Arc’teryx Just Announced Its First Ski Boot and Avalanche Airbag

AMGA Partner, Arc’teryx, long known as a leader in outdoor apparel, just made the jump into hard goods by announcing its first ski touring boot and avalanche airbag. Both products represent innovative rethinks of their respective categories, and officially go on sale in fall 2016. “This is the biggest product launch Arc’teryx has ever seen,” says Chris Denny, public relations […]

Petzl 9.2mm Volta 70m Rope Review – Dylan Taylor

In November, I had the fortune of testing a 70m Petzl Volta 9.2mm rope, just as I was road tripping through Indian Creek, Moab, Mesquite, and Red Rock. We dragged the rope up long Indian Creek fissures (and fell on it amply). We climbed towers with it. We rappelled on it, and we dragged it […]

Bluewater Ropes Lightening Pro 9.7mm, 70m double-dry REVIEW

It’s safe to say that we are experiencing the golden age of climbing equipment as manufacturers continue to shed weight and bulk. One category that continues to evolve is that of single rated climbing ropes. Now as thin as 8.7mm, many climbers are choosing to opt for the thinnest cords available to lighten their loads […]

Alpine Mentors

Alpine Mentors to start a new group in Colorado On October 4th, 2015 started the application period for the next regional Alpine Mentors program. The two-year mentorship program focuses on teaching judgment to proficient young climbers. Among the mentors will be Josh Wharton, AMGA Instructor, Vince Anderson, and AMGA member Steve House and many more. […]

Avatech launches the Avanet web and mobile platform

Today, Avatech launches the Avanet web and mobile platform, the first crowd-sourced platform for sharing mountain safety information. Avanet allows anyone in our mountain community, from backcountry skiers, to snowmobilers to mountaineers to snow professionals to share their observations, plan their routes, and enjoy the mountains more safely.   Avanet has a number of exciting new features: Crowdsourced mountain safety information – […]

AMGA Partner Backcountry Access Presents 5-Part Snow-Safety Video Series

AMGA Partner Backcountry Access (BCA) has just released a new, five-part series of free educational videos about snow safety and avalanche awareness. The five webisodes, collectively titled “BCA Backcountry Basics: Get the Goods without Getting Buried,” are designed to get new backcountry riders stoked on snow safety—as well as enrolled in avalanche courses. The videos can be accessed […]

Pete Keane & Tom Hargis Win 2015 AMGA Awards

During our Annual Meeting, at the Main Event, we announced the 2015 recipients for the AMGA Awards. Tom Hargis received the Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding Award and Pete Keane received the Outstanding Guide Award. Congratulations to the both of them! 2015 Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding Award – Tom Hargis Criteria for Award: The Lifetime Achievement in […]

Progress Update: Scope of Practice

We wanted to provide an update to the membership regarding progress of the Scope of Practice (in the summer of this year, the AMGA announced that the Terrain and Supervision Guidelines would be referred to as the Scope of Practice [SOP] going forward). The goal of revising the SOP is to enable AMGA guides (independent […]

Paul Koubek, recipient of the 2015 Brooks-Range Mountaineering Scholarship

This year, I was the fortunate recipient of the 2015 Brooks-Range Mountaineering Scholarship. This scholarship, funded by Brooks-Range Mountaineering, allowed me to attend the AMGA’s Alpine Guide Exam, held in the North Cascades of Washington State from September 8–18. Brooks-Range is a small company of mountaineers that provides a selection of innovative, top-quality equipment for […]

A Letter From Rob Hess, AMGA Board President

Dear AMGA Members, As the fall AMGA Annual Meeting and meeting of the Board of Directors draws closer, I wanted to take some time to discuss the state of affairs at the AMGA. In particular, the reasons, chronology of events and thought process behind the Scope of practice initiative and the timeline for its implementation […]