Arc’teryx/AMGA Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp – Lindsey Hamm

On September 21-22 of 2016, the AMGA, in partnership with Arc’teryx, ran a pilot mentorship program — the Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp. This two-day event consisted of low ratio (2:1) rock discipline specific training with the AMGA Technical Director, Dale Remsberg, in Boulder, CO. The camp offered the opportunity for two AMGA members to come […]

What Happens When It All Goes Wrong? – By Dale Remsberg

I have been climbing for 26 years and guiding for 23. Although I have responded to many accidents over the years, I’ve never had anything serious happen to me. Barry Blanchard, one of my climbing heroes, famously wrote in an email to a group of friends, “It finally happened.” He had broken the golden rule […]

Scott Chapman – 2016 Adidas Scholarship Recipient

My first course with the AMGA was the Rock Guide Course in 2013. At the time it was still called the Rock Instructor Course and the name has since changed. We were schedule to have the course in Joshua Tree, CA but the Government shutdown moved us to Red Rock, NV. I had been guiding […]

Nelson Day – 2016 Osprey Scholarship Recipient

The Rock Guide Exam is the last and most difficult exam in the AMGA rock program. It also signifies a greatly desired standard in the rock guiding industry. My aspirations and motivations in taking this exam were both personal and professional. On a professional level, the exam was an excellent source of feedback and direct […]

2016 AMGA Board of Directors Election Results

We would like to thank all the candidates who ran this year for the AMGA Board of Directors, and to all members who participated in the voting process. The 2016 winners are: Silas Rossi Mike Poborsky Jason Martin This year we nearly doubled our number of active voting members as compared to 2015, in large […]

Colorado Mountain Club Seeking Director of Safety & Operations

The Colorado Mountain Club (“CMC”), a 501(c)(3) corporation was founded in 1912 and is one of leading outdoor organizations in the country supporting education, conservation and guided adventure. The CMC is seeking a Director of Safety and Operations who will report directly to the Executive Director and work closely with the Board of Director’s and […]

Yoshiko Miyazaki-Back – 2016 Brooks-Range Mountaineering Scholarship Recipient

Brooks-Range Mountaineering generously awarded me a Scholarship for 2016, which I applied towards the Alpine Guide Exam. I have had a close connection with Brooks-Range and their products ever since I was introduced to them during the Ski Guide Course in 2010. Brooks-Range kindly supplied all candidates with a hugely generous range of product. These […]

Geoff Lodge – Strength of Character Scholarship Recipient

  “Crampons on.”  “Axes out.”   “Here, snap into this loop for me.”  The first day of the Advanced Alpine Guides Course in the North Cascades is off and running!  Its my lead as we step onto the Eldorado Glacier.  I make the call as to how I want to protect the opening moves.  Five experienced […]

Erin Smart – 2016 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund Recipient

I thank the AMGA and the Julie Cheney Culberson for helping me realize my decade long dream of becoming an IFMGA/AMGA mountain guide. The alpine exam I just took, with the help of the memorial fund allowed me to realize this dream. I began the AMGA process in 2010, with the Ski Guide Course. I […]

Geoff Schellens – 2016 Millet Scholarship Recipient

The bulk of the Advanced Alpine Guide Course / AE is an upper level alpine guide course with a few days of examination to achieve Aspirant status.  The focus is to push aspiring alpine guides on long difficult objectives with a variety of terrain and route finding challenges.  On September 7th the course started and […]