2012 Presidents Award: Joe Vitti


2012 Presidents Award winner Joe Vitti

Each year the President of the AMGA honors a guide or guides for an outstanding achievement or a lifetime of work.  The criteria for receiving the Presidents Award is unique and somewhat variable, nonetheless, highly regarded. We are proud to recognize Joe Vitti, senior guide for Alpine Endeavors, for his organization and presentation of the Saturday Night Live free clinics in the Gunks. The Saturday Night Live clinics came about in the summer of 2012, shortly after a tragic accident claimed the life of a new climber in the Gunks.  It was due to this unfortunate and tragic event that Joe was motivated to give back to the climbing community in a way that might one day prevent another tragic accident. This grassroots action led to six free climbing clinics that reached over 50 climbers in the New Paltz area.