Annual Meeting Kudos: Thanks Participants!

We definitely felt like this was the most successful, engaging, and educational Annual Meeting the AMGA has ever held. Apparently many participants felt the same way. Thanks so much to Karsten Delap for capturing some really great photographic moments with our guides, and thanks to our guides for offering feedback. Look for a photo essay […]

Unroped: Finding Meaning in the Meaningless with Andrew Yasso

The fall/winter 2013 GUIDE Bulletin features an Unroped profile of Petzl Scholarship recipient Andrew Yasso. Here, on The Guiding Life blog, we present an extended Q & A with Yasso with material we didn’t have room for in the print article. AMGA: What steps did you take to become a guide? Andrew Yasso: At Central […]

AMGA Business Accreditation: presentation from Annual Meeting

This is the presentation Outreach & Advocacy Director Scott Massey gave at the Round Table Discussion on Access at the 2013 Annual Meeting. Given the development of new supervision and terrain guidelines for Accredited Businesses, the goal was to educate members on what the new guidelines stated, as well as answer any questions. In addition, he […]

Boulder Weekly Publishes Article on High Altitude Symposium

On October 24, the Boulder Weekly published an article on the AMGA and the High Altitude Symposium, which the AMGA facilitated as the opening event of its Annual Meeting. The Symposium was the first of its kind in the world, and received kudos from numerous participants. We are featuring the Symposium in the Mountain Buzz […]

I put a pole in my puffy: how to navigate the Wapta Icefields

By Jesse Williams, UIAGM / AMGA guiding working with Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides LLC One time, at ski camp, I put a pole in my puffy. Doug, Pete, and I were headed late out of the gate on a week-long traverse of the Wapta Icefields in the Canadian Rockies. It had been a long night of […]

GUIDE Bulletin, winter issue

We’re in the throes of finishing up the winter 2013/2014 GUIDE Bulletin. It’s going to be a good one! We’ve fully covered the Annual Meeting in our Mountain Buzz news section, including an overview of the High Altitude Symposium, the awards ceremony, and the round table. We’ll be publishing Scott Massey’s Power Point Presentation in […]

High Altitude Symposium Highlight of AMGA Annual Meeting for Many

At this year’s Annual Meeting, the AMGA took the educational opportunities they offer to guides to the next level by organizing and hosting a one-day seminar on advanced mountain medicine for guides. Called the Advanced Mountain Medicine for Guides, it brought together experts in the medical industry with an audience of professional high altitude and […]

OR Scholarship Recipient Ron Funderburke on His Alpine Guide Course

I left home on June 5th to attend the AMGA Alpine Guides Course. On June 5th, I went to Burke’s graduation (his son), and once I said goodbye, with some sadness, I had to drive to Charlotte to catch my flight.  I caught up with Derek in Chicago, and we flew to Jackson, Wyo., together.  […]

Guide Beta: Pins & Bolts

Illustrations by Tom Hargis With 43 years guiding in the world’s great ranges, Exum Senior Guide and IFMGA/AMGA-certified legend Tom Hargis is also the only American to summit Gasherbrum IV. The 2004 recipient of the AMGA Lifetime Achievement in Guiding Award, Hargis here presents his expertise about fixed protection–how it works and how to evaluate […]

Welcome to the AMGA’s Annual Meeting

By Betsy Winter, AMGA Executive Director Welcome to autumn on the Front Range of Colorado. This is my favorite time of year; the air’s crisp coolness, the lack of moisture, and the eternal sunshine make our fine granite and sandstone crags world-class destinations. Tragically we can’t share most of these assets with our participants this […]