American Mountain Guides Association Announces Angela Hawse as new Board of Directors President

Hawse brings more than 35-years of guiding and leadership experience to the position Boulder, COLO. (October 29, 2018) – The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), an educational non-profit dedicated to supporting and furthering the profession of American mountain guiding, has named veteran guide and industry leader Angela Hawse as President of its Board of Directors. […]

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 […]

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USFS Special Uses Webinar

Are you interested in providing guided climbing or skiing experiences for the public on Forest Service land? The USFS Special Uses Webinar will provide you with helpful information about the USFS recreation special uses program. You will learn how to submit a proposal and navigate the application process to obtain a special use authorization for guided activities […]

New AMGA Advocacy Program Website

The Advocacy and Policy Program has a new web presence on the AMGA website. Four new webpages provide resources for AMGA members. The pages include: Advocacy and Policy Program (mission, strategic pillars, and core values) Projects and Policy Statements (catalog of recent access projects and policy work) Current Initiatives (projects underway in the advocacy department) […]

AMGA Establishes MOU with the Forest Service

Matt Wade shakes hands with Tinelle Bustam, USFS National Assistant Director for Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources, after signing the AMGA-USFS MOU. The AMGA has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) that creates a formal line of communication for the AMGA and USFS to cooperate on mutually-beneficial programs, […]

12 Women-Specific Scholarships Offered to Members Seeking Courses in the Mountain Guide Program

Each year, outdoor industry leaders and private foundations generously give to the AMGA so guides and aspiring guides have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and training they need to be America’s best. This year, we are happy to announce 28 scholarship opportunities open to our members seeking courses in the Mountain Guide Program. […]

New NPS Commercial Use Authorization Website

The National Park Service (NPS) has a new website for its Commercial Use Authorization program. A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows an individual, group, company, or other entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park unit. The NPS issues CUAs for a wide range of commercial visitor services such […]

A New Meaning to Mentorship

men·tor·ship (n.) the guidance provided by a mentor, especially an experienced person in a company or educational institution AMGA men·tor·ship (n.) all of the above plus some added stoke and cold smoke The specific skill sets that are needed to become a Mountain Guide can be hard to learn by reading a book or watching […]

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, […]