Salomon X Alp Pro GTX Review by Lindsay Fixmer

AMGA Guide Lindsay Fixmer reviews the Salomon X Alp Pro GTX boot with integrated gaiter. I tested out the Salomon X Alp Pro GTX ($280) boot with integrated gaiter working a spring Mt. Whitney trip in the High Sierra a few weeks ago. Due to our balmier weather, what typically would have been an ill-suited boot […]

Arc’teryx Scholarship Recipient Eric Haskell

Recipient of the 2015 Arc’teryx Scholarship Eric Haskell shares his experience on his AMGA Ski Guide Course in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado. How many people are truly inspired by their work and have the opportunity to inspire others through their work? How many people can say they have the greatest job in the world? I feel […]

AMGA seeking applicants for Executive Director position

The AMGA is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director at the organization. Please click on the link below for more information on the position and how to apply, if interested: AMGA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PROFILE

Part 3 in the OR/AMGA Climbing Fundamentals Video Series: Rigging a Rappel

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the third 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 Rigging a Rappel, with AMGA Instructor Team member Jeff Ward—enjoy the video, put it into practice, and safe and happy climbing out there! To watch […]

Smith Variance Helmet Review by Geoff Unger

American Mountain Guide Geoff Unger tests the Smith Variance ski helmet. I am going to come right out and say it. I have a negative bias against helmets for skiing. I don’t understand it. I wear one for climbing all the time, but I grew up without one on the slopes and it stuck. I […]

Part 2 in the OR/AMGA Climbing Fundamentals Video Series: Cleaning Top Rope Anchors

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the second 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 Cleaning Top Rope Anchors, with AMGA Instructor Team member Margaret Wheeler—enjoy the video, put it into practice, and safe and happy climbing out there! To […]

Review: CAMP’s Photon wire straight gate biner

CAMP Speed 2.0 Photo

Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviewed CAMP USA’s Speed 2.0 Photon Wire Straight Gate Carabiner. I tested CAMP’s Photon Wire straight gate carabiner on just under a dozen routes, from South Platte multipitch traditional rock climbing to waterfall ice pitches and mixed alpine climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Photon is a […]

The Rewards of AMGA Certification: Josh Jackson

Sam Hennessey belays as Tom Hargis makes a radio call

Photos & text by Josh Jackson, Apprentice Alpine & Rock Guide, Certified SPI and Rock Instructor and Eddie Bauer Scholarship recipient As a climbing guide for over 20 years, I have been blessed to be both a teacher and a student within the vertical world. As I have developed from a recreational climber into a […]

Smith Nomad Sunglasses, a Review

AMGA-Certified Guide Rob Coppolillo reviews the Smith Nomad sunglasses with “ChromaPop” lens.   At first, I was skeptical of the Smith Nomad sunglasses ($269) when I took them out of the box. They seemed too light, with a wire frame that would seemingly go destructo in less than a week. Turns out they’re titanium, so you […]

Millet Scholarship Recipient Szu-ting Yi

Recipient of the 2015 Millet Scholarship Szu-ting Yi shares her experience on her March 2015 Rock Guide Course in Joshua Tree National Park, California. I have wanted to take an AMGA Rock Guide Course for the past three years. I knew that the course could not only enhance my climbing knowledge but also equip me with […]