High Sierras
American Mountain Guides Association
May 2010
In This Issue
New IFMGA Guides
Exam Graduates
America's Great Outdoors LIstening Sessions
Help Save Red Rock Canyon
Exit Strategies Conference
New Corporate Partners
2010 IFMGA Fall Conference
AMGA T-shirt Deal
Job Postings
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. 
Happy reading.

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
Marc Pietrolungo

Rock Guide Exam Graduates
Bill Dyer
Nathan Furman
Tico Gangulee
Viren Perumal
Matthew Pickren
Ryan Stefiuk
Alasdiar Turner
Jeff Witt

Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam Graduates
Mark Falender
Caroline George
Angela Hawse
Tyler Jones
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 June 2

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 generations.

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.

Outdoor 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.

Stay tuned for updates on future locations for AGO listening sessions and related events.

For more information, you can visit The White House website.
Red Rock Canyon Threatened - Sign the Petition Now

Photo: Renee Henry
Red 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.

Visit the site below to sign the petition:

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.

For more information, click on the link below:

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.

As a non-profit organization, the AMGA relies largely on the generous support of its 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.

jeep     firstascent     abs
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 Supporting Sponsors.
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 josh@amga.com for the super special, limited-time price of $15 or 2 for $25 (plus shipping).
Job Postings

helpwantedIn 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 josh@amga.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 josh@amga.com 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 info@aspenexpeditions.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.

If interested, contact Matt Brooks mbrooks@brooks-range.com

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