Inside the DeLorme InReach Explorer – Mike Soucy

The DeLorme InReach Explorer is a great addition to the guides’ toolbox for emergency response and communication. It combines the two-way communication features of the InReach SE with a full GPS navigation and tracking capabilities; providing a multi-functional piece of technology for your pack. All of this in a package that’s about half the size and […]

Heel Lifter

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the second installment in our 8-part Skiing Fundamentals Video Series, showcasing the principal skills taught on AMGA’s certification courses. This week’s skill is Heel Lifter: Here are some things to think about when deciding which height to set your heel lifters in while touring. Check out AMGA for more information about hiring […]

New Possible Yosemite Guiding Opportunities

Dear AMGA Members and Friends, Right now, Yosemite National Park is developing a new version of their Wilderness Stewardship Plan, which is the document that directs all activities in 94% of the park, including almost all of the climbing, for the next several decades. The Wilderness Stewardship Plan was last updated in 1989. The plan […]

What’s Weighing You Down

  Ski guiding encompasses a broad spectrum from mechanized guiding to overnight touring even to off-piste ski guiding out of a resort. I adjust my kit based on the type of ski guiding I’m doing, same as you would, if doing a day of top rope climbing versus a long multi-pitch route. For me it […]

Beacon Check

This week, Outdoor Research and AMGA are proud to present the first installment in our 8-part Skiing Fundamentals Video Series, showcasing the principal skills taught on AMGA’s certification courses. This week’s skill is Beacon Check: Checking your avalanche beacon (transceiver) before every ski tour is very important. Here is an efficient way to complete the check. Check out AMGA for more information […]

Avanet for Everyone

Check out Avatech’s new animation video for Avanet.  The AMGA has been using Avanet around the country to share information, plan routes, and have a one stop shop for maps.  We think the route planning is especially powerful and were proud to have been intimately involved with the development,  

I2 Ice Instructor Course Incident

As many of our members may already know, the AMGA had a significant incident on the I2 Ice Instructor Course on Tuesday January 5, 2016. The purpose of this blog post is to update our membership and interested parties on the status of those involved, to shed light on the facts of the incident and […]

La Sportiva Pegasus 2.0 Primaloft Jacket review – Michael Soucy

As an avid backcountry skier, ice climber, and mountaineering guide, I generally use two different types of puffy jackets. There’s the big fat down version, which goes on when I stop moving, and there’s the thinner synthetic version, which goes on when I’m moving kind of slowly in really cold temps. Sportiva’s Pegasus 2.0 fits […]

Summary of AMGA Forums on Inclusion from 2015 Annual Meeting

Summary of Forums on Inclusion and Report to the Board of Directors On Thursday, October 22 at the 2015 Annual Meeting, the AMGA hosted forums on inclusion led by Erica Engle and Derek DeBruin. The focus of the forums was gender inclusion in our guides’ association and the guiding industry at large. The forums were […]

European Professional Card

European Professional Card (EPC) | Update The AMGA Technical Director Dale Remsberg and AMGA President Rob Hess recently traveled to Zermatt, Switzerland for the 50th anniversary of the IFMGA and the fall general assembly. Here is an important update in regard to the European Professional Card (EPC) from the meeting. The EPC allows EU Mountain […]