2017 Fallen Guides | Strength of Character Scholarship Recipient – Erik Thatcher

In the past year I focused heavily on growth in my skills as a guide. This growth started in March of 2016 with a Level Two AIARE course. It continued last summer with the AMGA Advanced Rock Guide Course in Estes Park, CO. This past February, it culminated with the AMGA Ice Instructor Course in […]

2017 Marmot Scholarship Recipient – Japhy Dhungana

As a Nepali immigrant who moved to the US when I was 15, I’ve nurtured a life-long goal to become an international mountain guide after seeing the likes of Guy Cotter, Mike Powers, Barry Bishop, and countless other illustrious guides come through Kathmandu and set their imprints on the mountainscapes of the Himalaya. My family […]

2017 Julbo Scholarship Recipient – KT Miller

I rolled down the trans Canada highway from Rogers Pass in the dark, semi-trailers buzzed by, in a rush to transport goods from east to west. Although I couldn’t see much, I knew the mountains were big, the biggest I’d been in since Chamonix or Alaska— inspiring and intimidating big. I had wanted to visit […]

Scott Chapman – 2016 Adidas Scholarship Recipient

My first course with the AMGA was the Rock Guide Course in 2013. At the time it was still called the Rock Instructor Course and the name has since changed. We were schedule to have the course in Joshua Tree, CA but the Government shutdown moved us to Red Rock, NV. I had been guiding […]

Nelson Day – 2016 Osprey Scholarship Recipient

The Rock Guide Exam is the last and most difficult exam in the AMGA rock program. It also signifies a greatly desired standard in the rock guiding industry. My aspirations and motivations in taking this exam were both personal and professional. On a professional level, the exam was an excellent source of feedback and direct […]

Yoshiko Miyazaki-Back – 2016 Brooks-Range Mountaineering Scholarship Recipient

Brooks-Range Mountaineering generously awarded me a Scholarship for 2016, which I applied towards the Alpine Guide Exam. I have had a close connection with Brooks-Range and their products ever since I was introduced to them during the Ski Guide Course in 2010. Brooks-Range kindly supplied all candidates with a hugely generous range of product. These […]

Geoff Lodge – Strength of Character Scholarship Recipient

  “Crampons on.”  “Axes out.”   “Here, snap into this loop for me.”  The first day of the Advanced Alpine Guides Course in the North Cascades is off and running!  Its my lead as we step onto the Eldorado Glacier.  I make the call as to how I want to protect the opening moves.  Five experienced […]

Erin Smart – 2016 Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund Recipient

I thank the AMGA and the Julie Cheney Culberson for helping me realize my decade long dream of becoming an IFMGA/AMGA mountain guide. The alpine exam I just took, with the help of the memorial fund allowed me to realize this dream. I began the AMGA process in 2010, with the Ski Guide Course. I […]

Geoff Schellens – 2016 Millet Scholarship Recipient

The bulk of the Advanced Alpine Guide Course / AE is an upper level alpine guide course with a few days of examination to achieve Aspirant status.  The focus is to push aspiring alpine guides on long difficult objectives with a variety of terrain and route finding challenges.  On September 7th the course started and […]

Lindsey Hamm – 2016 Gore-Tex Scholarship Recipient

On June 14, 2016 I participated in the Alpine Guide Course in Bishop, California with the American Mountain Guide Association. In 2015, I applied for a scholarship through the AMGA, hoping one of the sponsors would pick me so I could participate in this amazing guide course, and GORE-TEX North America picked me! We started […]