Access Secured in Ouray Ice Park

A new management agreement has been adopted by the City of Ouray and Ouray Ice Park, Inc. that secures 25% of visitor capacity for commercial and institutional group use. “This is a very positive outcome for the guiding community and is the result of a strong advocacy effort by Ice Park guides and guide services, […]

AMGA Climbing The Hill for Facilitated Access

Climb The Hill is an annual advocacy event hosted by the Access Fund and the American Alpine Club to educate Congressional representatives, policymakers, and top land management administrators on the importance of public lands, outdoor recreation, and improved climbing management. For the first time, the issue of facilitated access was part of the playbook for […]

Memorandum of Understanding Established with NPS

The AMGA has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Park Service (NPS) that strengthens the guiding community’s relationship with NPS and creates new avenues for collaboration on land-use management, stewardship, and planning. “The MOU establishes the AMGA, its members, and accredited businesses as a primary resource for NPS on matters related […]

Access Opened at Gate Buttress

We are pleased to announce a new access opportunity at the Gate Buttress in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT. After extended negotiations with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church), an agreement has been signed to allow guided rock climbing on 140 acres of private LDS Church property around the Gate Buttress. […]

New USFS Recreation Special Uses Guide

The United States Forest Service (USFS) issues over 8000 special use permits every year for outfitting and guiding activities. These permits authorize the holder to conduct business on public land managed by the Forest Service. For decades, the process of obtaining a permit has been unpredictable and difficult due to variations in requirements from one […]

Possible Yosemite Guiding Opportunities | COMMENT TODAY!

Overview The comment period on the Yosemite Wilderness plan ends this Friday! Based on current regulations, this is the only opportunity in the next twenty-plus years for increasing guided access in the park. While options for increased guiding have not yet been released to the public, our comments now can help influence the options that […]

New Possible Yosemite Guiding Opportunities

Dear AMGA Members and Friends, Right now, Yosemite National Park is developing a new version of their Wilderness Stewardship Plan, which is the document that directs all activities in 94% of the park, including almost all of the climbing, for the next several decades. The Wilderness Stewardship Plan was last updated in 1989. The plan […]

AMGA and Arc’teryx to Host 2015 Round Table Discussion Tour to Address Access & Guiding Issues in Community

Boulder, Colo. (May 20, 2015) – Following a successful 2014 tour, AMGA and Arc’teryx will be hosting a 2015 Round Table Discussion Tour. The tour, which is sponsored by Arc’teryx, aims to bring the guiding community together in order to address the issues and challenges that guides face. “We are proud to continue our support […]

AMGA Announces Terrain and Supervision Guidelines

AMGA Announces Terrain and Supervision Guidelines Boulder, Colo. May 14, 2015 – The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Review Team announces updates to the Terrain and Supervision Guidelines. The Review Team, comprised of 11 voting AMGA members, met outside of Jackson Hole, Wyo., earlier this month in a landmark meeting to review and update the […]

Commercial Services: A critical piece in the puzzle

Determination of Extent Necessary for Commercial Services By Scott Massey, Advocacy Director  Note: We had to cut this version in the GUIDE Bulletin due to space constraints. The full article and references appear here. How do land managers determine how many commercial service providers, including mountain guides, they allow to operate in designated wilderness? This […]