The article, “A Unified Front,” in the GUIDE Bulletin, pg. 28 is Inaccurate

Note: This article appeared page 28, Issue #2 of the GUIDE Bulletin with some major errors due to editorial oversight. I’m sorry for causing any confusion.  The article published below is the corrected version. Please note also that thanks to the generous sponsorship of Arc’teryx, the AMGA will be bringing the Round Table Discussion on […]

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 […]

Friendly Reminder on Permit/Insurance Sharing for Guides and Instructors

This article was written by Ed Crothers in the Mountain Bulletin last year, but still pertains to everyone in the profession. Some key points from the article: If you are guiding and using permits from organizations and/or guide services with which you are not closely familiar, remember to ask for a copy of the permit […]

AMGA Round Table Discussion on Guided Access Goes on the Road

Thanks to the generous involvement and sponsorship of Arc’teryx, we will be bringing the Round Table Discussion on Guided Access to your region. Given the good conversations we’ve had at the Annual Meeting round table, it seemed like a great opportunity to extend that discussion across the country. The exact format will vary, but it […]

Like the AMGA’s Facebook Page & win a sleeping bag

MHW sleeping bag Facebook contest

Help us reach 4200 fans by December 20! The AMGA is running the Great Prize Giveaway Extravaganza starting now. New fans or existing fans who share our Facebook posts with friends will be automatically entered to win a Mountain Hardwear sleeping bag. Visit and “like” our Facebook page by clicking here. What are we giving […]