New NPS Commercial Use Authorization Website

The National Park Service (NPS) has a new website for its Commercial Use Authorization program. A commercial use authorization (CUA) allows an individual, group, company, or other entity to conduct commercial activities and provide specific visitor services within a national park unit. The NPS issues CUAs for a wide range of commercial visitor services such […]

A New Meaning to Mentorship

men·tor·ship (n.) the guidance provided by a mentor, especially an experienced person in a company or educational institution AMGA men·tor·ship (n.) all of the above plus some added stoke and cold smoke The specific skill sets that are needed to become a Mountain Guide can be hard to learn by reading a book or watching […]

Access Secured in Ouray Ice Park

A new management agreement has been adopted by the City of Ouray and Ouray Ice Park, Inc. that secures 25% of visitor capacity for commercial and institutional group use. “This is a very positive outcome for the guiding community and is the result of a strong advocacy effort by Ice Park guides and guide services, […]

AMGA Climbing The Hill for Facilitated Access

Climb The Hill is an annual advocacy event hosted by the Access Fund and the American Alpine Club to educate Congressional representatives, policymakers, and top land management administrators on the importance of public lands, outdoor recreation, and improved climbing management. For the first time, the issue of facilitated access was part of the playbook for […]

Memorandum of Understanding Established with NPS

The AMGA has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Park Service (NPS) that strengthens the guiding community’s relationship with NPS and creates new avenues for collaboration on land-use management, stewardship, and planning. “The MOU establishes the AMGA, its members, and accredited businesses as a primary resource for NPS on matters related […]

Access Opened at Gate Buttress

We are pleased to announce a new access opportunity at the Gate Buttress in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT. After extended negotiations with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church), an agreement has been signed to allow guided rock climbing on 140 acres of private LDS Church property around the Gate Buttress. […]

Behind the Story: Après, the Fourth Discipline

Hello AMGA Membership, Did everyone see our April Fools’ Day video? If not check it out here! This spring we wanted to do something to bring a bit of humor to the table and to expose the AMGA to a broader audience. With the support of our corporate partners, this viral video effort reached over 200K consumers […]

The AMGA’s New Fourth Discipline

We are excited to introduce the Apres Discipline to the AMGA curriculum. “The AMGA realized that we are missing one critical component of our curriculum that the Europeans have expertly mastered…,” -AMGA Technical Director Dale Remsberg. The new discipline won’t add significant time to the overall progression of the Mountain Guide Program, and can be […]

Mobile Cribs with Jonathon Spitzer

Cribs is back! Well not really. But in true AMGA style, we’re showing you the envy of most pros — the most epic Mercedes Sprinter van! Today we get to peek into IFMGA/AMGA certified guide, Jonathan Spitzer’s EPIC traveling home. This beast looks like it can handle just about any adventure you set your mind too. Jealous […]

New USFS Recreation Special Uses Guide

The United States Forest Service (USFS) issues over 8000 special use permits every year for outfitting and guiding activities. These permits authorize the holder to conduct business on public land managed by the Forest Service. For decades, the process of obtaining a permit has been unpredictable and difficult due to variations in requirements from one […]