How to Prepare for the AMGA Ski Guide Program | Part 1: The Skiing Standard – by Danny Uhlmann

How to prepare for the AMGA Ski Guide’s Program First, go read the prerequisites on the program website. I want to group the items on that list into three simple categories. This article only addresses the first category. 1) Skiing standard (raw ability) 2) Skiing experience (where/what/how have you done) 3) Toolkit contents (crevasse rescue, […]

Sharpening Tools

The AMGA, Petzl, and Outdoor Research are proud to present the first installment from our 10-part Ice and Self-Rescue Series, “Sharpening Tools”. In this video, you’ll learn some quick and easy ways to keep your ice tools sharp and ready. Sharp ice tools not only make the sport more enjoyable, but they also increase your […]

Packing for an AMGA Alpine Guide Course, Part 3 – By Angela Hawse

PART 3: APPAREL AND PERSONAL ITEMS Apparel and fashion is entirely a personal matter but these bare essentials are pretty standard – Softshell Pants – Two pair. One slightly heavier than the other. Both with a cargo pocket for holding a notebook or phone. I am a fan of Marmot’s Pingora and Scree Pants. Fleece […]

Packing for an AMGA Alpine Guide Course, Part 2 – By Angela Hawse

In Part 2, I’ll cover navigation, communication, and overnight essentials. If you’re flying you’ll have to make decisions on every piece of gear and it’s versatility before you cram it into your duffle/s. My hope is that these tips on what I bring and why, will help make sense of any questions you might have. […]

Packing for an AMGA Alpine Guide Course, Part 1 – By Angela Hawse

Objectives on the AMGA Alpine Guide Course aren’t as big and demanding as what’s to come on the AAGC/AE and Alpine Exam, but you should be thinking ahead and strive to keep everything light and tight. We don’t often do carry-overs on AGC’s but an alpine kit rather than an adapted rock kit (heavier) helps […]

Dealing with Performance Anxiety, Children: Part III

By Arno Ilgner, Certified SPI. This is the third in a series of articles on how guides can deal with performance anxiety. Read the first post and the second post. It’s important for children to be active, participating in some physical activity, to create healthy bodies and minds. Physical activity engages the body and helps […]

Yoga for Guides, Part III: Asanas to do at home

Heidi Yoga in India

By Richard Parker, Rock Instructor & Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor In the first article (Yoga for Guides, Part I), I discussed some of the areas of the body that take a beating from guiding and some of the poses used to address them. In the second article I discussed meditation and how it relates to […]

Warriors, Way: Dealing With Performance Anxiety, Part II

By Arno Ilgner, Certified SPI. This is the second in a series of articles on how guides can deal with performance anxiety. Read the first post. In the last lesson we developed intellectual awareness about performance anxiety while we are guiding/instructing. We understood how the brain works and about the mental shift we need to […]

Yoga for Guides, Part II: Meditation

Young Woman Meditating Outdoors

By Richard Parker, Rock Instructor & Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor In the first article (Yoga for Guides, Part I), I discussed some of the areas of the body that take a beating from guiding and some of the poses used to address them. This piece focuses on breathing techniques and meditation. The third in this […]

Yoga for Guides

Yoga for Guides

By Richard Parker, Rock Instructor & Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor A big part of managing life as a professional guide is staying healthy (mind, body, and spirit) to meet the demands of the work. Keeping the body flexible, balanced, and strong is generally not too tough for those in their 20’s. As folks move into […]