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 […]

Mount Mills, and a reflection on the Guiding Life

Reprinted with permission from Ryan Huetter’s blog. Victoria’s eyes were as big as dinner plates as I belayed her in. We had just transitioned from short roping to pitching out the steepening terrain as the couloir we were ascending narrowed, and to more securely pass the exposed band of rock bisecting the route which a […]

Joey Thompson Becomes American Mountain Guide after 10 “tough” years

A news piece on Joey Thompson becoming an American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide appears in GUIDE Bulletin #3, spring/summer 2014. This is the full interview with Thompson. Joey Thompson’s journey to full AMGA/IFMGA certification took a tough ten years. “It was rigorous, demanding, and very expensive,” he told the AMGA in a recent interview. “I sacrificed a lot.” […]

Joshua Cole on Receiving the Walker Family Foundation Scholarship

The AMGA is working to increase the professionalism, safety, and standard of guiding in our country. While the AMGA is succeeding in these aims, the culture of American guiding remains distinctly different from that in Europe and Canada. Many American guides still struggle to make guiding a sustainable profession. By donating toward AMGA scholarships, the […]