Act now to create a new era of opportunity for guiding in the United States

AMGA Advocacy Campaign 2018

Support AMGA Advocacy today!

Climbing instructors, mountain guides, and backcountry ski guides in the United States are required to obtain special use permits from the national land agencies in order to provide educational courses and guided trips for the public on public lands. As climbing and backcountry skiing have grown in popularity, the demand for training from professional instructors and guides is at an all-time high.

However, outdated regulations make it time consuming, unpredictable, and in many cases – impossible – for instructors and guides to obtain the special use permits they need to serve the public. This places unnecessary restrictions on the public, limits work opportunities for guides, and prevents guide businesses from growing.


About the Campaign | In Support of AMGA Advocacy

The AMGA Advocacy and Policy Program is working to solve these problems. In just the past six months, the AMGA Advocacy and Policy Team has helped to secure ongoing access to the Ouray Ice Park in Colorado, open access to the Gate Buttress in Utah, and has entered into groundbreaking agreements with the Forest Service and National Park Service. Your support will help us continue this work and usher in a new era of opportunity for instructors and guides.

Your gift of $20.00 or more will help to:

  • Expand opportunities for guided climbing in Yosemite
  • Establish new “single trip” permits for guided summit climbs of Denali
  • Unlock permitting moratoriums on National Forests
  • Eliminate National Park Service price caps
  • Improve AMGA responsiveness to local access issues around the country

Contribute Now


Go to the Donation Page and select “Advocacy Fund.”

Double your Donation – AMGA Board Match!

By making a gift to the AMGA before September 20, the AMGA Board will match your donation of $20.00 or more, up to $20,000! All contributions are tax deductible.


Learn More about the AMGA Advocacy and Policy Program

Mission, Strategy and Core Values
Policy Projects and Policy Statements
Current Initiatives
Resources for AMGA members




  • Monse Alvarez
  • American Alpine Institute
  • Mary Anderson
  • Vince Anderson
  • Matthew Baker
  • KC Baum
  • Tod Bloxham
  • Brendan Burns
  • Brent Butler
  • Gary Carlson
  • Sarah Carpenter
  • Marc Chauvin
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  • Ron Funderburke
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  • Kathleen Gross
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  • Angela Hawse
  • Christian Hesch
  • Rob Hess
  • Kurt Hicks
  • Bruce Hodgkins
  • Russell Hunter
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  • Shuheng Lin
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  • Viktor Marohnic
  • Forest McBrian
  • Kent McBride
  • Sarah Macgregor
  • John William MacKinnon
  • Olivier Michon
  • Richard Miller
  • Marty Molitoris
  • Rodrigo Mujica
  • Ian Nicholson
  • Samuel Nies
  • Dan Nordstrom
  • Michael OConnor
  • Patrick Ormond
  • Todd Passey
  • Peak Mountain Guides
  • Mike Poborsky
  • Andrew Powell
  • Collin Powers
  • Phil Powers
  • Olivia and John Race
  • Dale Remsberg
  • Mark Renson
  • Aaron Richards
  • Michael Riley
  • Silas Rossi
  • Charles Rutstein
  • Mike Sandefur
  • Christian Santelices
  • Neil Satterfield
  • Ryan Schademan
  • Peter Schultz
  • Matt Shove
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  • Jonathon Spitzer
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  • Michael Soucy
  • Lee Stark
  • Lance Sullins
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  • Sean Taft-Morales
  • Ted Teegarden
  • Joe Thomspon
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  • Hannah Trim
  • Geoff Unger
  • Joanna Varga
  • Mark and Rachel Vermeal
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  • Richard Vogt
  • Jonathan Wachtel
  • Matt Wade
  • Bill & Mary Ellen Wade
  • Jeff Ward
  • Laura Watt
  • Amos Whiting
  • H. Mark Weidman
  • Jesse Williams
  • Troy Wilson
  • Peter Yang
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