Tico Gangulee – Marmot Scholarship Recipient

I am in no way the best skier in Houston, Texas. I can’t really say accurately that I’m the best ski guide in Houston. I am, however, without a doubt the most qualified ski guide in Houston, having passed my final AMGA exam, the Ski Guide Exam, with financial help from Marmot. My ten year journey to […]

Andrew Plagens: Forge Scholarship Video 2016

Snowboarding is one of the great passions in my life. Since the age of 4 I have had the privilege and opportunity to slide downhill with a large piece of wood strapped to my feet. When I moved to Colorado I discovered that a lot more riding existed beyond the resort and into the backcountry. […]

Zack Novak, 2016 Recipient of the Petzl Scholarship

I grew up about as far from skiing as possible, both physically and conceptually. No one in my family skied, and home was in Jerusalem, Israel. So I knew very well that as part of my progression down the road to becoming an American Mountain Guide would be to focus hard on the ski discipline. […]

Ian Fowler, 2016 Chad Vander Ham Scholarship Recipient

I was notified that I would be the 2016 Chad Vander Ham award recipient while in a small Colorado town camping with my family. To say I was excited was an understatement! I was honored to have been selected to keep the memory of Chad alive through the scholarships. The fact that my video was […]

Chris Sinatra, 2015 Young Aspiring Guides Scholarship Award Recipient

Smith Rock is where I learned to climb, so many years ago.  Standing on this rim when I was 9 filled me with a sense of adventure and a yearning for the unknown that would change the course of my life.  Taking the AMGA Rock Guide Course here seemed like a perfect way to bring everything […]

Paul Koubek, recipient of the 2015 Brooks-Range Mountaineering Scholarship

This year, I was the fortunate recipient of the 2015 Brooks-Range Mountaineering Scholarship. This scholarship, funded by Brooks-Range Mountaineering, allowed me to attend the AMGA’s Alpine Guide Exam, held in the North Cascades of Washington State from September 8–18. Brooks-Range is a small company of mountaineers that provides a selection of innovative, top-quality equipment for […]

Zahan Bilmoria, recipient of the 2015 Black Diamond Scholarship

I wanted to thank Black Diamond for stepping up and providing a full-ride scholarship for my Advanced Alpine Guide Course and Aspirant Exam. This was my next-to-last step toward my final certification—and an important step toward diversifying and improving my craft. For me, the defining characteristic of the program I took—and of guide certification in general—is […]

Mia Tucholke, Recipient of the 2015 Petzl Scholarship

Mia Tucholke received the 2015 Petzl scholarship for her AMGA Alpine Guide Course in Boulder, CO. Check out her video from the course!

The Alpine Guide Course in Boulder, Colorado, this past May was an excellent course taught by great instructors and shared with amazing peers. We had hoped for more (any?!) alpine time, but the weather and winds didn’t cooperate with us. Instead, we ended up with a techy course, something my engineering brain embraced with passion. […]

Michael Horst, Recipient of the 2015 Strength of Character Scholarship

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude and to say thank you to the family members and friends of Matt Hegeman and Eitan Green, who have created and supported this scholarship. Like Matt and Eitan were, I am working toward full certification as a mountain guide. This scholarship was applied to the […]

Jaclyn Kuusinen, Recipient of the 2015 Patagonia Scholarship

Reflections from an AMGA Rock Guide Course Teaching and guiding rock climbing comprise the most rewarding career I can imagine. Technical rock climbing is the most interesting, challenging, and engaging activity I’ve ever encountered, and sharing my passion with others brings me great joy, and hopefully enriches the lives of those who choose to climb with […]