The AMGA inspires and supports a culture of American mountain craft by providing world-class and internationally recognized education, training, and certification to aspiring and professional guides. Our guides succeed because of our partner’s financial assistance, which pays for scholarships, programs, and many other AMGA initiatives. These partnerships also put us in a strong position to advocate for access for the guided public with land managers, legislators, and other industry partners. The AMGA is the only organization that comprehensively meets the needs of America’s mountain guides.
|Our Platinum Diamond partner is an exclusive partnership that makes the biggest impact with an annual minimum contribution of $40,000. They are the premier sponsor of the AMGA’s Instructor Team, pay for tuition scholarships, and are the title sponsor of the AMGA’s Annual Meeting. W.L. Gore & Associates has been a Diamond Partner since 2005 and recently became our first and only Triple Diamond Partner in 2012. Gore-Tex provides support and assistance to AMGA’s instructor team, and they also offer a full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA course or exam.|
Marmot became an AMGA sponsor in 1993, and have since been leading the way as one of AMGA's greatest contributors. In 2014, they became a Triple Diamond Partner, as the Official Apparel Sponsor of the Alpine Instructor Team. In addition, Marmot provides one full tuition scholarship each year for an aspiring guide to use on a course or exam.
Our Key Influencer partner program is an exclusive partnership that allows guaranteed use of brands on our elite Instructor Team for AMGA at an annual minimum contribution of $20,000. The partnerships also gives priority to the most skilled, trusted, and talented guides in the United States, as well as the ability to utilize the AMGA Instructor team for field product testing.
|Arc'teryx has been a proud supporter of the AMGA since 1997 and became the Official Sponsor of the Round Table Tour in 2014. The Round Table Tour on Access provides a regional forum to discuss guided access and other advocacy issues affecting the guiding profession and our members. Arc'teryx also provides one full tuition scholarship for an AMGA course or exam each year.|
|Dynafit North America has been a proud supporter of the AMGA since 2008. In May 2012, 13 mountain guides and members of the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides) from 12 countries traveled to North America to summit Denali (6,194 m/20,322 ft). The ski expedition and ascent was done within the framework of a symposium to discuss international exchanges. The 13 expedition members and trainers were testing a new ski, the "Denali". In 2014, the Denali ski is now the Official Ski of the AMGA Instructor team.|
|Five Ten has been a proud partner of the AMGA since 1993. Five Ten provides two partial tuition scholarships each year, and in 2014 became the Official Approach Shoe of the AMGA. The goal of this partnership is to help enhance the FiveTen brand, support the stickiness of the AMGA, and to ensure the comfort and durability for the AMGA Instructor Team while working rock courses and exams.|
|Osprey Packs joined the AMGA in 2009 as a Benefactor Sponsor and in 2014 became the Official Pack Sponsor of the Instructor Team. With this partnership the AMGA Instructor team will always have the most lightweight, durable, reliable, and technologically advanced backpacks on the market today. In addition to providing the AMGA Instructor Team with gear, the sponsorship also supports the AMGA’s internationally recognized education, training, and certification of aspiring and professional guides.|
Our Next Generation Partners significantly impact the AMGA and our members through their sponsorship and subsidization of AMGA courses and exams. Their annual minimum contribution of $15,000 provides full-funding scholarships and program sponsorship for an entire calendar year, reducing the overall cost for all participants. Gaining guide education is a big commitment of both time and money, thanks to our Diamond Partners we are able to keep tuition as reasonable as possible for students to participate in our world class training programs.
|Black Diamond Equipment partnered with the AMGA in 1992 and became a Diamond partner in 2004. They have been proudly sponsoring the Rock Guide Exam since. BD's sponsorship helps offset the direct cost of tuition, helping aspiring guides pursue their career dream of becoming a guide. In addition, BD provides one full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA course or exam.|
|Brooks Range Mountaineering Equipment partnered with the AMGA in 1998. Since that time Brooks Range Mountaineering has been the Official Rescue Sled Provider and as of 2014 is the Official Sponsor the Alpine Guide Exam. This sponsorship subsidizes the tuition costs for the Alpine Guide Exam. In addition, they provide one full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA course or exam.|
|Eddie Bauer joined the team in 2010 and is the official sponsor of all AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide Courses and Aspirant Exams, and they provide one full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA course or exam.|
|Outdoor Research has been a proud supporter of the AMGA since 1993 and signed on as the Official Tech Video Sponsor in 2014. AMGA trained guides have more technical knowledge than any other climbers or skiers in America. But today that is not enough. AMGA guides are more than teachers. They're stewards of a way of living and being in the mountains that Americans increasingly want. Thanks to the support of Outdoor Research, for the first time, we're making that way available to aspiring guides and the guided public in an engaging, accessible online platform. In addition, Outdoor Research provides one full tuition scholarship to an aspiring guide each year.|
|Petzl partnered with the AMGA in 1990 and became a Diamond Partner in 2008. They are the Official Sponsor of the Rock Guide Course and they provide one full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA advanced level course or certification exam. A percentage from Petzl's sponsorship is used to supplement other program revenues and to help keep tuition as reasonable as possible for students to participate in AMGA programs.|
|The AMGA welcomed Adidas Outdoor in 2014 at the Summit Level. The Adidas brand guiding principals include, focus and dedication. Adidas is committed to continuously strengthening its brand and products to improve their competitive position.|
|Smith Optics joined the AMGA in 2014 at the Summit Level. Like the AMGA, Smith is dedicated to the craft. Their commitment to innovative technologies and unmatched dependability, designed and tested in the field, has them us the choice of guides, athletes, and explorers worldwide. The Chromapop lens with increase clarity, enhance color, scratch resistant, and shatter proof will be put to use by some of our Instructor Team members on their AMGA courses.|
Our Media partners play an important role in marketing the AMGA and our members by donating ad space every year.
Our Patrons contribute each year to support AMGA initiatives across a wide range of activities. Joining as a Patron is often an effective first-step toward greater involvement.
Partners can make a difference by becoming a Contributor. At this level companies help the AMGA sustain our core operations and program initiatives.
Welcome to the AMGA. At the Supporter level companies ensure the AMGA is able to fulfill our mission of inspiring and supporting a culture of American mountain craft. Every dollar helps!
The generous donations made by individual donors also significantly help the AMGA support and foster the mountain community. These people typically have a personal relationship with and an investment in the AMGA.