Annual Meeting: Arc’teryx-sponsored AMGA Round Table Meeting

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By AMGA Staff (Updated 11/19/2014: For detailed minutes of the event, please check out the PDF link in the last paragraph.) More than 100 people showed up for the 2014 Arc’teryx sponsored AMGA round table, the 2nd night of the Annual Meeting. Unique in the series of round table discussions, guides and aspiring guides had […]

The Adidas Sky Climb Jacket: Made for the Mountains

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American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide Jonathon Spitzer recently tested the Adidas Sky Climb Jacket while guiding multi-pitch rock in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and for personal climbing adventures elsewhere in the Wasatch Mountains, Utah. He found the jacket to be extremely durable, as well as highly water repellent, breathable, and functional for guiding. AMGA: What […]

Pinned: Mark Smiley on Becoming Fully Certified

Mark Smiley becomes an American Mountain Guide

Congratulations Mark Smiley! He took eight years to become an American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, starting spring of 2006 and finishing spring 2014. We asked Smiley a few questions about his journey. AMGA: What was the process like for you? Mark Smiley: It was long and frustrating at times. It feels really good to be finished […]

Annual Board Meeting Highlights-Membership Update, Hess New President

Sunday, November 2, 2014 TO: AMGA Membership FROM: AMGA Leadership RE: AMGA MEMBERSHIP UPDATE – Annual Meeting Conclusion AMGA Membership: The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit that inspires and supports a culture of American mountain craft, concluded its Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 26, 2014. The AMGA is the premier source […]

Art Mooney & Mark Houston Win 2014 AMGA Awards

During our Annual Meeting, at the Main Event, we announced the 2014 recipients for the AMGA Awards. Mark Houston received the Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding Award and Art Mooney received the Outstanding Guide Award. Congratulations to the both of them! Neither could make the event, so they were kind enough to send videos of their […]

How to navigate the wilderness with a lawyer & insurance policy

Don Pachner wilderness insurance presentation

Need to understand insurance provisions in contracts for guiding in the wilderness? Download Don Pachner’s Annual Meeting presentation: AMGA Ins Provisions in Contracts 2014 What you will take away from this class: Recognize and understand the basic insurance requirements found in many contracts, agreements, licenses, and permits; Understand how to negotiate insurance requirements of your contracts, […]

Insuring Foreign Operations of Guides & Guide Services

Don Pachner's Annual Meeting presentation.

For those of you who are interested, you can download Don Pachner’s October 23 presentation during the Annual Meeting: AMGA Insuring Foreign Operations 2014 from These are the take aways from this class: Recognize and understand insurance considerations when guiding outside the U.S. Understand what practices and procedures you need to draft and implement before insuring foreign operations. What […]

Geoff Unger on the Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit

Geoff Unger, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently used the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Charger Kit. He ranked the kit highly in the categories of durability, water repellency, and functionality.

Geoff Unger, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently used the Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Solar Kit over one month while prepping for the Guide Exam and Alpine Guide Course and exam in the North Cascades. He ranked the kit highly in the categories of durability, water repellency, and functionality. AMGA: What makes the Guide 10 […]

Everest Guide Adrian Ballinger to speak at 2014 Annual Meeting

We’ve sold out registrations, and we have more than 200 people attending the Annual Meeting! We can’t wait to see you. Here’s a taste of what’s to come… Adrian Ballinger will be speaking on “Skiing the Himalaya – Type II fun on the world’s tallest peaks.” Ballinger has guided full-time for 15 years and has […]

Marmot Scholarship Advanced Alpine Guide Course/Aspirant Exam

By Brian Smith First of all, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Marmot and the AMGA for their support in offering me a scholarship for this course and aspirant exam. The burdens on guides in our country continue to grow, and your generosity is much appreciated. The physical and mental preparation […]