Mammut 2012 Scholarship Recipient Ian Havlick on taking the Advanced Alpine Guide Course

Ian Havlick was the 2013 Mammut Scholarship recipient. Here is the account from his Rock Instructor Course.  In late April 2013, I made the drive from Crested Butte, Colo., in south Central Colorado, to central Oregon and Smith Rock State Park, where the American Mountain Guides Association hosted the entry-level course for the rock and […]

2012 GORE-TEX Scholarship recipient Jesse Williams

I would like to thank Gore-Tex for their support of American mountain guides. I was the fortunate recipient of the 2012 AMGA GORE-TEX® scholarship, which I applied toward the Ski Mountaineering Exam in Roger’s Pass, British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies, Alberta. With a unique blend of Alps-scale terrain, huts and helicopter access, combined with a […]

Rossi/Doucette Send 2 Years Running

On April 20, Silas Rossi and Peter Doucette climbed Twisted Stair (V WI6 R/X M6+, 2,300′), a new route on Mt. Johnson (8,460′). This article was originally published in Issue #1 of the GUIDE Bulletin, August 2013. Of the route, Rossi says: “On a route where you’re doing a first ascent like that, it’s always […]

2012 Lifetime Achievement in Guiding Award: Matt Brooks

The Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding Award is to honor outstanding Americans, who by their efforts over a period of years, have made contributions of significant value to the profession of mountain guiding. Matt Brooks has been supporting the AMGA and the guiding profession for nearly two decades. As the founder of Brooks-Range Mountaineering, Matt […]

2012 Guide of the Year Award: Marc Chauvin

In recent years the Guide of the Year award has gone to recipients who have achieved something significant in their personal guiding or climbing. This year we are proud to recognize a guide for his efforts in educating and mentoring future guides. Marc Chauvin began teaching guide courses for the AMGA in 1984. He is […]

2012 Industry Award: Outdoor Research

Salt Lake City, Utah – Outdoor Research (OR),  a leading, independent manufacturer of outdoor apparel and accessories, is the 2012 recipient of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Industry Award. AMGA Executive Director, Betsy Winter, will present the award to Dan Nordstrom, President; Alex Kutches, President; and Christian Folk, Grassroots Marketing Manager, at this year’s […]

2012 Presidents Award: Joe Vitti

Each year the President of the AMGA honors a guide or guides for an outstanding achievement or a lifetime of work.  The criteria for receiving the Presidents Award is unique and somewhat variable, nonetheless, highly regarded. We are proud to recognize Joe Vitti, senior guide for Alpine Endeavors, for his organization and presentation of the […]