John T. Young, Recipient of the 2015 Five Ten Scholarship

I have always loved being outdoors, exploring, getting muddy, crawling over and under things. Often when I would find a spectacular place or awe-inspiring view, I would drag a friend or family member along to share it. Not every outing was a success. Not every friend I dragged up a mountain or down a ravine was […]

Dave Ahrens, Recipient of the 2015 Five Ten/Randal Grandstaff Memorial Scholarship

2015 Five Ten/Randal Grandstaff Scholarship Video - Dave Ahrens from American Mountain Guides Assoc on Vimeo.

Dave Ahrens received the 2015 Five Ten/Randal Grandstaff Scholarship for his AMGA Advanced Ski Guide Course/Aspirant Exam this winter. Check out his video to see what the program is all about!

I would like to extend a huge thanks to Five Ten and the Randal Grandstaff Memorial Scholarship. Though this was a ski course, I also have a deep love for rock climbing, and though I never met Randal I know we shared a passion for rock climbing and introducing people to these passions we hold so high. […]

Miranda Oakley, Recipient of the 2015 Julia Cheney Culberson Educational Fund

When I first arrived in Yosemite almost ten years ago, I knew that it would be a part of my life forever. I arrived with less than $50 in my bank account and had simple dreams of getting a job washing dishes and climbing just high enough to see above the trees. As a young girl […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jayson Simons-Jones, Recipient of the Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship

This past September [2014], I was the lucky recipient of the Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship for my AMGA Alpine Exam, the final exam in the process of achieving my IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide credential. This has been a long and sometimes slow road, a process that began with my Top-­Rope Site Manager Course & Exam in […]

Max Lurie, Recipient of the 2015 Gore-Tex Scholarship

As someone for whom alpinism is, by far, the preferred discipline of climbing, I am very grateful to have recently experienced the American Mountain Guides Association’s (AMGA) Ice Instructor Course (IIC). I am also scheduled to attend the Alpine Guide Course (AGC) this coming fall. Thanks to receiving scholarship funding from Gore-Tex, I spent five […]

Eric Layton, Recipient of the 2015 F.O.R.G.E Scholarship

I’m so honored to be the recipient of the 2015 AMGA/F.O.R.G.E. Splitboard Guide Scholarship on behalf of Rick Gaukel. My deepest thanks to the AMGA and to the Gaukel family for making my Splitboard Guide Exam a possibility! Over the past ten years, I have been working toward becoming a fully certified splitboard guide, allowing […]

Arc’teryx Scholarship Recipient Eric Haskell

Recipient of the 2015 Arc’teryx Scholarship Eric Haskell shares his experience on his AMGA Ski Guide Course in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado. How many people are truly inspired by their work and have the opportunity to inspire others through their work? How many people can say they have the greatest job in the world? I feel […]