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 […]

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.