Congratulations to all the AMGA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2014 AMGA Scholarship Recipients, listed below. Stay tuned for a more extensive blog article exploring the best ways to apply for scholarships, advice from our new recipients, and more about the process of applying. Arc’teryx Scholarship Nina Hance – Ski Guide Course Black Diamond Scholarship Karen Bockel – Advanced Alpine Guide Course/AE […]

New Member Special: $50 AMGA memberships, plus gift!

From now through the month of May, we are offering all new members $50 memberships. Take advantage of this new member special and get $25 off our standard membership fee, plus choose a gift of either an AMGA polar bottle or an AMGA t-shirt. Why join the American Mountain Guides Association? Your support is instrumental […]

Wrapping up Issue #3 (Spring/Summer) of the Guide Bulletin

We’re just a few weeks away from wrapping up the next issue of the GUIDE Bulletin! This issue’s theme is The Guiding Life (yes, the name of our blog). Our authors discuss their paths to guiding, what the guiding life is like, and much more. Watch out for some seriously awesome articles, including: A photo […]

An Icelander’s Path to AMGA Certification

Icelander Einar Ísfeld Steinarsson first started considering IFMGA certification in 2002. But at that time Iceland was not a member country of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association. However, as part of a mountain and para-rescue team, where he trained with the U.S. Marines in winter survival in the Icelandic interior, Greenland, and the United […]

Backcountry.com Helps Guides Get With the Times

What’s the difference between the guides, instructors, and local experts on Detour? A recent article on www.mountainonline.com called, “Guides Get With the Times,” talks about just that in it’s article about Detour, a new online marketplace created by Backcountry.com that connects guides/aspiring guides with clients. Featuring former AMGA Program Director, Henry Beyer, as well as AMGA-IFMGA […]

Smith Optics New ChromaPop Polarized Lenses Brighten the World

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By Jeff Ward, American Mountain Guide (AMGA/IFMGA),  AMGA Instructor Team Member, & Owner North Cascades Mountain Guides The latest pair of sunglasses Smith Optics sent me came with the new ChromaPop Polarized Grey/Green lens.  I’m not sure what exactly is behind this new lens technology, but it works (read Adventure Journal’s review by clicking here […]

Allen & Zimmerman narrowly miss coveted Piolet d’Or award.

By AMGA staff AMGA Guide Mark Allen and his partner Graham Zimmerman were on the short list for the Piolet d’ Or Award for their 2013 ascent of the Northeast Buttress (1400m, V AI4 M7 A1) of Mount Laurens (3,052m) in the Alaska Range. Though they didn’t win, they were really pleased just to be nominated, Allen […]

Allen & Zimmerman Nominated Finalists for the Piolet dʼOr

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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

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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, […]