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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Lisa Van Sciver I began this year’s guiding season with AMGA’s Rock Instructor Course. This course offered me 10 days of learning and working with others to enhance my guiding skills.The instructors offered a wealth of knowledge and constantly looked for opportunities to give us new skills. During my five years of guiding this […]
Lyra Pierroti, the 2012 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund recipient, sent us photos from her Rock Exam.
It’s done. Since 2007 I have been pursuing AMGA dreams. The American Mountain Guides Association trains and certifies guides. Just a couple weeks ago I successfully completed the final Ski Exam. In doing so, and having already passed similar exams on Rock and Alpine terrain, I have earned full “internationally-recognized” certification. The International Federation of […]
Eric Whewell, recipient of the 2012 Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship, sent us these photos from his ski exam.
In 2012, I was the fortunate recipient of the Walker Family Foundation Scholarship, which made it possible for me to attend the AMGA Rock Guide Course and Aspirant Exam in Red Rocks, Nevada that took place October 2-11, 2012. As a working guide with over 15 years of work experience leading groups in the outdoors […]
By Emilie Drinkwater, the 2012 Patagonia Woman’s Scholarship recipient Two winters ago I found myself slightly off-route and desperately run-out on a rime covered rock face not far below the summit of New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington. I glanced down at my two clients, huddled together while wind and icy sleet pellets blasted them from above. […]
The 2012 AMGA Ski Guide Course started off with a bang, and by bang, I mean a healthy Cascadian dose of rain, freezing rain, graupel, and fog. Two half-days of technique clinics on the ski area mixed well with an introduction and information sharing of down guiding considerations and techniques. Unfavorable weather conditions and complex […]