Yoga for Guides, Part III: Asanas to do at home

Heidi Yoga in India

By Richard Parker, Rock Instructor & Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor In the first article (Yoga for Guides, Part I), I discussed some of the areas of the body that take a beating from guiding and some of the poses used to address them. In the second article I discussed meditation and how it relates to […]

Review: Iridium’s GO! Wi-Fi–Based Satellite Phone Device

Ryan Huetter, Certified AMGA Rock Guide, reviews the Iridium GO! Wi-Fi–based satellite-phone device.   As working guides in the backcountry, we have become increasingly reliant on the technology that goes into our guiding packs. Whether it is for navigation, communication or documentation, most of us are carrying multiple pieces of electronics on our guiding assignments. […]

Warriors, Way: Dealing With Performance Anxiety, Part II

By Arno Ilgner, Certified SPI. This is the second in a series of articles on how guides can deal with performance anxiety. Read the first post. In the last lesson we developed intellectual awareness about performance anxiety while we are guiding/instructing. We understood how the brain works and about the mental shift we need to […]

Matt Shove on Taking the Alpine Guide Course

The summit of Disappointment Peak.

Photos & text by Matt Shove, Certified Rock Instructor & Millet Scholarship Recipient My Alpine Guide course began with a four-connection flight to Jackson Hole, Wyo., with a late night pick up from Scott Perkins. Scott is a mutual friend, who turned out to be a great climbing partner for a few warm up climbs. […]

Joshua Cole on the AASGC/AE

JCole ASGC 3

Photos & text by Joshua Cole, Certified SPI, Apprentice Rock Guide, Assistant Ski Guide and Walker Family Foundation Grant recipient The AMGA is working to increase the professionalism, safety, and standard of guiding in our country. While the AMGA is succeeding in these aims, the culture of guiding remains distinctly different from Europe and Canada. […]

Review: CAMP’s XLC Nanotech Automatic Crampon

Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviewed CAMP USA’s XLC Nanotech Automatic Crampon I used CAMP’s XLC Nanotech Automatic Crampon for two days of ski mountaineering in Rocky Mountain National Park. These crampons are intended to be used for ski mountaineering and climbing snow/moderate ice, where rock will not be encountered. The XLC Nanotech […]

Mike Soucy Reviews CAMP’s Speed 2.0 Helmet

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Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviews CAMP USA’s Speed 2.0 Helmet, size medium. I used CAMP’s Speed 2.0 helmet over a week primarily for ski mountaineering, but also for some waterfall ice guiding. It’s a great helmet for guiding because it’s lightweight and versatile. A light helmet on the head is truly less […]

Warrior’s Way: Dealing With Performance Anxiety, Part I

By Arno Ilgner, Certified SPI. This is the first in a series of articles on how guides can deal with performance anxiety. Performance anxiety is one of the biggest distractions of our attention while guiding in the mountains. Though we love guiding, and we work very hard to be certified in the terrain in which […]

Yoga for Guides, Part II: Meditation

Young Woman Meditating Outdoors

By Richard Parker, Rock Instructor & Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor In the first article (Yoga for Guides, Part I), I discussed some of the areas of the body that take a beating from guiding and some of the poses used to address them. This piece focuses on breathing techniques and meditation. The third in this […]

Review: CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe

CAMP corsa ice axe review

The second of our series of reviews on CAMP’s Nanotech models, by Jonathon Spitzer, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. Read about CAMP’s Corsa Ice Axe. I tested the CAMP Corsa Nanotech Ice Axe while on a ski mountaineering objective in the Wasatch Range in Utah. We climbed a 3,000’ alpine ridge route on the South Ridge […]