Part 2 in the OR/AMGA Climbing Fundamentals Video Series: Cleaning Top Rope Anchors

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the second 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 Cleaning Top Rope Anchors, with AMGA Instructor Team member Margaret Wheeler—enjoy the video, put it into practice, and safe and happy climbing out there! To […]

Review: CAMP’s Photon wire straight gate biner

CAMP Speed 2.0 Photo

Mike Soucy, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, recently reviewed CAMP USA’s Speed 2.0 Photon Wire Straight Gate Carabiner. I tested CAMP’s Photon Wire straight gate carabiner on just under a dozen routes, from South Platte multipitch traditional rock climbing to waterfall ice pitches and mixed alpine climbs in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Photon is a […]

The Rewards of AMGA Certification: Josh Jackson

Sam Hennessey belays as Tom Hargis makes a radio call

Photos & text by Josh Jackson, Apprentice Alpine & Rock Guide, Certified SPI and Rock Instructor and Eddie Bauer Scholarship recipient As a climbing guide for over 20 years, I have been blessed to be both a teacher and a student within the vertical world. As I have developed from a recreational climber into a […]

Smith Nomad Sunglasses, a Review

AMGA-Certified Guide Rob Coppolillo reviews the Smith Nomad sunglasses with “ChromaPop” lens.   At first, I was skeptical of the Smith Nomad sunglasses ($269) when I took them out of the box. They seemed too light, with a wire frame that would seemingly go destructo in less than a week. Turns out they’re titanium, so you […]

Millet Scholarship Recipient Szu-ting Yi

Recipient of the 2015 Millet Scholarship Szu-ting Yi shares her experience on her March 2015 Rock Guide Course in Joshua Tree National Park, California. I have wanted to take an AMGA Rock Guide Course for the past three years. I knew that the course could not only enhance my climbing knowledge but also equip me with […]

Certified AMGA Ski Guide Peter Inglis Killed in Cornice Fall in Alaska

  It is with sadness that the AMGA learned of the passing, on April 1, of Certified Ski Guide Peter “Pi” Inglis, 55, a longtime fixture on the slopes of his home in Telluride, Colorado, and on Denali, Alaska, where he often led clients to the summit. Inglis was guiding for the Ultima Thule Lodge […]

Dealing with Performance Anxiety, Children: Part III

By Arno Ilgner, Certified SPI. This is the third in a series of articles on how guides can deal with performance anxiety. Read the first post and the second post. It’s important for children to be active, participating in some physical activity, to create healthy bodies and minds. Physical activity engages the body and helps […]

AMGA and Outdoor Research Launch Climbing Fundamentals Video Series

  American Mountain Guides Association and Outdoor Research Launch Climbing Fundamentals Video Series -Collaboration showcases 12 principal climbing skills taught by AMGA-   Boulder, Colo. (April 14, 2015) – American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and its longtime partner, Outdoor Research, have released part one of a new video series showcasing the 12 principal climbing skills […]

Brooks Range Scholarship Recipient Adam Butterfield

By Adam Butterfield, Certified Rock Guide and recipient of the Brooks Range Scholarship The road back from injury is hard both physically, and mentally. Having seriously injured the TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex) while climbing last fall I was now well into four months of post-surgery rehab. I was feeling broken and wasn’t sure where guiding was […]

Yoga for Guides, Part III: Asanas to do at home

Heidi Yoga in India

By Richard Parker, Rock Instructor & Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor In the first article (Yoga for Guides, Part I), I discussed some of the areas of the body that take a beating from guiding and some of the poses used to address them. In the second article I discussed meditation and how it relates to […]