Meet Steve Banks

Sounds like the perfect childhood to us Steve Banks. 

Inside the AMGA | Interview with Jesse Littleton

  What do you know about our National Office operations? Our new series, inside the AMGA helps shed some light on our work. This month, learn more about our Mountain Guide Programs Manager, Jesse Littleton How long have you been at the AMGA and what did you do before working here?   I began work with […]

Meet Mike Soucy

Having self control can be overrated sometimes – just ask Mike Soucy    

The North Face | 2019 Ski Mentorship Camp Report

“I don’t want to spend 30 years figuring something out when I can learn the tricks from someone who has already spent 30 years figuring it out.  If you stack this up a couple generations it may be more like 100 years of tricks.” – Ben Markhart About AMGA Mentorship Camps AMGA Mentorship Camps are […]

TrainingBeta Power Endurance Program – Review By Albert Alvarez

Power Endurance – TrainingBeta The Power Endurance Program by TrainingBeta is definitely worth the investment and as long as you stick to the program, you’ll see some very noticeable results. There are two very huge advantages that aren’t clearly stated when you purchase the plan. Firstly, you get customer support that is always ready to […]

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 […]