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    Women’s SPI Course | Brie Chartier

    Everyone Belongs on Rope: Attending the third AMGA Women’s SPI Course  Why Are We Here? Climbing draws people who are adventurous and driven to explore new places both in the world and inside ourselves.  Climbers like to be on top of the world and connect to the journey as well as the destination. The fact that […]

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    Ascent ASC | Suraj Kushwaha

    This AMGA Ascent Alpine Skills Course introduced me to the world of guiding. It made clear to me the level of competence, skill, and adaptability that is expected of professionals in the industry. It helped me identify my own skills, as well as the gaps in my knowledge, and create a plan to prepare for […]

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    Women’s RGC | Anna Hicks

    Some of my friends who are guides dreamed about becoming a guide for a long time.  Personally, when I started guiding in 2015, it was because I desperately needed a job.  After 9 years working for the Park Service at Mount Rainier, I was not ready to leave the mountain, but I could no longer […]

About the AMGA

The AMGA’s founders were climbers and skiers with a deep commitment to and understanding of outdoor culture. They realized the soul of these sports didn’t have to be compromised by organization. Organization could instead serve to bring the community together in a revolutionary way. It could provide mountain guides with resources, services, and credentials to boost their careers, but also with connections to each other and to the larger community of guides and clients across the country and around the globe. These are the ways we lead and promote the guiding community:

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For Aspiring Guides

Become an international guide and work anywhere in Europe or Asia, or just take a step in that direction and work throughout the United States. The International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) and the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (UIAA) have endorsed the 300+ programs the AMGA runs each year.

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For Guides

By becoming an AMGA member, you are joining a team of guides who share similar professional goals. As an organization, the collective voice of your profession is strengthened and the momentum of your craft accelerated. Clients, land managers, and outdoor industry leaders look to the AMGA for excellence, support, and viable solutions.

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