The AMGA has decided on how to integrate the Ice Instructor Course(IIC) into our alpine program. This letter summarizes when students currently in our alpine program and those who will start it soon need to take the IIC. With all the considerations below keep in mind that all students will need to complete the IIC before taking an Alpine Guide Exam (AGE) in 2014.
By 2013, the goal is to eliminate three days from the AGC and the AAGC combined.
At the moment three venues will be used for the IIC: North Conway, Ouray and Canmore, Alberta. Please check the 2011 schedule to find a date that works for you. In the future we will try and add more venues like Lilloett, British Columbia and possibly the Sierra and Cody Wyoming. Permits are often the road block to new areas, but we are always trying to obtain new ones.
There will be three scheduled Ice Instructor Courses this winter so start thinking about sharpening your tools and filling those thermoses.
Dale Remsberg IFMGA/AMGA Mountain guide and Alpine Discipline Coordinator