AMGA Announces a New Executive Director

AMGA Announces a New Executive Director in Alex Kosseff Boulder, Colo. August 4, 2015 – The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), a 501 (c)(3) educational, non-profit dedicated to supporting and furthering the profession of American mountain guiding, announces a Alex Kosseff as its new Executive Director. Kosseff begins his new position at the important industry […]

Jeff Dobronyi, Recipient of the 2015 Chad Vander Ham Memorial Scholarship

On March 29, 2015, I packed up my apartment in the San Juans and headed north to Golden, British Colubmia, for the AMGA’s Advanced Ski Guide Course and Aspirant Exam (ASGC/AE). After a winter of Ski Guiding for San Juan Mountain Guides in Ouray, Colo., I was feeling ready to spend some time in a […]

American Mountain Guide Mike Soucy tests the Patagonia Crag Daddy Pack 45L

    I have been using the Patagonia Crag Daddy Pack 45L  for ~20 days of rock guiding and personal climbing in the Front Range of Colorado. I’ve used it for approaching multipitch climbs as well as carrying large loads of toproping equipment to the base of the crag. Approaches have been up to two hours long, […]

Ryan Huetter, recipient of the 2015 Mammut Scholarship

I am lucky to live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the birthplaces of multi-day ski traverses in the United States. And though I did not come from an alpine-skiing background growing up, I quickly realized upon moving here that learning to ski, namely learning how to ski in the backcountry, was going to […]

American Mountain Guide Geoff Unger tests the CAMP OVO Belay Plate

      I was excited to get my hands on the Camp Ovo belay device. For a long time, the Gigi from Kong was the only available entry in this market. In the field, the Ovo performed admirably. The main reason to have this device is to ease the burden of pulling ropes through […]

Casio PRO TREK Scales New Terrain With The American Mountain Guides Association

DOVER, N.J., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Casio America, Inc. is excited to announce that it has partnered with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). As part of the new partnership, Casio’s widely popular PRO TREK line will be the ‘official watch’ brand of the AMGA instructor team, and will equip the most talented mountain guides in the United States with outdoor timepieces that […]


The AMGA is excited to announce a new blog series, to run for the rest of 2015, featuring Q & As with AMGA guides, instructors, and members who are integral members of our corporate sponsors’ athlete teams—men and women who are delivering both in the guiding world and as ambassadors for their brands and chosen outdoor sport(s). There […]

A Q + A with 2012 GORE-TEX Scholarship recipient Jesse Williams

The AMGA recently had a chance to interview Jesse Williams, recipient of the 2012 GORE-TEX Scholarship, to get his thoughts on the scholarship, its benefits, the application process, and what he learned during his courses along the way. In addition to being an American Mountain Guide, Williams is also the manager of the Petzl Technical Institute, based […]

Jayson Simons-Jones, Recipient of the Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship

This past September [2014], I was the lucky recipient of the Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship for my AMGA Alpine Exam, the final exam in the process of achieving my IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide credential. This has been a long and sometimes slow road, a process that began with my Top-­Rope Site Manager Course & Exam in […]

Max Lurie, Recipient of the 2015 Gore-Tex Scholarship

As someone for whom alpinism is, by far, the preferred discipline of climbing, I am very grateful to have recently experienced the American Mountain Guides Association’s (AMGA) Ice Instructor Course (IIC). I am also scheduled to attend the Alpine Guide Course (AGC) this coming fall. Thanks to receiving scholarship funding from Gore-Tex, I spent five […]