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 […]

Rob Coppolillo reviews the Falcon Guide’s AMGA Single Pitch Manual

Here is an excerpt from Rob Coppolillo’s review of Falcon Guide’s AMGA Single Pitch Manual. To read the full review, please visit Elevation Outdoor’s website by clicking here. Falcon Guides has just published Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual (click through to purchase it at the American Mountain Guides Association site–it’s cheaper than Amazon […]

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 […]