Allen & Zimmerman Nominated Finalists for the Piolet dʼOr

Mark Allen Mt. Laurens

AMGA Guide Mark Allen and his partner Graham Zimmerman were recently chosen as finalists from among 76 nominations for the renowned Piolet dʼOr, the most prestigious award in climbing. The winning team will be chosen by March 29, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we sat down with Allen to talk about the ascent that […]

Beginner’s Mind – Disabled Athletes Take Instructor Course

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By Ed Crothers, AMGA Climbing Instructor Program Director “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” -Shunryu Suzuki Paradox (noun): something absurd or contradictory. The quote from Shunryu Suzuki served as the guiding light for an AMGA Climbing Wall Instructor course recently held in conjunction with members of […]

Continuing Education and the CAA Level 2

Angela-Hawse

Editors note: This article was originally printed in the Canadian Avalanche Journal and the The Avalanche Review. It is being reprinted with permission from Angela Hawse. By Angela Hawse, IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide Like winter, education is something I can’t get enough of.  It’s that obsessive, insatiable curiosity you’re familiar with.  Working as a full-time guide, […]

The View: watching guided clients’ awe when they summit

By John T. Young I always scramble ahead of my clients to get to The View before they do. Not because I need to see it first – I’ve seen it many times. What I want is to watch their face as they see Capitol Peak’s Knife Edge for their first time. I want to […]

DYNAFIT North America is named Official Ski Sponsor of the AMGA Instructor Team

DYNAFIT North America is named Official Ski Sponsor of the American Mountain Guides Association Instructor Team Fresh off their exclusive partnership with the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA), DYNAFIT has been named the Official Ski Sponsor of the American Mountain Guides (AMGA) Instructor Team. Joining the AMGA in 2008, DYNAFIT has been a […]

Five Ten is named Official Approach Shoe for the AMGA Instructor Team

Five Ten is named the Official Approach Shoe for the AMGA Instructor Team. In addition to providing two partial tuition scholarships per year, Five Ten became the Official Approach Shoe Sponsor for the AMGA’s Instructor Team in 2014. The company first partnered with the AMGA in 1993. According to AMGA Executive Director Betsy Winter, the […]

Brevard Round Table: AMGA’s marketing to public a big topic

By Scott Massey, Advocacy Director The inaugural AMGA Round Table Discussion took off to a great start early March 2014 in Brevard, NC.  Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Arc’teryx, we are able to bring the discussion on guiding advocacy out to our membership. Quite a wide variety of organizations were represented, including several guide […]

New AMGA Scholarship celebrates Rick Gaukel’s Passion for Splitboarding

New AMGA Scholarship: Friends of Rick Gaukel Everywhere “F.O.R.G.E.” Splitboard Ski Guide Scholarship TO SUPPORT THE SCHOLARSHIP DONATE HERE! Growing up riding the waves in Santa Cruz, California, Rick’s adventures eventually led him to the mountains of Colorado, always on a board: surfboard, skateboard, mountain board, wakeboard, snowboard, splitboard. He was a Certified Single Pitch Instructor […]

A life of skiing leads Erin Smart to the Ski Mountaineering Exam

Erin Smart

Erin Smart received the Chad Vander Ham Memorial Fund The Ski Mountaineering Exam was the culmination of the last several years of my AMGA ski guide training, and the last 25 years of my life growing up as a skier. My education as a skier and a mountain guide has been varied and engaging, and […]

Gear Review – Adidas Terrex Jacket

Our 7th Annual Snowcat Ski Day took place in January and thanks to our gracious partners over at Adidas, everyone received an Adidas Terrex Jacket to use that day. Madeline Morris attended and was kind enough to provide a review on the women’s jacket she used while experiencing the knee deep powder in Vail. Maddy’s […]