Millet Scholarship Recipient Szu-ting Yi

Recipient of the 2015 Millet Scholarship Szu-ting Yi shares her experience on her March 2015 Rock Guide Course in Joshua Tree National Park, California. I have wanted to take an AMGA Rock Guide Course for the past three years. I knew that the course could not only enhance my climbing knowledge but also equip me with […]

Certified AMGA Ski Guide Peter Inglis Killed in Cornice Fall in Alaska

  It is with sadness that the AMGA learned of the passing, on April 1, of Certified Ski Guide Peter “Pi” Inglis, 55, a longtime fixture on the slopes of his home in Telluride, Colorado, and on Denali, Alaska, where he often led clients to the summit. Inglis was guiding for the Ultima Thule Lodge […]

Dealing with Performance Anxiety, Children: Part III

By Arno Ilgner, Certified SPI. This is the third in a series of articles on how guides can deal with performance anxiety. Read the first post and the second post. It’s important for children to be active, participating in some physical activity, to create healthy bodies and minds. Physical activity engages the body and helps […]

AMGA and Outdoor Research Launch Climbing Fundamentals Video Series

  American Mountain Guides Association and Outdoor Research Launch Climbing Fundamentals Video Series -Collaboration showcases 12 principal climbing skills taught by AMGA-   Boulder, Colo. (April 14, 2015) – American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and its longtime partner, Outdoor Research, have released part one of a new video series showcasing the 12 principal climbing skills […]

Brooks Range Scholarship Recipient Adam Butterfield

By Adam Butterfield, Certified Rock Guide and recipient of the Brooks Range Scholarship The road back from injury is hard both physically, and mentally. Having seriously injured the TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex) while climbing last fall I was now well into four months of post-surgery rehab. I was feeling broken and wasn’t sure where guiding was […]

Yoga for Guides, Part III: Asanas to do at home

Heidi Yoga in India

By Richard Parker, Rock Instructor & Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor In the first article (Yoga for Guides, Part I), I discussed some of the areas of the body that take a beating from guiding and some of the poses used to address them. In the second article I discussed meditation and how it relates to […]

Review: Iridium’s GO! Wi-Fi–Based Satellite Phone Device

Ryan Huetter, Certified AMGA Rock Guide, reviews the Iridium GO! Wi-Fi–based satellite-phone device.   As working guides in the backcountry, we have become increasingly reliant on the technology that goes into our guiding packs. Whether it is for navigation, communication or documentation, most of us are carrying multiple pieces of electronics on our guiding assignments. […]

Warriors, Way: Dealing With Performance Anxiety, Part II

By Arno Ilgner, Certified SPI. This is the second in a series of articles on how guides can deal with performance anxiety. Read the first post. In the last lesson we developed intellectual awareness about performance anxiety while we are guiding/instructing. We understood how the brain works and about the mental shift we need to […]

Matt Shove on Taking the Alpine Guide Course

The summit of Disappointment Peak.

Photos & text by Matt Shove, Certified Rock Instructor & Millet Scholarship Recipient My Alpine Guide course began with a four-connection flight to Jackson Hole, Wyo., with a late night pick up from Scott Perkins. Scott is a mutual friend, who turned out to be a great climbing partner for a few warm up climbs. […]

Joshua Cole on the AASGC/AE

JCole ASGC 3

Photos & text by Joshua Cole, Certified SPI, Apprentice Rock Guide, Assistant Ski Guide and Walker Family Foundation Grant recipient The AMGA is working to increase the professionalism, safety, and standard of guiding in our country. While the AMGA is succeeding in these aims, the culture of guiding remains distinctly different from Europe and Canada. […]