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 […]

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 […]

Ski season is upon us: get your ski skills ready for your courses & exams

Most of the ski resorts are now open in Colorado, so it is official – it is time to ski. For those of you who are interested in becoming an AMGA Ski Guide that means you can begin preparing yourself for an upcoming course or exam. Here are a couple of tools that might help. […]

AMGA Mentioned in Wall Street Journal

“If you thought the 14th hole was pretty that time a rainbow settled onto the green, wait until you get up at 2 a.m., climb into a sky with more stars than you’ve ever seen, and watch a “snowbow” form over the Emmons Glacier at 12,000 feet as the ice crunches under your boots. Such […]

Karsten Delap Video: Footage of the Alpine Exam, North Cascades

Karsten Delap was recently awarded the The Doug Parker and Roger Baxter-Jones Memorial Scholarship, which paid for his nine-day Alpine Exam in Cascade National Park. The exam saw poor weather, but with good planning they were able to get the exam done. In this video, Delap shows some beautiful footage of the landscape in which […]

Reflections on Recent CIP Provider Trainings

Ed Crothers, CIP Director President Woodrow Wilson, a renowned orator and speechwriter, was once asked how long it takes him to write and prepare for a speech. He quipped, “…if you would like me to speak for 15 minutes, I will need 2 weeks; for 30 minutes, 1 week; for 1 hour, 1 day; for […]

Rob Coppolillo on the Steps to Becoming a Fully Certified Guide

In this Elevation Outdoors article, climber/writer Rob Coppolillo talks about the guiding life and the steps one needs to take to become a guide. Coppolillo is close to becoming a full certified guide. He has finished all his AMGA courses, and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) recognizes him as an “aspirant guide” […]