Paul Koubek, recipient of the 2015 Brooks-Range Mountaineering Scholarship

This year, I was the fortunate recipient of the 2015 Brooks-Range Mountaineering Scholarship. This scholarship, funded by Brooks-Range Mountaineering, allowed me to attend the AMGA’s Alpine Guide Exam, held in the North Cascades of Washington State from September 8–18. Brooks-Range is a small company of mountaineers that provides a selection of innovative, top-quality equipment for […]

A Letter From Rob Hess, AMGA Board President

Dear AMGA Members, As the fall AMGA Annual Meeting and meeting of the Board of Directors draws closer, I wanted to take some time to discuss the state of affairs at the AMGA. In particular, the reasons, chronology of events and thought process behind the Scope of practice initiative and the timeline for its implementation […]

Brooks-Range Mountaineering seeking new members for ambassador team

AMGA partner Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment is seeking climbers, guides, and mountain athletes for their ambassador team. See below for more information. Want to join the Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment ambassador team? Get outfitted in the highest-quality outdoor gear, test and review our latest products, and have a new platform to share your adventures with the world. Learn […]

Zahan Bilmoria, recipient of the 2015 Black Diamond Scholarship

I wanted to thank Black Diamond for stepping up and providing a full-ride scholarship for my Advanced Alpine Guide Course and Aspirant Exam. This was my next-to-last step toward my final certification—and an important step toward diversifying and improving my craft. For me, the defining characteristic of the program I took—and of guide certification in general—is […]

A Quick Summary of the Jackson and Fayetteville round table meetings

Here, we present a summary written by Dale Remsberg about his trips to two recent Round Table Discussions, regular meetings that allow members to connect with AMGA staff, hear about our recent initiatives and advocacy efforts, and discuss national and local guiding issues. On August 26 and September 1, Dale Remsberg traveled to Jackson, Wyoming, and Fayetteville, West Virginia, […]

The physical impact of summer guiding, a small study

There’s no denying that a long, active guiding season changes your body, from the increased wear-and-wear on your shoulders and knees to the overall changes to your fitness level from long days in the hills with a big pack on, covering lots and lots…and lots of terrain. You can certainly notice those changes subjectively—the ripped calves, bulging quads, […]

Mia Tucholke, Recipient of the 2015 Petzl Scholarship

Mia Tucholke received the 2015 Petzl scholarship for her AMGA Alpine Guide Course in Boulder, CO. Check out her video from the course!

The Alpine Guide Course in Boulder, Colorado, this past May was an excellent course taught by great instructors and shared with amazing peers. We had hoped for more (any?!) alpine time, but the weather and winds didn’t cooperate with us. Instead, we ended up with a techy course, something my engineering brain embraced with passion. […]

Video and Scholarship celebrate the life of Liz Daley

On September 29, 2014, the AMGA guide and professional climber and snowboarder Liz Daley lost her life in an avalanche in Argentine Patagonia, while descending Cerro Vespignani, close to Fitz Roy. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, she was 29 at the time of her passing. It was a loss felt deeply within the guiding and mountain-sport communities. […]

AMGA Guide Rob Coppolillo Reviews the Mammut 9.5 Infinity Dry Rope

First off, full disclosure: I’ve been using Mammut ropes for 20 years, by choice and quite happily—and as long as I’m spilling the beans, Mammut provided this rope for free (to test, of course!). So, two strikes against me in terms of objectivity—but, I must say, I summoned my best journalistic integrity to give the Infinity […]

Michael Horst, Recipient of the 2015 Strength of Character Scholarship

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude and to say thank you to the family members and friends of Matt Hegeman and Eitan Green, who have created and supported this scholarship. Like Matt and Eitan were, I am working toward full certification as a mountain guide. This scholarship was applied to the […]