Promoting a safe and supportive culture

Scholarship Report | Erin Laine | 2019 Patagonia Scholarship Recipient 3:27am. The time on my phone confirming once more that my sweaty elbows and racing thoughts were entirely inappropriate, and I should definitely be sleeping. resting up for the AMGA advanced ski guides course starting tomorrow-well today. One look at the roster and I had […]

Fall 2019 Guide Stewardship Events

The AMGA, local guides, and land managers have collaborated on three stewardship events at popular guiding venues this fall. Projects have taken place on the east side approach trail to Mt. Whitney (CA), the approach trail to the Liberty Bell Group at Washington Pass (WA), and at the Ouray Ice Park (CO). Groups of local […]

Improved Guide Experience Requirements on Denali

Denali National Park and Preserve (DENA) put forward a new, park-wide regulation in 2018 that stated all guides must climb a route before guiding it. The requirement limited guiding opportunities for guides, caused staffing difficulties for guide services, and in several cases prevented the public from being able to hire a guide for the route […]

Scholarship Report | Chris Cullaz

2019 Casio Scholarship Recipient | Chris Cullaz | Alpine Guide Course The timing of this course couldn’t be better, in a few weeks I will be flying up to Alaska for my second season guiding on Denali, where I will get to apply glacier travel techniques we learned and if the weather cooperates, guide more […]

AMGA Testifies Before Congress on SOAR Act

Advocacy and Policy Director, Matt Wade, was invited to testify before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands on the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act (SOAR Act). In front of numerous members of Congress and a packed audience, Wade introduced the AMGA, described the need for guides to have better access, […]

2019 ARC’TERYX ALPINE MENTORSHIP CAMP REPORT FROM Yoshiko Miyazaki-Back

About AMGA Mentorship Camps AMGA Mentorship Camps are low-ratio training opportunities for members going through the mountain guide programs. Mentorship Camps are unique in that they offer additional training and low-ratio coaching outside of the traditional AMGA mountain guide programs and assist with participant travel costs. In 2019 we are thrilled to be able to […]

2019 Arc’teryx Alpine Mentorship Camp Report from Viren Perumal

About AMGA Mentorship Camps AMGA Mentorship Camps are low-ratio training opportunities for members going through the mountain guide programs. Mentorship Camps are unique in that they offer additional training and low-ratio coaching outside of the traditional AMGA mountain guide programs and assist with participant travel costs. In 2019 we are thrilled to be able to […]

Expanding Skills on the ARGC – Zeb Blais

2019 ARGC Fallen Guides Testimonial – Zeb Blais “Off Belay!” – Before the words had a chance to echo off the steep rock above, the rope at our feet was moving. And fast. I finished tying the laces of my rock shoes just in time to feel the rope come tight on my harness.  “That’s […]

AMGA Comments on USFS NEPA Rulemaking

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise its procedures for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NPRM describes a number of proposals that would streamline the environmental review process for a variety of forest management actions. Most notably for the guiding community, the NPRM includes the […]

The Multi-Pitch Instructor Course & Exam

FAQS: the Multi-Pitch Instructor Course & Exam 2020 programs at the AMGA feature the all-new Multi-Pitch Instructor Course & Exam. The first Multi-Pitch Instructor Course & Exams will be held in Boulder, Colorado and North Conway, NH. Here is what you need to know about the MPI Certification.  Q. What is the difference between becoming an Apprentice Rock Guide, […]