An Icelander’s Path to AMGA Certification

Icelander Einar Ísfeld Steinarsson first started considering IFMGA certification in 2002. But at that time Iceland was not a member country of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association. However, as part of a mountain and para-rescue team, where he trained with the U.S. Marines in winter survival in the Icelandic interior, Greenland, and the United […]

Lisa Van Sciver reflects on her scholarship-funded Rock Instructor Course

Lisa Van Sciver

Lisa Van Sciver received the 2013 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund, which paid for her Rock Instructor Course I began this year’s guiding season with AMGA’s Rock Instructor Course. This course offered me ten days of learning and working with others to enhance my guiding skills. The instructors offered a wealth of knowledge and constantly […]

2012 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund recipient Lyra Pierroti’s Rock Exam photos

Lyra Pierroti, the 2012 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund recipient, sent us photos from her Rock Exam.

On Becoming a Better Guide: 5 reasons to take an AMGA Alpine Course

By Emilie Drinkwater, the 2012 Patagonia Woman’s Scholarship recipient Two winters ago I found myself slightly off-route and desperately run-out on a rime covered rock face not far below the summit of New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington.  I glanced down at my two clients, huddled together while wind and icy sleet pellets blasted them from above. […]