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 […]

Joshua Cole on Receiving the Walker Family Foundation Scholarship

The AMGA is working to increase the professionalism, safety, and standard of guiding in our country. While the AMGA is succeeding in these aims, the culture of American guiding remains distinctly different from that in Europe and Canada. Many American guides still struggle to make guiding a sustainable profession. By donating toward AMGA scholarships, the […]

G3 Survey Seeks Input from Guides

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Delap Teaches Basic Rescue Training to NPS employees

Karsten Delap recently returned from training National Park Service employees in basic rescue techniques. An AMGA Board member, Delap also serves on the board of the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team. When that organization had an opportunity to send some folks to the National Park Service Basic Technical Rescue Training East, Delap applied to take the […]