This year, five guides completed their IFMGA certification, including Andrew Councell and Eric Whewell, who are both from Boulder, Colo., Gary Falk of Ridgeway, Colo., Patrick Ormond of Ouray, Colo., and Jediah Porter of Bishop, Calif. These five join the 89 U.S. guides who have earned full certification in the rock, alpine, and ski guiding disciplines since 1997. These guys may now work legally in Europe and other foreign venues.
“This is a huge deal, and we are very proud of them,” says AMGA Executive Director Betsy Winter. “Their accomplishment shows they have the highest level of commitment to the guiding profession. Congratulations!”