I put a pole in my puffy: how to navigate the Wapta Icefields

By Jesse Williams, UIAGM / AMGA guiding working with Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides LLC One time, at ski camp, I put a pole in my puffy. Doug, Pete, and I were headed late out of the gate on a week-long traverse of the Wapta Icefields in the Canadian Rockies. It had been a long night of […]

GUIDE Bulletin, winter issue

We’re in the throes of finishing up the winter 2013/2014 GUIDE Bulletin. It’s going to be a good one! We’ve fully covered the Annual Meeting in our Mountain Buzz news section, including an overview of the High Altitude Symposium, the awards ceremony, and the round table. We’ll be publishing Scott Massey’s Power Point Presentation in […]

High Altitude Symposium Highlight of AMGA Annual Meeting for Many

At this year’s Annual Meeting, the AMGA took the educational opportunities they offer to guides to the next level by organizing and hosting a one-day seminar on advanced mountain medicine for guides. Called the Advanced Mountain Medicine for Guides, it brought together experts in the medical industry with an audience of professional high altitude and […]

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 […]