Micah Lewkowitz, Recipient of the 2015 Walker Family Foundation Scholarship

professionalism prəәˈfeSHəәnlˌizəәm/ (noun) the competence or skill, good judgment, and polite behavior expected of an expert in their field. I started guiding in 2006 for a small company based in Western Massachusetts, mostly toproping and backpacking trips along the Appalachian Trail. By 2008, I began guiding in the glaciated mountains outside Haines, Alaska. I remember, […]

John T. Young, Recipient of the 2015 Five Ten Scholarship

I have always loved being outdoors, exploring, getting muddy, crawling over and under things. Often when I would find a spectacular place or awe-inspiring view, I would drag a friend or family member along to share it. Not every outing was a success. Not every friend I dragged up a mountain or down a ravine was […]

Dave Ahrens, Recipient of the 2015 Five Ten/Randal Grandstaff Memorial Scholarship

2015 Five Ten/Randal Grandstaff Scholarship Video - Dave Ahrens from American Mountain Guides Assoc on Vimeo.

Dave Ahrens received the 2015 Five Ten/Randal Grandstaff Scholarship for his AMGA Advanced Ski Guide Course/Aspirant Exam this winter. Check out his video to see what the program is all about!

I would like to extend a huge thanks to Five Ten and the Randal Grandstaff Memorial Scholarship. Though this was a ski course, I also have a deep love for rock climbing, and though I never met Randal I know we shared a passion for rock climbing and introducing people to these passions we hold so high. […]

Miranda Oakley, Recipient of the 2015 Julia Cheney Culberson Educational Fund

When I first arrived in Yosemite almost ten years ago, I knew that it would be a part of my life forever. I arrived with less than $50 in my bank account and had simple dreams of getting a job washing dishes and climbing just high enough to see above the trees. As a young girl […]

James Turner, Recipient of the 2015 Eddie Bauer Scholarship

  My life as a climber started bumbling around New England ice falls, reading Kiss or Kill, Ice World, and trying not to epic. I happily relocated to Ouray, Colorado, late in 2001, drawn to the classic ice lines, the mountains, and the rich climbing history of the San Juan Range. Eventually, with the help […]

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 […]