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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is a 501(c)(3) educational non‐profit that is dedicated to supporting the American mountain guiding community. Our mission is to inspire and support a culture of American mountain craft.
As the leading organization of America’s most vibrant, inspiring community of climbers and skiers, the AMGA offers you cutting edge knowledge and hundreds of years of collective experience that you won’t get from any other climbing organization.
Your financial assistance means the AMGA can professionalize the guiding profession. It means our guides can receive world class training and have sustainable careers, that the stunning wild areas in which they work will be protected, and the AMGA can continue to educate land managers and outdoor industry leaders.