Gabe Coler – 2016 Mountain Hardwear Scholarship Recipient

This Ski Guide Exam was my last step in the process of becoming an AMGA Certified Mountain Guide.  This was a process that started twelve years ago in a cold New Hampshire November when I took my Rock Instructor Course with Marc Chauvin.  Back then I was rock guiding during the summer at Smith Rock, […]

Azissa Singh – 2016 Arc’teryx Scholarship Recipient

A month ago I had never been to Southern California. To Joshua Tree. To the Wonderland of Rocks. In the flaring, insecure chimney of “Right On.” On the unlikely, hollow crimps of “Walk on the Wild Side.” On the inspiring, exposed “Southwest Arête.” Just a month ago I was anxiously awaiting an AMGA Rock Guide […]

2016 Roundtable Tour Stop – Bend, OR – June 14th

We are kicking off our 2016 Round Table Tour in Bend, Oregon.  In partnership with Arc’teryx, this meeting will be unique in that stakeholders from all facets of the guiding/outdoor industry will be present to engage in a broader discussion about the U.S. permitting process and the common challenges we all face as commercial operators on our public lands. […]

Will Nunez’s Experience on the Crested Butte Ski Guide Course

This past February Irwin Guides hosted the American Mountain Guides Association Ski Guide Course (SGC) in Crested Butte, Colorado. The SCG is the longest course offered by the AMGA. The twelve days were packed with instruction and long ski tours in the Elk Mountains exceeding 4000’ in vertical elevation. It was imperative for me to […]

Colin Wann – 2016 Recipient of the Millet Scholarship

After letting go of the “How” I became enthralled with the “When” related to trainings and certifications with the AMGA. I have turned a corner and realized I am here for my own development as a guide and as a person. I am not here to fulfill requirements for land management red tape, job applications […]

Casey Graham – 2016 Mammut Scholarship Recipient

Over the course of my professional career in guiding and instructing in the outdoor industry, I have been a part of countless trainings, certification courses, and continuing education programs. Few, however, have compared to the quality and professionalism I have seen in the AMGA courses and exams I have taken. This winter, I found myself […]

How to Set Up a Planned Bivy

If you’re a minimalist, a bivy sack will significantly improve your camping trips. Here’s why from AMGA & BrooksRange.

SAVE the DATE – 2016 AMGA Annual Meeting

We are excited to announce the 2016 AMGA Annual Meeting is heading back to the Petzl Technical Institute this October 27-29th. This year aims to be bigger (with clinics on Thursday afternoon, Friday and Saturday), better, and with focus on technical training. More details to come soon.

How to Set Up a Non-Emergency Shelter

If you’re touring in the backcountry this spring, create the best bivouac shelter with these tips from AMGA Guide Mike Soucy & Brooks Range.


LINK to article: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction work holds the lowest percentage of female representation among surveyed occupations, comprising roughly nine percent. The second lowest? Ski guiding. That’s according to Jane Anderson, Logistics Coordinator with the American Mountain Guides Association, who notes that women comprise just 11 percent of ski-guiding […]