CAMP XLC Nanotech Crampons – Semi Automatic


This is the first in our series of reviews on CAMP USA’s Nanotech models. Text & photos by Jonathon Spitzer I recently used and will continue to use the CAMP XLC Nanotech Crampons – Semi Automatic for a variety of mountaineering-type activities such as ski mountaineering and general mountaineering. I tested these crampons out on […]

Guiding Picked Me: Dave Heinbach

One of many glorious sunrises.

Photos & text by, Dave Heinbach, Apprentice Rock Guide and Marmot Scholarship Recipient I didn’t pick guiding; it picked me. A little kid walking the ridgeline of snow created by the plow truck, imagining a great peak. A desire lying dormant, while society says do this, be that, only to re-ignite when hands touch stone. […]

Irreplaceable: a tribute to Mark Miller

Mark Miller 3

Text by Clint F. Cook, American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. Photos courtesy of Bill Grasse & Jeff Witt. Mark Miller is irreplaceable. His passing will have an everlasting effect on many communities throughout the mountains. His life had a much more profound effect. When I first arrived in Ouray, I was a psyched young guide nervous […]

Nate Fitch: Report, Reflection & Thank You


Text & photos by Nate Fitch, Certified SPI and Mountain Hardwear Scholarship Recipient The ten-­day Rock Guide Course was a truly great experience. I enjoyed this learning opportunity and was positively challenged by instructors and peers to get the most out of this course. I am truly thankful to the AMGA and to Mountain Hardwear […]

Yoga for Guides

Yoga for Guides

By Richard Parker, Rock Instructor & Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor A big part of managing life as a professional guide is staying healthy (mind, body, and spirit) to meet the demands of the work. Keeping the body flexible, balanced, and strong is generally not too tough for those in their 20’s. As folks move into […]

Fallen Guides: Honoring Mark Miller & Dave Rosenbarger

It is with great sadness that we are publishing this blog. As most of you likely already know, we lost two guides this January—Dave Rosenbarger and Mark Miller. Last year was a difficult year in terms of loss for the guiding community, and so the staff at the AMGA decided we needed to do more […]

Nate McKenzie on the takeaways from his 1st AMGA Course

Nate Mckenzie

Photos, video, & text by Black Diamond Scholarship winner Nate McKenzie. Read more about Nate in the latest issue of the GUIDE Bulletin. It feels like the beginning of a long journey. Looking ahead at the courses, certifications, tuition, and exams required to become a fully-certified AMGA Mountain Guide is daunting. Or at least it […]

Check out the 2015 Wilderness Photo Contest winners!

Photo by Angela Hawse

Numerous Wilderness Photo Contest photos are spread throughout the Winter 2014/2015 edition of the GUIDE Bulletin. Check out those photos and many entries that didn’t make it on our Photo Contest Page.

Emilie Drinkwater on receiving the Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund

Photos, video, & text by Emilie Drinkwater Today is the first day of the ski season. It’s far too early for good conditions, but I’m ready to get out anyway, to slide around on the dusting of slush that covers barely frozen grass and leaves. I’ve been on snow every month this year but I […]

Dylan Taylor reviews the adidas Terrex Ndosphere hoodie jacket


American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide Dylan Taylor tested the adidas Terrex Ndosphere hoodie jacket over 20 days while guiding in Utah, California, and Chamonix, France and during a Rock Guide Course fall 2014. According to Taylor, the Terrex is lightweight, flexible, and a good extra layer for pretty much any season. Check out our Q&A with […]