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 […]

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 […]

Joey Thompson: Doug Parker & Roger Baxter-Jones Memorial Scholarship

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Joey Thompson has guided full time since 2002, the year he took his first AMGA course. In March 2011, he became a licensed mountain guide in the United States. On March 2, 2014, with financial assistance from the AMGA’s Doug Parker & Roger Baxter Jones Memorial Scholarship, he became an American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. He […]

Error Correction: A crucial skill on the path of AMGA certification

By Henry Beyer, Program Director Each year the ranks of AMGA Certified Guides grows. Students have earned an average of 50 Guide Track certifications per year over the past four years. And this year we expect that trend to continue. In fact, a few members have already earned certifications in the Alpine, Rock, and Ski […]

Ski season is upon us: get your ski skills ready for your courses & exams

Most of the ski resorts are now open in Colorado, so it is official – it is time to ski. For those of you who are interested in becoming an AMGA Ski Guide that means you can begin preparing yourself for an upcoming course or exam. Here are a couple of tools that might help. […]

Rob Coppolillo on the Steps to Becoming a Fully Certified Guide

In this Elevation Outdoors article, climber/writer Rob Coppolillo talks about the guiding life and the steps one needs to take to become a guide. Coppolillo is close to becoming a full certified guide. He has finished all his AMGA courses, and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) recognizes him as an “aspirant guide” […]

The Alpine Guide Course Exam: Prep, Purchases, & Getting Around Jackson Hole

By Ron Funderburke, an excerpt from his Outdoor Research Scholarship Report I had made certain preparations for my exam that are worth mentioning. First, I did more running that I would ever normally care to.  My typical run was an uphill mile to the south face of looking glass, 500-1000 feet of soloing 5th class rock […]