Part 7 in the OR/AMGA Climbing Fundamentals Video Series: Belaying: Assist from Above

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the seventh 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 Belaying: Assist from Above with AMGA Instructor Team Member Margaret Wheeler—enjoy the video, put it into practice, and safe and happy climbing out there! To watch […]

Caroline Gleich: Bringing Skills, Soul, and a Woman Guide’s Perspective to the AMGA

Recently, we here at the AMGA were thrilled to have a new member come on board: Caroline Gleich, a professional big-mountain skier based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. An experienced rock climber who’s been climbing regularly since the age of 15, Gleich, originally from Minnesota, cut her teeth on the trad climbs of Little […]

AMGA and Arc’teryx to Host 2015 Round Table Discussion Tour to Address Access & Guiding Issues in Community

Boulder, Colo. (May 20, 2015) – Following a successful 2014 tour, AMGA and Arc’teryx will be hosting a 2015 Round Table Discussion Tour. The tour, which is sponsored by Arc’teryx, aims to bring the guiding community together in order to address the issues and challenges that guides face. “We are proud to continue our support […]

AMGA and Arc’teryx to Host 2015 Round Table Discussion Tour to Address Access & Guiding Issues in Community

AMGA and Arc’teryx to Host 2015 Round Table Discussion Tour to Address Access & Guiding Issues in Community Boulder, Colo. (May 22, 2015) – Following a successful 2014 tour, AMGA and Arc’teryx will be hosting a 2015 Round Table Discussion Tour. The tour, which is sponsored by Arc’teryx, aims to bring the guiding community together […]

Part 6 in the OR/AMGA Climbing Fundamentals Video Series: Clove Hitch: Handshake Method

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the sixth 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 Clove Hitch: Handshake Method with AMGA Instructor Team Member Jeff Ward—enjoy the video, put it into practice, and safe and happy climbing out there! To watch […]

AMGA Announces Terrain and Supervision Guidelines

AMGA Announces Terrain and Supervision Guidelines Boulder, Colo. May 14, 2015 – The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Review Team announces updates to the Terrain and Supervision Guidelines. The Review Team, comprised of 11 voting AMGA members, met outside of Jackson Hole, Wyo., earlier this month in a landmark meeting to review and update the […]

Smith I/07 Ski Goggle Review

Mike Soucy, IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide, reviews the Smith I/07 Ski Goggles.  This winter season (2014/15), I wore the Smith I/07 Ski Goggles ($200–285) for roughly 30 days of skiing, including backcountry touring, inbounds, and mechanized, in Colorado and Alaska. My pair featured the black frame, with the option to use either the Ignitor Mirror […]

Eric Layton and Brendan Burns become first splitboarders to pass the Ski Guide Exam

In a historical first, first Eric Layton and Brendan Burns have become the first-ever people to pass the Ski Guide Exam (SGE) of the AMGA’s Ski Guide Program on a splitboard. While traditionally aspirant guides had to go through the entire program, including the SGE, on skis, a decision made at the 2013 Fall Technical […]

Eric Layton, Recipient of the 2015 F.O.R.G.E Scholarship

I’m so honored to be the recipient of the 2015 AMGA/F.O.R.G.E. Splitboard Guide Scholarship on behalf of Rick Gaukel. My deepest thanks to the AMGA and to the Gaukel family for making my Splitboard Guide Exam a possibility! Over the past ten years, I have been working toward becoming a fully certified splitboard guide, allowing […]

Part 5 in the OR/AMGA Climbing Fundamentals Video Series: Anchors: Three Piece

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the fifth 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 Anchors: Three Piece, with IFMGA Guide/AMGA Instructor Guide Angela Hawse—enjoy the video, put it into practice, and safe and happy climbing out there! To watch […]