The Rewards of AMGA Certification: Josh Jackson

Sam Hennessey belays as Tom Hargis makes a radio call

Photos & text by Josh Jackson, Apprentice Alpine & Rock Guide, Certified SPI and Rock Instructor and Eddie Bauer Scholarship recipient As a climbing guide for over 20 years, I have been blessed to be both a teacher and a student within the vertical world. As I have developed from a recreational climber into a […]

Brooks Range Scholarship Recipient Adam Butterfield

Adam Butterfield teaches Dale how to use a Mammut Alpine Smart belay device

By Adam Butterfield, Certified Rock Guide and recipient of the Brooks Range Scholarship The road back from injury is hard both physically, and mentally. Having seriously injured the TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex) while climbing last fall I was now well into four months of post-surgery rehab. I was feeling broken and wasn’t sure where guiding was […]

Matt Shove on Taking the Alpine Guide Course

The summit of Disappointment Peak.

Photos & text by Matt Shove, Certified Rock Instructor & Millet Scholarship Recipient My Alpine Guide course began with a four-connection flight to Jackson Hole, Wyo., with a late night pick up from Scott Perkins. Scott is a mutual friend, who turned out to be a great climbing partner for a few warm up climbs. […]

Joshua Cole on the AASGC/AE

JCole ASGC 3

Photos & text by Joshua Cole, Certified SPI, Apprentice Rock Guide, Assistant Ski Guide and Walker Family Foundation Grant recipient The AMGA is working to increase the professionalism, safety, and standard of guiding in our country. While the AMGA is succeeding in these aims, the culture of guiding remains distinctly different from Europe and Canada. […]

Millet Scholarship Winner: Jes Meiris

Photos & text by Jes Meiris, Assistant Rock Guide & Millet Scholarship Recipient My deepest thanks to Millet for making my Advanced Rock Guide Course (ARGC) a possibility! Throughout the ten-day course, I had the opportunity to meet eight other aspiring AMGA guides and three instructors, all of whom contributed their own background into our […]

Guiding Picked Me: Dave Heinbach

One of many glorious sunrises.

Photos & text by, Dave Heinbach, Apprentice Rock Guide and Marmot Scholarship Recipient I didn’t pick guiding; it picked me. A little kid walking the ridgeline of snow created by the plow truck, imagining a great peak. A desire lying dormant, while society says do this, be that, only to re-ignite when hands touch stone. […]

Nate Fitch: Report, Reflection & Thank You

SAMSUNG CSC

Text & photos by Nate Fitch, Certified SPI and Mountain Hardwear Scholarship Recipient The ten-­day Rock Guide Course was a truly great experience. I enjoyed this learning opportunity and was positively challenged by instructors and peers to get the most out of this course. I am truly thankful to the AMGA and to Mountain Hardwear […]

Nate McKenzie on the takeaways from his 1st AMGA Course

Nate Mckenzie

Photos, video, & text by Black Diamond Scholarship winner Nate McKenzie. Read more about Nate in the latest issue of the GUIDE Bulletin. It feels like the beginning of a long journey. Looking ahead at the courses, certifications, tuition, and exams required to become a fully-certified AMGA Mountain Guide is daunting. Or at least it […]

Emilie Drinkwater on receiving the Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund

Photos, video, & text by Emilie Drinkwater Today is the first day of the ski season. It’s far too early for good conditions, but I’m ready to get out anyway, to slide around on the dusting of slush that covers barely frozen grass and leaves. I’ve been on snow every month this year but I […]

Marmot Scholarship Advanced Alpine Guide Course/Aspirant Exam

By Brian Smith First of all, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Marmot and the AMGA for their support in offering me a scholarship for this course and aspirant exam. The burdens on guides in our country continue to grow, and your generosity is much appreciated. The physical and mental preparation […]