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

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 […]

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, […]

A review of the Osprey Rev 12 backpack

Rob Coppolillo, Aspirant Mountain Guide, recently tested the Osprey Rev 12 backpack while mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing in and around Boulder, Colorado, mostly while training for his alpine exam. He offered the AMGA some feedback on the pack. Coppolillo thought this pack was really solid for all the sport for which he reviewed […]

Mike Hattrup Scholarship Recipient on the Benefits of Mentorship

By Chris Marshall, recipient of the Mike Hattrup Scholarship Throughout my career and progression to become a ski guide, avalanche forecaster, and educator, mentorship has played a crucial role in my development. I find myself seeking out mentors to pick discuss, techniques, and personal experiences, ultimately wishing to identify with, and emulate those that I […]

Rob Coppolillo reviews the Falcon Guide’s AMGA Single Pitch Manual

Here is an excerpt from Rob Coppolillo’s review of Falcon Guide’s AMGA Single Pitch Manual. To read the full review, please visit Elevation Outdoor’s website by clicking here. Falcon Guides has just published Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual (click through to purchase it at the American Mountain Guides Association site–it’s cheaper than Amazon […]

Making the best of 10 feet of snow during the Ski Guide Course

By Mammut Scholarship Recipient, Max Tepfer Simply put, mountains, and the sports that allow me to travel in them, are my passion. For the past five years, I’ve been building my life in such a way that allows me to pursue those passions to the fullest extent that I can. Perfecting this lifestyle is an […]

What it means to be a “pro” skier (GORE-TEX® scholarship recipient report)

By Chris Lundy, GORE-TEX® Scholarship recipient I’ve been a professional skier for nearly 15 years now. Heck, I’ve even been in two films that aired on major television. Unfortunately, I wasn’t sending some Alaskan face. You probably never saw “NOVA Avalanche!” or “Extreme Maintenance: Glacier National Park.” Even if you did (and I actually hope […]

An unofficial guide to AMGA certification

Part 1: Why become a guide and finding a mentor By Danny Uhlmann, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA This is written with the idea in mind of what I wish people would have told me before I started and when I was going, in order to have success through the AMGA Mountain Guide’s program. This advice applies […]

Donny Roth Reflects on taking his Ski Mountaineering Exam

This is Donny Roth’s Chad Vander Ham Memorial Fund video application, which paid for his AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam during the winter 2014. Footage courtesy of Sweetgrass Productions, Darcy Turenne — and some of Donny’s own. This video was shot on location at Golden Alpine Holidays in British Columbia, near Haines, Alaska, and various […]

AMGA Ski Guide Course, Sponsored by Arc’teryx

Nina Hance took her Ski Guide Course January 6 – 17, 2014, in Jackson, Wyoming. Check out her piece, “Potholders,” in Issue #3 of the GUIDE Bulletin. By Nina Hance Since 17, it has been an ambition of mine to pursue AMGA certification. Last summer, after fulfilling all of the course prerequisites, I applied for my […]