Millet Scholarship Winner: Jes Meiris

Photos & text by Jes Meiris, Assistant Rock Guide & Millet Scholarship Recipient My deepest thanks to Millet for making my Advanced Rock Guide Course (ARGC) a possibility! Throughout the ten-day course, I had the opportunity to meet eight other aspiring AMGA guides and three instructors, all of whom contributed their own background into our […]

Guiding Picked Me: Dave Heinbach

One of many glorious sunrises.

Photos & text by, Dave Heinbach, Apprentice Rock Guide and Marmot Scholarship Recipient I didn’t pick guiding; it picked me. A little kid walking the ridgeline of snow created by the plow truck, imagining a great peak. A desire lying dormant, while society says do this, be that, only to re-ignite when hands touch stone. […]

Nate Fitch: Report, Reflection & Thank You


Text & photos by Nate Fitch, Certified SPI and Mountain Hardwear Scholarship Recipient The ten-­day Rock Guide Course was a truly great experience. I enjoyed this learning opportunity and was positively challenged by instructors and peers to get the most out of this course. I am truly thankful to the AMGA and to Mountain Hardwear […]

Nate McKenzie on the takeaways from his 1st AMGA Course

Nate Mckenzie

Photos, video, & text by Black Diamond Scholarship winner Nate McKenzie. Read more about Nate in the latest issue of the GUIDE Bulletin. It feels like the beginning of a long journey. Looking ahead at the courses, certifications, tuition, and exams required to become a fully-certified AMGA Mountain Guide is daunting. Or at least it […]

Emilie Drinkwater on receiving the Julie Cheney Culberson Educational Fund

Photos, video, & text by Emilie Drinkwater Today is the first day of the ski season. It’s far too early for good conditions, but I’m ready to get out anyway, to slide around on the dusting of slush that covers barely frozen grass and leaves. I’ve been on snow every month this year but I […]

Marmot Scholarship Advanced Alpine Guide Course/Aspirant Exam

By Brian Smith First of all, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Marmot and the AMGA for their support in offering me a scholarship for this course and aspirant exam. The burdens on guides in our country continue to grow, and your generosity is much appreciated. The physical and mental preparation […]

Joey Thompson: Doug Parker & Roger Baxter-Jones Memorial Scholarship

Joey Thompson has guided full time since 2002, the year he took his first AMGA course. In March 2011, he became a licensed mountain guide in the United States. On March 2, 2014, with financial assistance from the AMGA’s Doug Parker & Roger Baxter Jones Memorial Scholarship, he became an American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. He […]

What it takes: the Alpine Guide Course, 1st in the Alpine Discipline

By Andy Hansen, recipient of the Five Ten Scholarship Last month I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the AMGA’s Alpine Guide Course in Boulder, Colorado. I was also fortunate enough to have been awarded a Five Ten Scholarship, which partially funded the course. The course is the first in the Alpine discipline […]

Mike Hattrup Scholarship Recipient on the Benefits of Mentorship

By Chris Marshall, recipient of the Mike Hattrup Scholarship Throughout my career and progression to become a ski guide, avalanche forecaster, and educator, mentorship has played a crucial role in my development. I find myself seeking out mentors to pick discuss, techniques, and personal experiences, ultimately wishing to identify with, and emulate those that I […]

Making the best of 10 feet of snow during the Ski Guide Course

By Mammut Scholarship Recipient, Max Tepfer Simply put, mountains, and the sports that allow me to travel in them, are my passion. For the past five years, I’ve been building my life in such a way that allows me to pursue those passions to the fullest extent that I can. Perfecting this lifestyle is an […]