What is DEI all about?

Written by: Derek DeBruin Over the last few years, the AMGA has placed an increased focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE) in our association. We ultimately do better as an organization and in our work in the field when we are culturally competent and strive to be respectful of others’ beliefs and identities. A solid […]

Senate Oversight Hearing on Recreation Access

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing on March 14th to “Examine Opportunities to Improve Access, Infrastructure, and Permitting for Outdoor Recreation.” During the hearing, Senators on the committee asked questions about access issues and explored ways to improve access to public lands. Now here is the really exciting part – […]

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, […]

A Q&A with Alpine Mentorship Attendee, Zack Novak

1) What does “mentorship” mean to you? Has this definition changed as the result of attending the camp? Mentorship to me is the core of how mountain craft has been passed down over generations. First as Climbers and later as guides, we identify the people that we want to learn from and through a medley […]

Inside the AMGA | Interview with Jesse Littleton

  What do you know about our National Office operations? Our new series, inside the AMGA helps shed some light on our work. This month, learn more about our Mountain Guide Programs Manager, Jesse Littleton How long have you been at the AMGA and what did you do before working here?   I began work with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet Mike Soucy

Having self control can be overrated sometimes – just ask Mike Soucy    

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 […]

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 […]