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 […]
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 […]
Lyra Pierroti, the 2012 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund recipient, sent us photos from her Rock 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 […]
Eric Whewell, recipient of the 2012 Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship, sent us these photos from his ski exam.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ian Havlick was the 2013 Mammut Scholarship recipient. Here is the account from his Rock Instructor Course. In late April 2013, I made the drive from Crested Butte, Colo., in south Central Colorado, to central Oregon and Smith Rock State Park, where the American Mountain Guides Association hosted the entry-level course for the rock and […]