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 […]

2018 Legislative Recap

            The AMGA was pleased to announce the introduction of the Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act (PLROIA) in the U.S. Senate on October 4, 2018. This legislation included over a dozen provisions to expedite the permitting process for outfitters, guides, non-profits, and other facilitated outdoor recreation providers. Once the […]

USFS Permit Renewal FAQ

        Q: I have a temporary permit to offer avalanche courses this winter. Can I renew the permit when it expires at the end of the season? A: Forest Service temporary permits are issued for a maximum of 180 days. When the permit term ends, the permit automatically expires. Temporary permits cannot […]

NEW International Mobility Webpage

                In an effort to better serve the needs of AMGA members working internationally, specifically related to mobility and international access, the AMGA is establishing an online directory that contains information on the requirements to work as a guide in IFMGA countries outside the United States. The directory […]

Expanded Access on Shoshone National Forest

The AMGA is pleased to report expanded availability of temporary permits on the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming. The AMGA worked with local guides and Forest Service officials to revise a Forest policy that was only allowing temporary permits to be issued every other year. The policy has now been revised to allow temporary permits […]