AMGA Partner Backcountry Access Presents 5-Part Snow-Safety Video Series

AMGA Partner Backcountry Access (BCA) has just released a new, five-part series of free educational videos about snow safety and avalanche awareness. The five webisodes, collectively titled “BCA Backcountry Basics: Get the Goods without Getting Buried,” are designed to get new backcountry riders stoked on snow safety—as well as enrolled in avalanche courses. The videos can be accessed […]

Pete Keane & Tom Hargis Win 2015 AMGA Awards

During our Annual Meeting, at the Main Event, we announced the 2015 recipients for the AMGA Awards. Tom Hargis received the Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding Award and Pete Keane received the Outstanding Guide Award. Congratulations to the both of them! 2015 Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding Award – Tom Hargis Criteria for Award: The Lifetime Achievement in […]

Progress Update: Scope of Practice

We wanted to provide an update to the membership regarding progress of the Scope of Practice (in the summer of this year, the AMGA announced that the Terrain and Supervision Guidelines would be referred to as the Scope of Practice [SOP] going forward). The goal of revising the SOP is to enable AMGA guides (independent […]

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. […]