OR Scholarship Recipient Ron Funderburke on His Alpine Guide Course

I left home on June 5th to attend the AMGA Alpine Guides Course. On June 5th, I went to Burke’s graduation (his son), and once I said goodbye, with some sadness, I had to drive to Charlotte to catch my flight.  I caught up with Derek in Chicago, and we flew to Jackson, Wyo., together.  […]

Guide Beta: Pins & Bolts

Illustrations by Tom Hargis With 43 years guiding in the world’s great ranges, Exum Senior Guide and IFMGA/AMGA-certified legend Tom Hargis is also the only American to summit Gasherbrum IV. The 2004 recipient of the AMGA Lifetime Achievement in Guiding Award, Hargis here presents his expertise about fixed protection–how it works and how to evaluate […]

Welcome to the AMGA’s Annual Meeting

By Betsy Winter, AMGA Executive Director Welcome to autumn on the Front Range of Colorado. This is my favorite time of year; the air’s crisp coolness, the lack of moisture, and the eternal sunshine make our fine granite and sandstone crags world-class destinations. Tragically we can’t share most of these assets with our participants this […]

The Alpine Guide Course Exam: Prep, Purchases, & Getting Around Jackson Hole

By Ron Funderburke, an excerpt from his Outdoor Research Scholarship Report I had made certain preparations for my exam that are worth mentioning. First, I did more running that I would ever normally care to.  My typical run was an uphill mile to the south face of looking glass, 500-1000 feet of soloing 5th class rock […]

Boulder Floods Damage Climbing Access

AMGA joins other local and national organizations to offer money and expertise in trail restoration to local land managers. Steady, heavy rainfall that began on September 11 dumped two feet of water on Boulder County, causing widespread destruction of its extensive network of trails and access to those trails and the climbing beyond. From Eldorado […]

Government Shutdown & Access

By Scott Massey, AMGA Outreach & Advocacy Director Well, here’s the first Advocacy blog on the new site, and it’s a doozie.  It goes under the title of GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWNS, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Assess the Impacts that Congress’ Inability to Make Compromises Have on Me (and by me, I mean […]

BD Scholarship Recipient Andrew Councell Reflects on his Ski Mountaineering Exam

I recently spent a month in British Columbia’s Coast Range to prepare for, and take, an AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guides Exam. Overall, it was a great month, and my timing was quite good for both snow conditions and avalanche hazard. Fortunately, I passed the exam so it was time and money well-spent, and it marks […]

AMGA Report Reveals Guides Contribute Significant $ to Industry

The AMGA recently published its first annual State of the Guiding Industry Report (SOGI), which revealed the significant impact guides have on the outdoor industry as a whole. Not only do guides contribute millions of dollars in annual sales on guide-related equipment alone, says Executive Director Betsy Winter, but they also have a huge online […]

Big Year for IFMGA Guides

This year, five guides completed their IFMGA certification, including Andrew Councell and Eric Whewell, who are both from Boulder, Colo., Gary Falk of Ridgeway, Colo., Patrick Ormond of Ouray, Colo., and Jediah Porter of Bishop, Calif. These five join the 89 U.S. guides who have earned full certification in the rock, alpine, and ski guiding […]

Angela Hawse on her 5280 Magazine Interview

5280 Magazine featured Marmot and GORE-TEX® brand athlete Angela Hawse in a May 2013 article entitled, “Risky Business,” about various careers that “might make you love your nine-to-five desk job just a little bit more.” The article focuses on Hawse’s job as a heli-ski guide. Hawse told us in a recent email that she thinks […]