SPI Course Expectations: For the Prospective Student

By Matt Shove, Certified Rock Instructor I often feel very fortunate to be able to talk to almost every Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course or Assessment candidate over the telephone. Some call it screening, others an interview, but for me, I call it full disclosure. I like it when every prospective SPI program participant knows […]

What’s in a name? A lot when it’s for guide training & certification

By Patrick Ormond, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide Q: How do you know that someone is a guide? A: They’ll tell you. One in a number of (bad) guide jokes, but it’s true, isn’t it? It is a truth we should embrace and actually expand upon when we interact with our guests and the public. The […]

Beacon Overload: Making Sense of Transceiver Multiple-Burial Functions

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Photos, diagrams, & text by Bruce Edgerly “What happens if I press this button over here?” “How come this icon just disappeared for no reason?” “Why do I keep coming back to this victim that I already marked?” If you’re an avalanche instructor, rescue trainer, or just plain old beacon user, you’ve probably been at […]

7 signs that you’re working too hard

Do you run into any of these seven challenges running your business? A mountain guide service faces a few unique situations—mountain aside—that demand extra effort to keep the business on track. If any of these challenges do ring a bell (or an alarm), it might be time for you to give your business a kick […]

Kids & Rock Climbing: How to boost your child’s confidence

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By Adrian Hurst, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor/ Nationally Certified School Psychologist Nature Deficit Disorder! Really? There has been so much great conversation in the press the last several years about the value of kids getting outside more often, and I love the conversations it has sparked. Do I think we need another set of letters […]

Mountain Hardwear’s Hueco™ 20 Backpack: Simple & Durable

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By Rob Coppolillo, Aspirant Mountain Guide I recently tested Mountain Hardwear’s Hueco™ 20 Backpack, using it as my minimalist daypack on an alpine route in the North Cascades, Wash., and over 15 days of guiding in Eldorado Canyon State Park, Colo. Overview: Mountain Hardwear’s Hueco™ 20 Backpack is simple, light, inexpensive, and durable. It packs […]

AMGA Wilderness Photo Contest

“Wilderness is the land that is – rare, wild places where one can retreat from civilization, reconnect with the Earth, and find healing, meaning and significance.” –Wilderness.net Happy 50th Anniversary Wilderness Act! To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we are featuring your photos in the next issue of the GUIDE Bulletin. Please submit […]

Reviewing Camp Chef’s Rainier Camper Combo Stove

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Thanks to Geoff Unger, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, for this review of the Rainier Camper Combo Grill/Griddle/Stove, part of the Camp Chef Mountain Series. Photo of Geoff courtesy of Brian Dolphin. I was excited to receive my Camp Chef Rainier Campers Combo stove and was initially impressed with the interchangeable grill and griddle. Most camp […]

Mountain Athlete develops video training series

Mountain Athlete, a training facility based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., specializes in fitness programs for elite and professional mountain athletes. As part of their partnership with the American Mountain Guides Association, they designed various training programs for our members that focus on helping them prep and be in the best physical shape for their rock, […]

AMGA working with Colorado Outward Bound School

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Outward Bound staff are trained to identify, assess, and approach risk as a learning tool to be managed, but not eliminated, with the goal of providing Outward Bound students with the opportunity to gain insights and perspectives into their own and their group’s capabilities. Subsequently, Outward Bound staff members are expected to have a high […]