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 […]

An Overview of the Single Pitch Instructor Course

April 5-7, 2014, Zach Silberman participated in the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course with Fox Mountain Guides. Zach documented much of his experience on the Fox Mountain Guides blog. We’ve reprinted his Day 1 insights and experiences. To read the full article and see a bunch of great photos, click here: Day 1 Today we ventured […]

Director’s Corner: reflecting on guides and the guiding life

This editorial appears in the Spring/Summer GUIDE Bulletin, Issue #3. We have reprinted it here so that you know what’s shortly to come (we go to press later this week), and also so that you can comment on it and also share your stories. We want to hear from you!  By Betsy Winter, AMGA Executive Director Guides share […]