New Legislation Seeks to Improve Permitting System

Outdoor organizations and businesses across the country praised Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) today for introducing the Public Land Recreational Opportunities Improvement Act (PLROIA). This bipartisan legislation makes changes to the outfitter and guide permitting systems of the federal land agencies to make permits easier for outfitters and guides to […]

Manage Risk and Stay Connected with inReach

Professional guides and outfitters, as well as government, search and rescue, and avalanche organizations of all sizes use inReach® to enhance safety and stay connected, oriented and informed in the field. Cell phones and radios work great — until they don’t. Garmin inReach devices work around the world and provide a complete system for trip […]

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American Mountain Guides Association Announces Angela Hawse as new Board of Directors President

Hawse brings more than 35-years of guiding and leadership experience to the position Boulder, COLO. (October 29, 2018) – The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), an educational non-profit dedicated to supporting and furthering the profession of American mountain guiding, has named veteran guide and industry leader Angela Hawse as President of its Board of Directors. […]

Top 5 Tips for Permit Applications

          1. Meet with your land manager in person before submitting your application. This will show your commitment to building a relationship and being a good partner. 2. Demonstrate you are committed to resource protection. Describe in detail how you will apply each of the 7 LNT principles in your operation. […]

A Ski for Any Season…the DPS Alchemist Wailer 106

AMGA Instructor Team Member, Mike Soucy Reviews the DPS Alchemist Wailer 106 The “winter” of 2017-18 was an underperformer here in Colorado with erratic temps, meager snowfall, and plenty of disturbingly weak snow at the bottom of our snowpack. I was unaware of this future in November when I gazed daily at my Alchemist Wailer […]

WA Pass Guide Stewardship Day

The AMGA hosted a Guide Stewardship Day at Washington Pass on September 20, 2018 with 8 Washington-based climbing guides, 2 professional trail builders from the Access Fund Conservation Team, and 3 Forest Service climbing rangers from the Methow Valley Ranger District. They hardened and stabilized existing sections of trail to improve climber access to the Liberty […]

USFS Special Uses Webinar

Are you interested in providing guided climbing or skiing experiences for the public on Forest Service land? The USFS Special Uses Webinar will provide you with helpful information about the USFS recreation special uses program. You will learn how to submit a proposal and navigate the application process to obtain a special use authorization for guided activities […]

New AMGA Advocacy Program Website

The Advocacy and Policy Program has a new web presence on the AMGA website. Four new webpages provide resources for AMGA members. The pages include: Advocacy and Policy Program (mission, strategic pillars, and core values) Projects and Policy Statements (catalog of recent access projects and policy work) Current Initiatives (projects underway in the advocacy department) […]

AMGA Establishes MOU with the Forest Service

Matt Wade shakes hands with Tinelle Bustam, USFS National Assistant Director for Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources, after signing the AMGA-USFS MOU. The AMGA has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) that creates a formal line of communication for the AMGA and USFS to cooperate on mutually-beneficial programs, […]