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 […]

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

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. […]