What is the SOAR Act?

Organized groups like outfitters, guides, outdoor education organizations, college and university programs, and volunteer-based clubs are required to have a permit to take people to national parks, national forests, and other federal lands for things like hiking, climbing, mountaineering, and other outdoor sports. These permits have different names depending on the agency but are generally […]

New Permits at Marys Lake in Colorado

After a year of discussion and collaboration between the Bureau of Reclamation, AMGA, Access Fund, Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, and local guides, the Marys Lake climbing area near Estes Park, CO is now open for commercial use. This area is prized as an instructional venue due to easy access, varied terrain, and quality […]

Sequoia-Kings Canyon Announces Improved CUA Program

After extensive dialogue with local guides and the AMGA, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park (SEKI) has made numerous improvements to their commercial use authorization (CUA) program. The total number of available CUAs has been increased, all CUAs provide access to the Mount Whitney Management Area, multiple tiers of allocations are available to accommodate different levels of […]

AMGA Comments on USFS NEPA Rulemaking

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise its procedures for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NPRM describes a number of proposals that would streamline the environmental review process for a variety of forest management actions. Most notably for the guiding community, the NPRM includes the […]

AMGA Testifies Before Congress on SOAR Act

Advocacy and Policy Director, Matt Wade, was invited to testify before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands on the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act (SOAR Act). In front of numerous members of Congress and a packed audience, Wade introduced the AMGA, described the need for guides to have better access, […]

Improved Guide Experience Requirements on Denali

Denali National Park and Preserve (DENA) put forward a new, park-wide regulation in 2018 that stated all guides must climb a route before guiding it. The requirement limited guiding opportunities for guides, caused staffing difficulties for guide services, and in several cases prevented the public from being able to hire a guide for the route […]

Fall 2019 Guide Stewardship Events

The AMGA, local guides, and land managers have collaborated on three stewardship events at popular guiding venues this fall. Projects have taken place on the east side approach trail to Mt. Whitney (CA), the approach trail to the Liberty Bell Group at Washington Pass (WA), and at the Ouray Ice Park (CO). Groups of local […]

New Legislation Seeks to Improve Permitting System

Outdoor organizations and businesses across the country praised Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today for introducing the Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act (PLROIA). This bipartisan legislation makes changes to the outfitter and guide permitting systems of the federal land agencies to make permits easier for outfitters and guides to […]

Top 5 Tips for Permit Applications

          1. Meet with your land manager in person before submitting your application. This will show your commitment to building a relationship and being a good partner. 2. Demonstrate you are committed to resource protection. Describe in detail how you will apply each of the 7 LNT principles in your operation. […]

WA Pass Guide Stewardship Day

The AMGA hosted a Guide Stewardship Day at Washington Pass on September 20, 2018 with 8 Washington-based climbing guides, 2 professional trail builders from the Access Fund Conservation Team, and 3 Forest Service climbing rangers from the Methow Valley Ranger District. They hardened and stabilized existing sections of trail to improve climber access to the Liberty […]