AMGA partners with Sweater Chalet

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), dedicated to supporting the profession of American mountain guiding, announces their partnership with Sweater Chalet. Sweater Chalet is the exclusive reseller of Dachstein Woolwear (DW), featuring mittens, gloves, socks, watch caps, and sweaters made by a small family of knitters in the Dachstein Mountains of Austria who use only 100% organic Austrian […]

2016 Arc’teryx and AMGA Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp Announcement

The AMGA, in partnership with Arc’teryx, is proud to announce an exciting mentorship opportunity for current members. The Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp will allow 2 members to develop their guiding skills, network with experienced peers and professionals, and prepare for their next AMGA rock program. On September 21 and 22 of this year, the AMGA will […]

Brandon Phillips – 2016 Aspiring Young Guides Scholarship Recipient

I am a believer in the idea that an experience can change someone’s life.  I choose to believe this because it happened to me.  I tied in for the first time at age 22 and on that day my life changed. When I reflect upon it, it’s probably a pretty common story for most people […]

2016 Walker Family Foundation Scholarship Recipient – Jeff Witt

My first vision of becoming a mountain guide occurred in 1999, when I passed through the Tetons and took an Alpine Guiding Course from Exum Mountain Guides.  At the time, I was an aspiring rock and alpine climber that wanted to learn how to move faster on technical terrain.  It was impressive how the Exum […]

2016 Outdoor Research Scholarship Recipient – Viren Perumal

It is ironic that as a 17 year-old east Indian kid that was born in Thailand and grew up and went to high school in Tennessee would find a passion for ice climbing in the Canadian rockies.  This was my story and as unlikely as the start to my ice climbing story was all the […]

2016 Mike Hattrup Scholarship Recipient – Mike Abbey

It’s April 23, 2016 and I’m on a helicopter flying into the Selkirk Lodge in British Columbia. It’s a beautiful spring day. The sun is out, and we’ll have great views of the ski terrain on the way in. Today is Day 1 of the 2016 AMGA Ski Guide Exam. I am confident that it […]

AMGA Announces Partnership with Honey Stinger

(Boulder, Colo.) June 20, 2016 – The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), a 501 (c)(3) educational, non-profit dedicated to supporting the profession of American mountain guiding, announces their partnership with Honey Stinger, manufacturers of honey-based energy foods. Located in Steamboat Springs, Colo., Honey Stinger fuels the country’s top outdoor athletes with their extensive roster of nutritional products, including […]

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 […]