Ryan Huetter, recipient of the 2015 Mammut Scholarship

I am lucky to live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the birthplaces of multi-day ski traverses in the United States. And though I did not come from an alpine-skiing background growing up, I quickly realized upon moving here that learning to ski, namely learning how to ski in the backcountry, was going to […]

American Mountain Guide Geoff Unger tests the CAMP OVO Belay Plate

      I was excited to get my hands on the Camp Ovo belay device. For a long time, the Gigi from Kong was the only available entry in this market. In the field, the Ovo performed admirably. The main reason to have this device is to ease the burden of pulling ropes through […]

Casio PRO TREK Scales New Terrain With The American Mountain Guides Association

DOVER, N.J., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Casio America, Inc. is excited to announce that it has partnered with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). As part of the new partnership, Casio’s widely popular PRO TREK line will be the ‘official watch’ brand of the AMGA instructor team, and will equip the most talented mountain guides in the United States with outdoor timepieces that […]

AMGA PARTNER ATHLETE PROFILE: MIKE ARNOLD, WITH DYNAFIT, SALEWA, WILD COUNTRY, and CAMP USA

The AMGA is excited to announce a new blog series, to run for the rest of 2015, featuring Q & As with AMGA guides, instructors, and members who are integral members of our corporate sponsors’ athlete teams—men and women who are delivering both in the guiding world and as ambassadors for their brands and chosen outdoor sport(s). There […]

A Q + A with 2012 GORE-TEX Scholarship recipient Jesse Williams

The AMGA recently had a chance to interview Jesse Williams, recipient of the 2012 GORE-TEX Scholarship, to get his thoughts on the scholarship, its benefits, the application process, and what he learned during his courses along the way. In addition to being an American Mountain Guide, Williams is also the manager of the Petzl Technical Institute, based […]

Max Lurie, Recipient of the 2015 Gore-Tex Scholarship

As someone for whom alpinism is, by far, the preferred discipline of climbing, I am very grateful to have recently experienced the American Mountain Guides Association’s (AMGA) Ice Instructor Course (IIC). I am also scheduled to attend the Alpine Guide Course (AGC) this coming fall. Thanks to receiving scholarship funding from Gore-Tex, I spent five […]

AMGA Partners with Avatech to help bring new technology to the guiding community

BOULDER, Colorado (July 6, 2015) – The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), an educational non-profit dedicated to supporting the American mountain guiding community, partners with Avatech, a technology company developing the first ever global, crowdsourced platform for mountain safety information and that is a key technical and supporting partner for 2015-16. “Managing the inherent risks […]

AMGA PARTNER ATHLETE PROFILE: EMILIE DRINKWATER, WITH OUTDOOR RESEARCH

The AMGA is excited to announce a new blog series, to run for the rest of 2015, featuring Q & As with AMGA guides, instructors, and members who are integral members of our corporate sponsors’ athlete teams—men and women who are delivering both in the guiding world and as ambassadors for their brands and chosen outdoor sport(s). There […]

Julbo Universe Zebra Goggle review

AMGA tester team member, Dylan Taylor, tests the Julbo Universe Zebra Google For what types of guiding activities and terrain would you use and have you used this product? I wore the Julbo “Universe Zebra” goggles on a number of ski touring days in British Colombia, Colorado, and in the French Alps this spring. I wore them […]

Part 12 in the OR/AMGA Climbing Fundamentals Video Series: Belay from Above

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the twelfth installment in our 12-part Climbing Fundamentals Video Series, showcasing 12 principal climbing skills taught on AMGA’s certification courses. This week’s skill is Belay from Above with AMGA Instructor Team Member Margaret Wheeler—enjoy the video, put it into practice, and safe and happy climbing out there! To watch the […]