Brooks-Range Mountaineering Scholarship Recipient – Michael Wachs

The Foundation My first AMGA course was in Joshua Tree three years ago. I was the only one that had never guided a day in my life, and at 23 I was the youngest on the course. 6 years of recreational climbing had got me there and I felt humbled watching the instructors critique me […]

2017 Fallen Guides | Strength of Character Scholarship Recipient – Erik Thatcher

In the past year I focused heavily on growth in my skills as a guide. This growth started in March of 2016 with a Level Two AIARE course. It continued last summer with the AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course in Estes Park, CO. This past February, it culminated with the AMGA Ice Instructor Course in […]

Millet Trilogy Synth’x Down Hoodie Review – By Josh Kling

Every outdoor endeavor from spring to fall and the middle of winter needs some sort of puffy coat.  This is especially true when working high in the San Juan Mountains in the middle of winter.  This past fall, just before winter started, I received a Millet Trilogy Synth’X Down Hoodie. Since the fall this jacket […]

CAMP Storm Helmet Review – By Clint Cook

CAMP Storm Helmet Review I consider myself a climbing helmet snob. I have tried every helmet out there for the last 10 years, and have found only a couple that do well on all categories. Many are very light and comfortable, but not durable. Some are durable but offer less than ideal coverage or poor […]

2017 Marmot Scholarship Recipient – Japhy Dhungana

As a Nepali immigrant who moved to the US when I was 15, I’ve nurtured a life-long goal to become an international mountain guide after seeing the likes of Guy Cotter, Mike Powers, Barry Bishop, and countless other illustrious guides come through Kathmandu and set their imprints on the mountainscapes of the Himalaya. My family […]

2017 Julbo Scholarship Recipient – KT Miller

I rolled down the trans Canada highway from Rogers Pass in the dark, semi-trailers buzzed by, in a rush to transport goods from east to west. Although I couldn’t see much, I knew the mountains were big, the biggest I’d been in since Chamonix or Alaska— inspiring and intimidating big. I had wanted to visit […]

How to Prepare for the AMGA Ski Guide Program | Part 1: The Skiing Standard – by Danny Uhlmann

How to prepare for the AMGA Ski Guide’s Program First, go read the prerequisites on the program website. I want to group the items on that list into three simple categories. This article only addresses the first category. 1) Skiing standard (raw ability) 2) Skiing experience (where/what/how have you done) 3) Toolkit contents (crevasse rescue, […]

Sharpening Tools

The AMGA, Petzl, and Outdoor Research are proud to present the first installment from our 10-part Ice and Self-Rescue Series, “Sharpening Tools”. In this video, you’ll learn some quick and easy ways to keep your ice tools sharp and ready. Sharp ice tools not only make the sport more enjoyable, but they also increase your […]

Packing for an AMGA Alpine Guide Course, Part 3 – By Angela Hawse

PART 3: APPAREL AND PERSONAL ITEMS Apparel and fashion is entirely a personal matter but these bare essentials are pretty standard – Softshell Pants – Two pair. One slightly heavier than the other. Both with a cargo pocket for holding a notebook or phone. I am a fan of Marmot’s Pingora and Scree Pants. Fleece […]

Packing for an AMGA Alpine Guide Course, Part 2 – By Angela Hawse

In Part 2, I’ll cover navigation, communication, and overnight essentials. If you’re flying you’ll have to make decisions on every piece of gear and it’s versatility before you cram it into your duffle/s. My hope is that these tips on what I bring and why, will help make sense of any questions you might have. […]