New AMGA Scholarship celebrates Rick Gaukel’s Passion for Splitboarding

New AMGA Scholarship: Friends of Rick Gaukel Everywhere “F.O.R.G.E.” Splitboard Ski Guide Scholarship TO SUPPORT THE SCHOLARSHIP DONATE HERE! Growing up riding the waves in Santa Cruz, California, Rick’s adventures eventually led him to the mountains of Colorado, always on a board: surfboard, skateboard, mountain board, wakeboard, snowboard, splitboard. He was a Certified Single Pitch Instructor […]

A life of skiing leads Erin Smart to the Ski Mountaineering Exam

Erin Smart

Erin Smart received the Chad Vander Ham Memorial Fund The Ski Mountaineering Exam was the culmination of the last several years of my AMGA ski guide training, and the last 25 years of my life growing up as a skier. My education as a skier and a mountain guide has been varied and engaging, and […]

Lisa Van Sciver reflects on her scholarship-funded Rock Instructor Course

Lisa Van Sciver

Lisa Van Sciver received the 2013 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund, which paid for her Rock Instructor Course I began this year’s guiding season with AMGA’s Rock Instructor Course. This course offered me ten days of learning and working with others to enhance my guiding skills. The instructors offered a wealth of knowledge and constantly […]

AMGA Rock Guide Course & Aspirant Exam, video by Tracy Martin

We published Tracy’s essay in an earlier blog post (read it here), but just got her video up on Vimeo. If you want to learn more about the AMGA Rock Guide Course & Aspirant Exam, check it out. Tracy Martin-RGCAE-Millet 2013 from American Mountain Guides Assoc on Vimeo.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BD Scholarship Recipient Andrew Councell Reflects on his Ski Mountaineering Exam

I recently spent a month in British Columbia’s Coast Range to prepare for, and take, an AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Exam. Overall, it was a great month, and my timing was quite good for both snow conditions and avalanche hazard. Fortunately, I passed the exam so it was time and money well-spent, and it marks […]