2017 Casio America Scholarship | Add Kongsingh

I would like to sincerely thank CASIO America for the scholarship that made the 2017 AMGA Rock Guide Course possible for me. There are no words to express how fortunate I am for this opportunity. I am also very grateful to the awesome instructors who ran this incredible course, Dale Remsberg, Joey Thompson, and Ian […]

2017 Young Aspiring Guide Scholarship | Sarah Newsome

Hello, This is Sarah Newsome, I am currently a splitboard guide and a AIARE instructor in Lake Tahoe during the winters, and a whitewater guide during the summers.  My husband and I also own, run and operate a large blueberry farm in Pennsylvania.  The bushes go dormant during the winter, so farming works perfectly with […]

2017 Gore-Tex Scholarship | TJ Ciotti

“Find what you love to do and figure out a way to get paid for it.” These are words from my high school science teacher – who is responsible for teaching me to climb – that have shaped and influenced the direction of my career. It’s been half a decade since my first AMGA course […]

2017 Dynafit Scholarship | Jake Gaventa

Dynafit Scholarship testimonial American Mountains Guides Association ASGC/AE April 2017 By Jake Gaventa Skiing is fun. I didn’t grow up with snow as I originate from the hills and hollers of east Tennessee. With the forecast of snow, school would be canceled and if the storm did not validate, we used our sleds on wet […]

2017 Adidas Scholarship Recipient | Nate Emerson

This spring I had the opportunity to take the Advanced Ski Guides Course and Aspirant Exam in Valdez, Alaska. As a career mountain guide, each step in the AMGA Mountain Guide program provides me with increasing guiding acumen and greater benefit for my clientele. I am grateful to be the recipient of the 2017 Adidas […]

2017 Mountain Hardwear Scholarship | Zach Lovell

I first heard of the AMGA from an American Mountain Guide in Chamonix, France. To be more specific, I met him in the Gouter Hut, after I clumsily knocked his boots over in the dimly lit entryway. I asked about the patches he was brandishing on his jacket and he happily fulfilled my curiosity, “This […]

2017 Mammut Scholarship | Trevor Ellsworth

I am excited and proud to announce that, two days ago, I finished my first step into the guide track programs with the AMGA. It was an extremely beneficial experience and I am excited for what my future holds with the American Mountain Guides Association. My attendance on this program would not have been possible […]

2017 Chad Vander Ham Scholarship | Ray Hughes

I hear he used to say “nice.” I hear he loved wine, to cook, to make soup. I hear he loved to ski. A decade later, I can still remember exactly what I was doing when the news came across Eurosport. Sitting in my apartment in Bern, Switzerland, 375km away, the words rang out, “Two […]

2017 Jim Ratz Memorial Scholarship | Paul Koubek

The 2017 AMGA Ski Guide’s Exam run by Evan Stevens and Jeff Ward at the Fairy Meadows (aka Bill Putnam) Hut in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia exceeded all expectations. Jeff and Evan demonstrated a skill level that well exceeded the expected standard, and conducted an exam that was simultaneously educational and rigorous. Days […]

2017 Millet Women’s Scholarship | Holly Barrass

In March 2017 I had the privilege of attending my Rock Guide Course with the AMGA. Having been through the SPI program I knew this course was the next step to expand my professional and personal climbing. Between injury and working for small non-profits with limited budgets I had not been able to make the […]