Our Partners

The AMGA inspires and supports a culture of American mountain craft by providing world-class and internationally recognized education, training, and certification to aspiring and professional guides. Our guides succeed because of our partner’s financial assistance, which pays for scholarships, programs, and many other AMGA initiatives. These partnerships also put us in a strong position to advocate for access for the guided public with land managers, legislators, and other industry partners. The AMGA is the only organization that comprehensively meets the needs of America’s mountain guides.


Platinum Diamond-$40,000 +
Official Training Sponsor of the Instructor Team and Title Sponsor of Annual Meeting

Official Training Sponsor of AMGA
Title Sponsor of Annual Meeting

Our Platinum Diamond partner is an exclusive partnership that makes the biggest impact with an annual minimum contribution of $40,000. They are the premier sponsor of the AMGA’s Instructor Team, pay for tuition scholarships, and are the title sponsor of the AMGA’s Annual Meeting.   W.L. Gore & Associates has been a Diamond Partner since 2005 and recently became our first and only Triple Diamond Partner in 2012. Gore-Tex provides support and assistance to AMGA’s instructor team, and they also offer a full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA course or exam.
Triple Diamond-$36,000 +
Official Apparel Sponsor of the Alpine Instructor Team

Official Apparel Sponsor of the Alpine Instructor Team

Marmot became an AMGA sponsor in 1993, and have since been leading the way as one of AMGA's greatest contributors. In 2014, they became a Triple Diamond Partner, as the Official Apparel Sponsor of the Alpine Instructor Team. In addition, Marmot provides one full tuition scholarship each year for an aspiring guide to use on a course or exam.
Double Diamond/Key Influencer-$20,000+

Our Key Influencer partner program is an exclusive partnership that allows guaranteed use of brands on our elite Instructor Team for AMGA at an annual minimum contribution of $20,000. The partnerships also gives priority to the most skilled, trusted, and talented guides in the United States, as well as the ability to utilize the AMGA Instructor team for field product testing.

ARCLOGO copyOfficial Sponsor of the Round Table Tour on Access, and Rock/Ski Instructor TeamArc'teryx has been a proud supporter of the AMGA since 1997 and became the Official Sponsor of the Round Table Tour in 2014. The Round Table Tour on Access provides a regional forum to discuss guided access and other advocacy issues affecting the guiding profession and our members. Arc'teryx also provides one full tuition scholarship for an AMGA course or exam each year.
Official Ski Sponsor of Instructor Team
Official Ski of Instructor Team
Dynafit North America has been a proud supporter of the AMGA since 2008. In May 2012, 13 mountain guides and members of the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides) from 12 countries traveled to North America to summit Denali (6,194 m/20,322 ft). The ski expedition and ascent was done within the framework of a symposium to discuss international exchanges. The 13 expedition members and trainers were testing a new ski, the "Denali". In 2014, the Denali ski is now the Official Ski of the AMGA Instructor team.
AdidasB&W copyOfficial Approach Shoe of Instructor Teamadidas Outdoor joined the AMGA in 2013. adidas Outdoor is the athletic brand in the outdoors. The company’s founder, Adi Dassler, designed equipment solutions for athletes that improved their performance. The long history of adidas Outdoor began in the 1970s with the creation of the first light trekking shoes. Climbing legend Reinhold Messner helped adidas design super light and fast approach hiking shoes for his first Everest ascent without supplemental oxygen in 1980. The tradition continues today with products influenced by Messner, as well as notable extreme outdoor adventurers from around the world.
Official Watch of the AMGAOfficial Watch of Instructor TeamCasio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products.
“OfficialOfficial Field Communication Sponsor of the Instructor TeamAs the Title Sponsor of AMGA Instructor Team Field communications, SPOT will be pivotal in ensuring the growth and longevity of the AMGA and its members. The company will offer support to AMGA, and will integrate their technology into its community of 3,500+ guides and aspiring guides, making their phones an integral resource in the mountain guiding community.
Diamond/Next Generation Partner-$15,000+

Our Next Generation Partners significantly impact the AMGA and our members through their sponsorship and subsidization of AMGA courses and exams. Their annual minimum contribution of $15,000 provides full-funding scholarships and program sponsorship for an entire calendar year, reducing the overall cost for all participants. Gaining guide education is a big commitment of both time and money, thanks to our Diamond Partners we are able to keep tuition as reasonable as possible for students to participate in our world class training programs.


Official Sponsor of Rock Guide Exam

Black Diamond Equipment partnered with the AMGA in 1992 and became a Diamond partner in 2004. They have been proudly sponsoring the Rock Guide Exam since. BD's sponsorship helps offset the direct cost of tuition, helping aspiring guides pursue their career dream of becoming a guide. In addition, BD provides one full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA course or exam.

Official Sponsor of the Alpine Guide Exam

Brooks Range Mountaineering Equipment partnered with the AMGA in 1998. Since that time Brooks Range Mountaineering has been the Official Rescue Sled Provider and as of 2014 is the Official Sponsor the Alpine Guide Exam. This sponsorship subsidizes the tuition costs for the Alpine Guide Exam. In addition, they provide one full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA course or exam.

Official Sponsor of the Advanced Alpine Guide Course & Aspirant Exam

Eddie Bauer joined the team in 2010 and is the official sponsor of all AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide Courses and Aspirant Exams, and they provide one full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA course or exam.

Official Sponsor of Rock Guide Course

Petzl partnered with the AMGA in 1990 and became a Diamond Partner in 2008. They are the Official Sponsor of the Rock Guide Course and they provide one full tuition scholarship each year for an AMGA advanced level course or certification exam. A percentage from Petzl's sponsorship is used to supplement other program revenues and to help keep tuition as reasonable as possible for students to participate in AMGA programs.
500-wide_patagoina_fitzroy copyThe AMGA welcomed Patagonia in 1990. The Patagonia brand mission is to build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.
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Smith Optics

Smith Optics joined the AMGA in 2014 at the Summit Level. Like the AMGA, Smith is dedicated to the craft. Their commitment to innovative technologies and unmatched dependability, designed and tested in the field, has them us the choice of guides, athletes, and explorers worldwide. The Chromapop lens with increase clarity, enhance color, scratch resistant, and shatter proof will be put to use by some of our Instructor Team members on their AMGA courses.
Benefactor Partners-$6,000+
Our Benefactors play a vital role in the AMGA’s continuing success, and a key component in the education of aspiring guides by offering partial or full-tuition scholarships. Their generosity means that up and coming guides  have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and training needed to be America’s best.


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Media Partners

Our Media partners play an important role in marketing the AMGA and our members by donating ad space every year.

Patron Partners-$2,000+

Our Patrons contribute each year to support AMGA initiatives across a wide range of activities. Joining as a Patron is often an effective first-step toward greater involvement.

Contributing Partners- $1000+

Partners can make a difference by becoming a Contributor. At this level companies help the AMGA sustain our core operations and program initiatives.

Supporting Partners – $500 +

Welcome to the AMGA. At the Supporter level companies ensure the AMGA is able to fulfill our mission of inspiring and supporting a culture of American mountain craft. Every dollar helps

Private Donors

The generous donations made by individual donors also significantly help the AMGA support and foster the mountain community. These people typically have a personal relationship with and an investment in the AMGA.

  • Albert C Bostwick
  • Jim and Donna Bold
  • John Cleary
  • Patricia Miller Cleary
  • King and Tracy Grant
  • Charles and Judy Goldman
  • Kyle and Cindy Lefkoff
  • Dan and Amy Nordstrom
  • Kyle and Allison O’Neil
  • Richard Parker
  • Larry Parker
  • Michael Parker
  • Scott and Cathy Soden
  • Dirk and Nancy Tyler
  • The Walker Family Foundation
  • John and Bridget Winsor

For more information contact Strategic Partnerships Manager Dana Richardson at [email protected] or by phone at 303.271.0984 ext. 2#, or Donate Now!