Issue #3. We have reprinted it here so that you know what’s shortly to come (we go to press later this week), and also so that you can comment on it and also share your stories. We want to hear from you!  By Betsy Winter, AMGA Executive Director Guides share […]

Mount Mills, and a reflection on the Guiding Life

Reprinted with permission from Ryan Huetter’s blog. Victoria’s eyes were as big as dinner plates as I belayed her in. We had just transitioned from short roping to pitching out the steepening terrain as the couloir we were ascending narrowed, and to more securely pass the exposed band of rock bisecting the route which a […]

Tino Villaneuva, the Advanced Ski Guide Exam, & the Five Ten scholarship

Tino Villanueva won the partial tuition Five Ten Randal Grandstaff Memorial scholarship. Over the course of this winter, I spent the months leading up to the Alpine Guide Course heli-ski guiding and preparing for the Advanced Ski Guide Course and Aspirant Exam. I was nervous about my first exam in the AMGA certification process, and spent […]

How Fast? Adidas Terrex Fast R (shoe review)

I am the Advocacy Director for the American Mountain Guides Association, based out of Boulder, Colo. I am also an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, and have guided in various locations in the past ranging from the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado to Red Rock Canyon, outside of Las Vegas, to the Cascades of Washington. […]

Joey Thompson Becomes American Mountain Guide after 10 “tough” years

A news piece on Joey Thompson becoming an American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide appears in GUIDE Bulletin #3, spring/summer 2014. This is the full interview with Thompson. Joey Thompson’s journey to full AMGA/IFMGA certification took a tough ten years. “It was rigorous, demanding, and very expensive,” he told the AMGA in a recent interview. “I sacrificed a lot.” […]

Accreditation-Based Access & Advocacy Discussed @ Bishop Round Table

By Scott Massey Once again, we would like to thank Arc’teryx for their support of the Round Table Discussion tour.  On May 12, AMGA Executive Director Betsy Winter, Outreach & Advocacy Director Scott Massey, and Technical Director Dale Remsberg visited Bishop, Calif., for the second stop of the year.  It was a beautiful spring day […]

AMGA, Mountain Athlete Partner to Promote Mountain-Specific Fitness for Guides

AMGA, Mountain Athlete Partner to Promote Mountain-Specific Fitness for up and coming Mountain Professionals Soon, aspiring guides beginning their guide training through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) will be able to train sport-specifically for their courses. As part of an innovative partnership between the AMGA and Mountain Athlete, AMGA members taking the Ski Guide […]