Greetings from the AMGA Office.|
Spring is flying by and lots of things are going on at the AMGA. First and foremost, we recently certified 2 new IFMGA Guides! Way to go Angela and Caroline. There is also the AAC Exit Strategies Conference, the IFMGA Meeting coming to Boulder, some new AMGA Corporate Partners and a whole lot more.
| ||AMGA Certifies 2 New IFMGA Guides!|
Angela Hawse (left) & Caroline George
Congratulations to Angela Hawse and Caroline George for becoming the 59th and 60th IFMGA Guides (6th & 7th females respectively) certified by the AMGA. Both Angela and Caroline recently passed the Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam in Girdwood, Alaska - the final step in their quests to become internationally certified mountain guides.
This noteworthy achievement is the result of several years of hard work, sacrifice and probably a tiny bit of suffering by both Angela and Caroline. Their perseverance has paid off and now they join an elite group of approximately 50 women around the world that can call themselves IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guides.
| ||AMGA Exam Graduates|
Congratulations to all those that have passed an AMGA Exam in 2010. To date, we've run 3 exams with several more scheduled in the coming months.
Rock Instructor Exam Graduate
Rock Guide Exam Graduates
Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam Graduates
| ||America's Great Outdoors Listening Sessions|
If you have the time to make it out to one of the sessions, please do so. This is a great opportunity to increase awareness of the AMGA as well as the value of training and certification.
America's Great Outdoors Listening Sessions Kick Off in Montana on
Obama administration officials will be in Bozeman, Helena and Missoula,
Montana on June 2 to launch the "listening tour" component of the
America's Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative. At a White House conference
last month, President Obama signed a memorandum establishing the AGO initiative and its
goals: reconnect Americans, especially youth, to the outdoors; build
upon state, local, private and tribal priorities to develop a
comprehensive conservation agenda; and use science-based practices to
best manage and protect the nation's public lands for future
Beginning June 2 and continuing throughout the
summer, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture,
the Environmental Protection Agency and the Council on Environmental
Quality will collaborate on listening sessions across the country,
gathering information and ideas on how to promote conservation and
re-engage Americans with nature. "We must look to the private sector and
nonprofit organizations, as well as towns, cities and states, and the
people who live and work in them, to identify the places that mean the
most to Americans and leverage the support of the Federal Government to
help these community-driven efforts to succeed," said President Obama.
Industry Association has responded to the president's call to action.
OIA is contacting Montana-based member companies to bring the private
sector voice to next month's listening sessions. As both Secretary of
the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will
be present for the launch of the listening tour, OIA companies are in a
prime position to bring pertinent suggestions to the table.
tuned for updates on future locations for AGO listening sessions and
For more information, you can visit The White House website
Red Rock Canyon Threatened - Sign the Petition Now|
Photo: Renee HenryRed Rock canyon in Las Vegas is being threatened by developers. The locals are asking for the support of the climbing community. Please sign and then pass this along to others. Every signature counts. Thank you for getting involved.
AAC Exit Strategies Conference|
We invite top land managers, scientists, entrepreneurs, and wilderness participants from around the globe to discuss and formulate strategies for managing human waste in remote areas. The Exit Strategies conference will include general/plenary sessions, poster presentations, field-proven techniques and opportunities for focused problem solving.
Chrysler Jeep Brand and First Ascent Join the AMGA as Diamond Partners - ABS Avalanche Rescue Devices Joins as Supporting Partner|
|The AMGA is excited to add Chrysler/Jeep and First Ascent as Diamond Partners and ABS Avalance Rescue Devices as a Supporting Partner.|
non-profit organization, the AMGA relies largely on the generous support
contributing members and corporations to fund its operations. Thank you
to all of our Partners for allowing us the ability to continue our
mission to be the premier source for training, credentials and services
for professional mountain guides and climbing instructors in the United
States.The support of our partners is critical
to the success and vitality of our organization and the mountain guiding and
climbing instructor profession as a whole.
2010 IFMGA Fall Conference - Boulder, Colorado |
The IFMGA Fall Conference
will coincide with the AMGA Annual Meeting, and we're counting on our
Membership to attend and take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity. A few of the events are reserved
solely for the international delegates, but there are several others that will be open to
everyone. Our goal is to provide
ample opportunity for our members to interact with our guests from abroad. We will be hosting our usual Opening
Night and Main Events complete with product giveaways, eating, drinking,
raffle, silent auction and more. And while we've done away with the Professional Development Clinics this year there will be several, informal climbing days to allow for the sharing of knowledge/technique.
We have created a
blog just for the event - www.ifmga2010.com- and will be updating it as things progress. We'd like for anyone planning on attending to register, so
we can plan accordingly. Just
select the "registration" tab and complete the form. Registration is absolutely free. We've listed some recommended lodging options and are
working on securing a host hotel for the event. Regardless of where you choose to sleep, we suggest you take
care of it sooner rather than later. The event falls on the same weekend as a CU home football game so you
will be fighting for space with slew of rabid Iowa State Cyclones fans. We have secured group pricing at the
Hotel Boulderado. The rates and
booking information can be found at www.ifmga2010.com/?page_id67.
To guarantee the
success of the events we've reached out to our Corporate Partners and the
response has been amazing. To date
we've signed on The North Face as Title Sponsor; Black Diamond and
Patagonia as Moab Climbing Trip Co-sponsors; Outdoor Research and Petzl as
Opening Night Co-sponsors; Deuter USA, First Ascent, Five Ten, Mammut, Marmot, Osprey and W.L. Gore as Presenting
Sponsors; Arc'teryx, Brooks-Range, Mountain Hardwear and Prana as
AMGA T-Shirts |
We are sitting on an excess amount of men's size medium t-shirts and need to move them. If you are a men's medium and a fan of grey or navy blue, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the super special, limited-time price of $15 or 2 for $25 (plus shipping).
| ||Job Postings|
In an attempt to better serve our Accredited Programs, Certified Guides and Corporate Partners, we will be offering space in the monthly e-Newsletter to share job opportunities. This benefit is available to any current AMGA Accredited Program, Certified Guide or Corporate Partner. Postings must be submitted to email@example.com between the 1st and the 5th of every month in order to make the monthly e-Newsletter. Any postings submitted outside this time-frame will be deleted. Postings must be 125 words or less and will be reviewed and accepted or denied by the AMGA office staff. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Aspen Expeditions - Now Hiring
Aspen Expedtions is looking for an AMGA Rock and/or Alpine certified guide for our summer season - late June through late September. Aspen Expeditions is the largest and oldest guide service in Aspen, Colorado. We have two IFMGA guides on staff and encourage and embrace AMGA certifications. Please check www.aspenexpeditions.com. We guide all aspects of rock on Independence Pass as well as alpine and rock scramble routes up our technical 14'ers such as Capitol Peak, The Maroon Bells and Pyramid Peak. Please submit resumes to Dirk Bockelmann at email@example.com.
Brooks-Range - Part-Time Help at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
Brooks-Range is in need of 2 or 3 people to work part-time during the
show at their booth, answering questions regarding their product line.
They offering a daily rate,
admission passes for the show and your pick of one (1)
Brooks-Range product at the end of the show. The daily rate is based on
qualifications and certification level.
The dates for the
show are August 3rd through the 6th in
Salt Lake City. You would need to arrive on August 2nd around 2:00 PM
to stock the booth and depart on the 6th after 3:00 PM,
once the booth has been broken down.
contact Matt Brooks firstname.lastname@example.org
American Mountain Guides Association