On the Web: Profiles & Q&A’s with AMGA trained/certified guides

We recently combed the Internet to find profiles on AMGA-trained and AMGA-certified guides. We found these links and photos. If you know of other AMGA-trained/certified guides who have had stories written about them, please share them with us by emailing links, stories, photos, and/or videos editor@amga.com. Adrian Ballinger has been living his dream as a […]

Durability is the Key to Success (in mountain guiding & in life)

Kyle lefkoff photo 2

By Kyle Lefkoff “Contestants must be present to collect their prize money” – Peter A. Roshko, Venture Capitalist Peter and I took a ski tour in Zermatt in 2011 with our Swiss partners, Dominik Meyer and Uli Geilinger. Zermatt is the birthplace of mountain guiding, and we were privileged to have as our guide Hermann […]

Mark Kelly Publishes Ski Guidebook to the Rockies

Mark's Kelly's guidebook

AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Mark Kelly released his new ski guidebook, “Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park,” with Giterdun Publishing in November 2013. We recently caught up with Mark to chat about his book and learn more about his guiding life. AMGA: When & why did you start skiing? Mark Kelly: […]

Chris Wright receives Mugs Stump to climb the North Pillar of Teng Kangpoche

Chris Wright Mugs award

Congratulations Chris Wright for receiving the Mugs Stump Award to attempt the North Pillar of Teng Kangpoche (6,487m) in the Kumbu Himal, Nepal! We appreciate him letting us reprint part of his engaging Mugs Stump Award application on The Guiding Life blog. We can see he won not only for the cutting-edge nature of his […]

Calling all Guides! We’re looking for The Guiding Life Blog Submissions

The AMGA wants to hear from you! We launched The Guiding Life Blog in August as an online repository of guide expertise. Our vision is to create a  virtual place to highlight your experiences, show your photos and videos off, to share news about guides and what’s happening in the guiding industry, and to showcase […]

A Note of Appreciation: Millet Scholarship Recipient Tracy Martin

Tracy Martin Mille Scholarship

THANK YOU MILLET for your financial  generosity  in supporting  my journey deeper into the world of rock guiding. It is a fun journey full of learning, believing and little accomplishments that add up to be something pretty amazing. I was introduced  to rock climbing  over 20 years ago and every since then I have been […]

It’s Done: Porter Earns AMGA/IFMGA Certs with Jim Ratz Fund

Jediah Porter Scholarship

It’s done.  Since 2007 I have been pursuing AMGA dreams.  The American Mountain Guides Association trains and certifies guides.  I recently, successfully completed the final Ski Exam.  In doing so, and having already passed similar exams on Rock and Alpine terrain, I have earned full “internationally-recognized” certification. The International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations recognizes […]

Some New Names for AMGA Programs

Over the coming months you will probably notice some slight changes to some of our program names. We have created some new names for some AMGA programs. In the case of the rock discipline we are bringing back the name Advanced Rock Guide Course & Aspirant Exam. And in the ski discipline we are dropping […]

What Stuck Ropes Taught Me About Guiding

View of First Creek Canyon

Derek Debruin received the Mountain Hardwear Scholarship, which paid for his Rock Guide Course/AE I watched the end of the green rope where it dangled a few feet below us.  It moved in steady jolts away from us, heading down the wall, sometimes spasmodically, sometimes slithering.  As it jumped and whipped along the rock, it […]

New Book, “Women Who Dare,” Features 3 AMGA-Certified Guides

Dawn Glanc in Women Who Dare

The latest book to hit the climbing market, “Women Who Dare: North America’s Most Inspiring Women Climbers,” celebrates feminine athleticism, wisdom, and skill. The book, by author and adventure photographer Chris Noble, profiles 20 of America’s most elite climbers, ranging from legends such as Lynn Hill to up-and-coming super stars to some of America’s aspiring […]