AMGA Rock Guide Lindsay Fixmer Tests the Patagonia Cragsmith Pack 35L

 The Patagonia Cragsmith Pack 35L, intended as the ideal sport climber’s pack, is so much more. Aside from an overnight in which I needed a larger-volume pack, there hasn’t been an outing in which I haven’t used this pack since its arrival in early June. This perfectly sized pack quickly became my day climbing and […]

James Turner, Recipient of the 2015 Eddie Bauer Scholarship

  My life as a climber started bumbling around New England ice falls, reading Kiss or Kill, Ice World, and trying not to epic. I happily relocated to Ouray, Colorado, late in 2001, drawn to the classic ice lines, the mountains, and the rich climbing history of the San Juan Range. Eventually, with the help […]

AMGA Rock Guide Lindsay Fixmer Reviews the Julbo MonteRosa Sunglasses

Bringing the Spectron 4 and Camel (Category 2–4) lens to the sunglasses and glacier-glasses market, Julbo is at the forefront of versatility. And the good news is, you can use either lens with the women’s-specific MonteRosa sunglasses. The Camel lens adjusts to different environments, changing according to the intensity of brightness and glare. Whether I […]

AMGA Announces a New Executive Director

AMGA Announces a New Executive Director in Alex Kosseff Boulder, Colo. August 4, 2015 – The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), a 501 (c)(3) educational, non-profit dedicated to supporting and furthering the profession of American mountain guiding, announces a Alex Kosseff as its new Executive Director. Kosseff begins his new position at the important industry […]

Jeff Dobronyi, Recipient of the 2015 Chad Vander Ham Memorial Scholarship

On March 29, 2015, I packed up my apartment in the San Juans and headed north to Golden, British Colubmia, for the AMGA’s Advanced Ski Guide Course and Aspirant Exam (ASGC/AE). After a winter of Ski Guiding for San Juan Mountain Guides in Ouray, Colo., I was feeling ready to spend some time in a […]

American Mountain Guide Mike Soucy tests the Patagonia Crag Daddy Pack 45L

    I have been using the Patagonia Crag Daddy Pack 45L  for ~20 days of rock guiding and personal climbing in the Front Range of Colorado. I’ve used it for approaching multipitch climbs as well as carrying large loads of toproping equipment to the base of the crag. Approaches have been up to two hours long, […]

Ryan Huetter, recipient of the 2015 Mammut Scholarship

I am lucky to live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, one of the birthplaces of multi-day ski traverses in the United States. And though I did not come from an alpine-skiing background growing up, I quickly realized upon moving here that learning to ski, namely learning how to ski in the backcountry, was going to […]

American Mountain Guide Geoff Unger tests the CAMP OVO Belay Plate

      I was excited to get my hands on the Camp Ovo belay device. For a long time, the Gigi from Kong was the only available entry in this market. In the field, the Ovo performed admirably. The main reason to have this device is to ease the burden of pulling ropes through […]

Casio PRO TREK Scales New Terrain With The American Mountain Guides Association

DOVER, N.J., July 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Casio America, Inc. is excited to announce that it has partnered with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). As part of the new partnership, Casio’s widely popular PRO TREK line will be the ‘official watch’ brand of the AMGA instructor team, and will equip the most talented mountain guides in the United States with outdoor timepieces that […]


The AMGA is excited to announce a new blog series, to run for the rest of 2015, featuring Q & As with AMGA guides, instructors, and members who are integral members of our corporate sponsors’ athlete teams—men and women who are delivering both in the guiding world and as ambassadors for their brands and chosen outdoor sport(s). There […]