Austin Shannon – 2016 Dynafit Scholarship Recipient

  What is your dream job? What do you love to do? What makes you truly come alive? For me, the answer to all of these questions lies within the mountain guiding profession.  At 29 years old I am very luck to have found my dream job at such a young age.  People spend the […]

Arcteryx Alpha SV Jacket Review by Geoff Unger

The Alpha SV Jacket from Arcteryx is a high end Gore-Tex jacket for serious mountain travelers and outdoor professionals.  As a climber and skier I have tried a lot of different jackets and tend to work them pretty hard.  I took the Alpha SV out for over 20 days this past winter both ice climbing […]

Get to Know… The Sterling HollowBlock

The Sterling HollowBlock is a handy tool for climbers and guides. If you’re not familiar, the HollowBlock is a unique hollow braid sewn-prusik cord made from aramid fibers and used for backing up rappels and lowers and performing load transfers. Click on the link here to see the revised user instructions that come with the HollowBlock. Sterling […]

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides is Hiring!

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides is looking for guides for the 2016 summer season. Applicants must be 21 years old and will need: AMGA certification in the Alpine or Rock disciplines, or applicable AMGA course work Current WFR, OEC, or EMT as well as current CPR certifications Documented climbing and mountaineering skills with documented experience in […]

Gabe Coler – 2016 Mountain Hardwear Scholarship Recipient

This Ski Guide Exam was my last step in the process of becoming an AMGA Certified Mountain Guide.  This was a process that started twelve years ago in a cold New Hampshire November when I took my Rock Instructor Course with Marc Chauvin.  Back then I was rock guiding during the summer at Smith Rock, […]

Azissa Singh – 2016 Arc’teryx Scholarship Recipient

A month ago I had never been to Southern California. To Joshua Tree. To the Wonderland of Rocks. In the flaring, insecure chimney of “Right On.” On the unlikely, hollow crimps of “Walk on the Wild Side.” On the inspiring, exposed “Southwest Arête.” Just a month ago I was anxiously awaiting an AMGA Rock Guide […]

2016 Roundtable Tour Stop – Bend, OR – June 14th

We are kicking off our 2016 Round Table Tour in Bend, Oregon.  In partnership with Arc’teryx, this meeting will be unique in that stakeholders from all facets of the guiding/outdoor industry will be present to engage in a broader discussion about the U.S. permitting process and the common challenges we all face as commercial operators on our public lands. […]

Will Nunez’s Experience on the Crested Butte Ski Guide Course

This past February Irwin Guides hosted the American Mountain Guides Association Ski Guide Course (SGC) in Crested Butte, Colorado. The SCG is the longest course offered by the AMGA. The twelve days were packed with instruction and long ski tours in the Elk Mountains exceeding 4000’ in vertical elevation. It was imperative for me to […]

Colin Wann – 2016 Recipient of the Millet Scholarship

After letting go of the “How” I became enthralled with the “When” related to trainings and certifications with the AMGA. I have turned a corner and realized I am here for my own development as a guide and as a person. I am not here to fulfill requirements for land management red tape, job applications […]

Casey Graham – 2016 Mammut Scholarship Recipient

Over the course of my professional career in guiding and instructing in the outdoor industry, I have been a part of countless trainings, certification courses, and continuing education programs. Few, however, have compared to the quality and professionalism I have seen in the AMGA courses and exams I have taken. This winter, I found myself […]