AMGA, Mountain Athlete Partner to Promote Mountain-Specific Fitness for Guides

AMGA, Mountain Athlete Partner to Promote Mountain-Specific Fitness for up and coming Mountain Professionals Soon, aspiring guides beginning their guide training through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) will be able to train sport-specifically for their courses. As part of an innovative partnership between the AMGA and Mountain Athlete, AMGA members taking the Ski Guide […]

Joshua Cole on Receiving the Walker Family Foundation Scholarship

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 American guiding remains distinctly different from that in Europe and Canada. Many American guides still struggle to make guiding a sustainable profession. By donating toward AMGA scholarships, the […]

G3 Survey Seeks Input from Guides

Tell Us More. Win Gear & Score Discounts from G3. Rooted deep in backcountry ski culture, G3’s mission has always been to improve your winter backcountry experience. G3 is one of the few remaining and truly authentic, independent winter backcountry brands. – See more by clicking here. We want to hear from you. Complete this survey to […]

Delap Teaches Basic Rescue Training to NPS employees

Karsten Delap recently returned from training National Park Service employees in basic rescue techniques. An AMGA Board member, Delap also serves on the board of the Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team. When that organization had an opportunity to send some folks to the National Park Service Basic Technical Rescue Training East, Delap applied to take the […]

Congratulations to all the AMGA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2014 AMGA Scholarship Recipients, listed below. Stay tuned for a more extensive blog article exploring the best ways to apply for scholarships, advice from our new recipients, and more about the process of applying. Arc’teryx Scholarship Nina Hance – Ski Guide Course Black Diamond Scholarship Karen Bockel – Advanced Alpine Guide Course/AE […]

New Member Special: $50 AMGA memberships, plus gift!

From now through the month of May, we are offering all new members $50 memberships. Take advantage of this new member special and get $25 off our standard membership fee, plus choose a gift of either an AMGA polar bottle or an AMGA t-shirt. Why join the American Mountain Guides Association? Your support is instrumental […]

Wrapping up Issue #3 (Spring/Summer) of the Guide Bulletin

We’re just a few weeks away from wrapping up the next issue of the GUIDE Bulletin! This issue’s theme is The Guiding Life (yes, the name of our blog). Our authors discuss their paths to guiding, what the guiding life is like, and much more. Watch out for some seriously awesome articles, including: A photo […]

An Icelander’s Path to AMGA Certification

Icelander Einar Ísfeld Steinarsson first started considering IFMGA certification in 2002. But at that time Iceland was not a member country of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association. However, as part of a mountain and para-rescue team, where he trained with the U.S. Marines in winter survival in the Icelandic interior, Greenland, and the United […] Helps Guides Get With the Times

What’s the difference between the guides, instructors, and local experts on Detour? A recent article on called, “Guides Get With the Times,” talks about just that in it’s article about Detour, a new online marketplace created by that connects guides/aspiring guides with clients. Featuring former AMGA Program Director, Henry Beyer, as well as AMGA-IFMGA […]

Smith Optics New ChromaPop Polarized Lenses Brighten the World


By Jeff Ward, American Mountain Guide (AMGA/IFMGA),  AMGA Instructor Team Member, & Owner North Cascades Mountain Guides The latest pair of sunglasses Smith Optics sent me came with the new ChromaPop Polarized Grey/Green lens.  I’m not sure what exactly is behind this new lens technology, but it works (read Adventure Journal’s review by clicking here […]