Big Year for IFMGA Guides

This year, five guides completed their IFMGA certification, including Andrew Councell and Eric Whewell, who are both from Boulder, Colo., Gary Falk of Ridgeway, Colo., Patrick Ormond of Ouray, Colo., and Jediah Porter of Bishop, Calif. These five join the 89 U.S. guides who have earned full certification in the rock, alpine, and ski guiding […]

Angela Hawse on her 5280 Magazine Interview

5280 Magazine featured Marmot and GORE-TEX® brand athlete Angela Hawse in a May 2013 article entitled, “Risky Business,” about various careers that “might make you love your nine-to-five desk job just a little bit more.” The article focuses on Hawse’s job as a heli-ski guide. Hawse told us in a recent email that she thinks […]

Receiving the 2013 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund

By Lisa Van Sciver I began this year’s guiding season with AMGA’s Rock Instructor Course. This course offered me 10 days of learning and working with others to enhance my guiding skills.The instructors offered a wealth of knowledge and constantly looked for opportunities to give us new skills. During my five years of guiding this […]

2012 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund recipient Lyra Pierroti’s Rock Exam photos

Lyra Pierroti, the 2012 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund recipient, sent us photos from her Rock Exam.

2013 Jim Ratz Scholarship recipient Jediah Porter reflects on his final ski exam

It’s done. Since 2007 I have been pursuing AMGA dreams. The American Mountain Guides Association trains and certifies guides. Just a couple weeks ago I 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 […]

2012 Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship recipient Eric Whewell sent us these photos

Eric Whewell, recipient of the 2012 Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship, sent us these photos from his ski exam.

Paul Koubek on receiving the 2012 Walker Family Foundation Scholarship

In 2012, I was the fortunate recipient of the Walker Family Foundation Scholarship, which made it possible for me to attend the AMGA Rock Guide Course and Aspirant Exam in Red Rocks, Nevada that took place October 2-11, 2012. As a working guide with over 15 years of work experience leading groups in the outdoors […]

On Becoming a Better Guide: 5 reasons to take an AMGA Alpine Course

By Emilie Drinkwater, the 2012 Patagonia Woman’s Scholarship recipient Two winters ago I found myself slightly off-route and desperately run-out on a rime covered rock face not far below the summit of New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington.  I glanced down at my two clients, huddled together while wind and icy sleet pellets blasted them from above. […]

Mountain Hardwear Scholarship recipient Christopher Marshall on the AMGA Ski Guide Course

The 2012 AMGA Ski Guide Course started off with a bang, and by bang, I mean a healthy Cascadian dose of rain, freezing rain, graupel, and fog. Two half-days of technique clinics on the ski area mixed well with an introduction and information sharing of down guiding considerations and techniques. Unfavorable weather conditions and complex […]

Spoiler Alert: I passed my AMGA Rock Guide Aspirant Exam

By Cliff Agocs, the 2012 Marmot Scholarship recipient The pressure was on after receiving the Marmot scholarship. It wasn’t about my money anymore. Now it was about my reputation. If I fail, I reasoned, they’ll never give me another scholarship. I practiced rock-rescue all winter long. My climbing partners grew suspicious every time I suggested […]