In Remembrance of Gary Falk

It is with heavy hearts that the American Mountain Guides Association conveys the news that we have lost one of our members—Gary Falk, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide, died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 while guiding the Grand Teton for Exum Mountain Guides. We ask that our community support Exum Mountain Guides, Gary’s friends, and especially […]

UPDATE to WFR Pre-Requisite requirement for AMGA Mountain Guide Programs

The AMGA Medical Advisor, Technical Director, Executive Director and Guide Program Manager have changed the language and hour requirement associated with the WFR pre-requisite for AMGA Mountain Guide Programs. The 80-hour course requirement has been removed and the new language will read as follows: Current CPR Certification Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification that meets […]

Kate McHugh – 2016 Patagonia Scholarship Recipient

What is the role of a rock guide?  Some may look at our industry and say that a guide must climb efficiently, never get the ropes tangled, and look sharp (thanks to Patagonia for the scholarship to take this course). While those things are true, there is so much more that builds the foundation for […]

Hokkaido Backcountry Club is Hiring!

Backcountry Lead Guide Hokkaido Backcountry Club, based out of Niseko, Japan is looking for qualified lead guides for our mechanized ski guiding operation in Northern Japan. HBC is now working directly with BDT (also advertised on this page) and we are dedicated to offering the highest level of guiding and backcountry skiing in Japan. Competitive […]

AMGA partners with Sweater Chalet

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), dedicated to supporting the profession of American mountain guiding, announces their partnership with Sweater Chalet. Sweater Chalet is the exclusive reseller of Dachstein Woolwear (DW), featuring mittens, gloves, socks, watch caps, and sweaters made by a small family of knitters in the Dachstein Mountains of Austria who use only 100% organic Austrian […]

2016 Arc’teryx and AMGA Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp Announcement

The AMGA, in partnership with Arc’teryx, is proud to announce an exciting mentorship opportunity for current members. The Rock Discipline Mentorship Camp will allow 2 members to develop their guiding skills, network with experienced peers and professionals, and prepare for their next AMGA rock program. On September 21 and 22 of this year, the AMGA will […]

Brandon Phillips – 2016 Aspiring Young Guides Scholarship Recipient

I am a believer in the idea that an experience can change someone’s life.  I choose to believe this because it happened to me.  I tied in for the first time at age 22 and on that day my life changed. When I reflect upon it, it’s probably a pretty common story for most people […]

2016 Walker Family Foundation Scholarship Recipient – Jeff Witt

My first vision of becoming a mountain guide occurred in 1999, when I passed through the Tetons and took an Alpine Guiding Course from Exum Mountain Guides.  At the time, I was an aspiring rock and alpine climber that wanted to learn how to move faster on technical terrain.  It was impressive how the Exum […]

2016 Outdoor Research Scholarship Recipient – Viren Perumal

It is ironic that as a 17 year-old east Indian kid that was born in Thailand and grew up and went to high school in Tennessee would find a passion for ice climbing in the Canadian rockies.  This was my story and as unlikely as the start to my ice climbing story was all the […]

2016 Mike Hattrup Scholarship Recipient – Mike Abbey

It’s April 23, 2016 and I’m on a helicopter flying into the Selkirk Lodge in British Columbia. It’s a beautiful spring day. The sun is out, and we’ll have great views of the ski terrain on the way in. Today is Day 1 of the 2016 AMGA Ski Guide Exam. I am confident that it […]