Snow Pit Basics w/ IFMGA Guide Evan Stevens

According to IFMGA/AMGA Guide Evan Stevens: “Knowing how to use tools and interpret finding is key to understanding snow pack and making good decisions for safe travel through avalanche terrain.” Watch this video and learn the basics of digging a good snow pit and performing a compression test.

Steep Ice Movement at the AMGA Alpine Exam, Mt. Baker

Mike B. climbing a short, steep serac for the ice movement assessment on the AMGA Alpine Guide Exam (Sep. ’10). The final bulge is overhanging and steeper than it looks!

The Making of an AMGA Alpine Guide

Footage from an AMGA Alpine Exam in the North Cascades on Mount Shuksan, Colfax Peak, Sherman Peak, Mount Triumph, North Early Winter Spires, and Cutthroat Peak.

AMGA Alpine Course, North Ridge of Shuksan with Keith Garvey

AMGA alpine course on the North Ridge of Shuksan during their aspirant exam.

A Guide’s Eye View: Adirondack Park

This video was submitted by Jesse Williams, the recipient the 2012 American Mountain Guide Association Chad VanderHam Memorial Scholarship Fund. An AMGA-Certified Alpine and Rock Guide, Jesse co-owns Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides LLC in Keene Valley, New York. He is offering us, “A guide’s eye view of the uniquely scrappy but beautiful backcountry skiing in the […]

Beverly Hattrup AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Exam 2010

Exams are difficult, and being able to have the support of the guiding community helps lift the burden in many ways. It brings about a higher confidence that I believe translates into better performance. When someone believes in you, it becomes a contagious energy that can be easily transferred among peers. That, in turn, helps […]

AMGA Guide Jim Williams Talks About the Risk – Reward Equation

Jim Williams leads trips and expeditions around the world, from South American to Antarctica. A former board member for the AMGA, he was the first guide to successful lead people up all the Seven Summits in one year. Learn more in this video!

American Mountain Guides Association Rock Guide Course and Aspirant Exam

What’s it like to take an American Mountain Guides Association Rock Guide Course and Aspirant Exam? This might give you some perspective. The course and exam are typically held at Red Rock National Conservation Area, Nevada.

Performing a pick off during an AMGA SPI exam.

Performing a pick off during an AMGA SPI exam. This was a contract course through the American Alpine Institute, with Jason Martin being the instructor for the course. The course was held at Mt. Erie, near Anacortes in Northwest Washington.

Fun at the AMGA Guide’s Olympics–Annual Meeting

At the 2008 AMGA Annual Guide’s Olympics: strange things happen when guides from all over the country get together for a few days of the AMGA’s Annual Meeting.