2017 Marmot Scholarship Recipient – Japhy Dhungana

As a Nepali immigrant who moved to the US when I was 15, I’ve nurtured a life-long goal to become an international mountain guide after seeing the likes of Guy Cotter, Mike Powers, Barry Bishop, and countless other illustrious guides come through Kathmandu and set their imprints on the mountainscapes of the Himalaya. My family […]

2017 Julbo Scholarship Recipient – KT Miller

I rolled down the trans Canada highway from Rogers Pass in the dark, semi-trailers buzzed by, in a rush to transport goods from east to west. Although I couldn’t see much, I knew the mountains were big, the biggest I’d been in since Chamonix or Alaska— inspiring and intimidating big. I had wanted to visit […]

How to Prepare for the AMGA Ski Guide Program | Part 1: The Skiing Standard – by Danny Uhlmann

How to prepare for the AMGA Ski Guide’s Program First, go read the prerequisites on the program website. I want to group the items on that list into three simple categories. This article only addresses the first category. 1) Skiing standard (raw ability) 2) Skiing experience (where/what/how have you done) 3) Toolkit contents (crevasse rescue, […]

Sharpening Tools

The AMGA, Petzl, and Outdoor Research are proud to present the first installment from our 10-part Ice and Self-Rescue Series, “Sharpening Tools”. In this video, you’ll learn some quick and easy ways to keep your ice tools sharp and ready. Sharp ice tools not only make the sport more enjoyable, but they also increase your […]

Packing for an AMGA Alpine Guide Course, Part 3 – By Angela Hawse

PART 3: APPAREL AND PERSONAL ITEMS Apparel and fashion is entirely a personal matter but these bare essentials are pretty standard – Softshell Pants – Two pair. One slightly heavier than the other. Both with a cargo pocket for holding a notebook or phone. I am a fan of Marmot’s Pingora and Scree Pants. Fleece […]

Packing for an AMGA Alpine Guide Course, Part 2 – By Angela Hawse

In Part 2, I’ll cover navigation, communication, and overnight essentials. If you’re flying you’ll have to make decisions on every piece of gear and it’s versatility before you cram it into your duffle/s. My hope is that these tips on what I bring and why, will help make sense of any questions you might have. […]

Packing for an AMGA Alpine Guide Course, Part 1 – By Angela Hawse

Objectives on the AMGA Alpine Guide Course aren’t as big and demanding as what’s to come on the AAGC/AE and Alpine Exam, but you should be thinking ahead and strive to keep everything light and tight. We don’t often do carry-overs on AGC’s but an alpine kit rather than an adapted rock kit (heavier) helps […]

Arc’teryx/AMGA Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp – Billy Haas

On September 21-22 of 2016, the AMGA, in partnership with Arc’teryx, ran a pilot mentorship program — the Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp. This two-day event consisted of low ratio (2:1) rock discipline specific training with the AMGA Technical Director, Dale Remsberg, in Boulder, CO. The camp offered the opportunity for two AMGA members to come […]

Arc’teryx/AMGA Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp – Lindsey Hamm

On September 21-22 of 2016, the AMGA, in partnership with Arc’teryx, ran a pilot mentorship program — the Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp. This two-day event consisted of low ratio (2:1) rock discipline specific training with the AMGA Technical Director, Dale Remsberg, in Boulder, CO. The camp offered the opportunity for two AMGA members to come […]

What Happens When It All Goes Wrong? – By Dale Remsberg

I have been climbing for 26 years and guiding for 23. Although I have responded to many accidents over the years, I’ve never had anything serious happen to me. Barry Blanchard, one of my climbing heroes, famously wrote in an email to a group of friends, “It finally happened.” He had broken the golden rule […]