High Sierras
American Mountain Guides Association
June 2010
In This Issue
Access Update
2010 IFMGA Fall Conference
America's Great Outdoors LIstening Sessions
Board of Directors Nominations Open
Accreditation & CIP News
Exit Strategies Conference
Partner News
Job Postings
Greetings from the AMGA World Headquarters.
Summer is less than a week away and things are moving right along here in Boulder.  We're definitely staying busy, but still managing to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and we hope you are too.  In this issue we touch on access, exit strategies, the IFMGA Meeting and a whole lot more.

So without further ado...the June e-Newsletter.
Access Update

leigh_goldbergWe are excited to see some new momentum in the access realm for the AMGA with the recent hiring of Leigh Goldberg. The Access Director position was created in response to the expressed needs of the AMGA membership. By allocating the resources necessary to support a staffed position, the AMGA feels it can more effectively do its part in representing the interests of the American mountain guide and climbing instructor communities.
Leigh joins the AMGA with a background in Marketing, Consulting and Public Relations. She has served organizations and brands in the Outdoor Industry as a Consultant and formerly with Backbone Media. Leigh graduated cum laude in Sociology from Princeton University.
Leigh's first priority is to develop a Strategic Plan that outlines short and long-term goals pertaining to access for the AMGA. She will also serve as point of contact for the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA), regional representatives, state and federal land managers, and other key groups and agency officials. In this newly formed position at the AMGA, Leigh will address current and emerging issues, strategic budget planning, external operations and outreach.
During her first month on board, Leigh created a report summarizing actions the AMGA has taken over the past 17 years pertaining to access and public policy. If you would like to receive a copy of this report, please call the AMGA office or email Leigh at access.director@amga.com.
2010 IFMGA Fall Conference - Boulder, Colorado

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The IFMGA Fall Meeting is headed to Boulder, Colorado this coming November.  To view the event schedule, go here - www.ifmga2010.com/?p=17.  Beyond a few private dinners, this event is open to the entire AMGA membership and we encourage everyone to attend.  Registration is absolutely free.

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, Boulder Rock Club, Brooks-Range, Mountain Hardwear and Prana as Supporting Sponsors.
America's Great Outdoors Listening Sessions

Leaders from a dozen outdoor industry companies in Montana participated in the first round of public input on America's Great Outdoors (AGO). Drawing nearly 300 participants, the Bozeman session kicked off a series of summer listening sessions to shape Obama administration policy on conservation and re-engaging Americans with the outdoors. Similar sessions were held in Helena and Missoula.

"Federal support through programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is critical to protecting open space, habitat and outdoor recreation sites. The great outdoors is a big part of who we are in Bozeman and key to our economy," said Conrad Anker, world-renowned climber and mountaineer, and employee of The North Face in Bozeman.

Representing a spectrum of conservation, sportsmen, ranching/farming, recreation, environmental and tribal interests, participants spoke on the pros and cons of local control in land use; promoted access to public and private lands/waters for hunting, fishing and recreation; and highlighted Bozeman's programs to get kids active and outdoors. Strong support was voiced for full and dedicated funding of LWCF.

The administration will hold additional listening sessions across the country during the coming months. There have been no public announcements thus far about the dates and locations of the future sessions.

President Obama declares June 2010 as National Great Outdoors Month

With summertime here, warm weather and summer break from school make the great outdoors ideal destinations for individuals and families to engage in healthy outdoor recreation activities. To encourage Americans to recognize and enjoy the beauty and recreation opportunities that our nation's outdoor spaces offer, President Obama declared June 2010 as National Great Outdoors Month.

"In these difficult economic times, renewing our commitment to our natural places will foster jobs in the tourism and recreation industries while conserving our great outdoors," the president said in a proclamation establishing Great Outdoors Month. President Obama also took the opportunity to build momentum for the America's Great Outdoors Initiative in the

For more information, you can visit The White House website.
Now Accepting Nominations for AMGA Board of Director
boardroomThe AMGA Board of Directors elections are upon us.  We are calling on our membership to nominate qualified individuals to run for open spaces on the Board of Directors.  Each Board Member brings unique perspectives, expertise and skills to help the AMGA chart it's course and represent you as a professional guide.

We will be accepting nominations for the AMGA Board of Directors through July 8th, 2010.  Go HERE for more details.
Accreditation & Climbing Instructor Program News

Accreditation Program
SWAGCongratulations to Nate Disser and his crew at Southwest Adventure Guides (SWAG) for having become the newest AMGA Accredited Program.  Based in Durango, Colorado, SWAG is a full service, year round climbing school and guide service.
Climbing Instructor Program
It has been a busy first 6 months in both the Single Pitch Instructor and Climbing Wall Instructor programs.  To date, 300+ individuals have participated in a SPI course, SPI assessment or CWI course. The CIP continues to be the fastest growing program at the AMGA.
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:

Partner News
The AMGA is excited to announce the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) has joined us as a Supporting Partner.  Details on member benefits through NOLS will be announced at a later date.

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.



In other Partner news - AMGA members may now take advantage of the Chrysler Affiliate Rewards program. Through this program, all current AMGA members can now receive a significant discount on Chrysler, Jeep®, Ram Truck, or Dodge vehicles.  

This special program offers you the opportunity to purchase or lease select, new Chrysler, Jeep
and Dodge vehicles at the 'Preferred Price' (1% below factory invoice ). You may purchase or lease two vehicles per calendar year.

Here's how:
1- Write down American Mountain Guides Association Company Code - D1BW39

2- Log on to www.chrysleraffiliates.com or call Program Headquarters at (888) 444-4321 and provide some basic personal information, such as, their name, address, telephone number, company name, and Company Code in order to receive a unique Control Number.  (Please note that a Control Number will not be issued without your Company Code.)

3- Take your Control Number, along with your AMGA Membership Card to any participating U.S. Chrysler, Jeep®, Ram Truck, or Dodge dealership to purchase your new vehicle.  You MUST have your AMGA Membership Card in order to receive the discount.  The discount is only good in the U.S.
4- Drive away in your new vehicle!
Please visit the Affiliate Rewards website at www.chrysleraffiliates.com for more program information.

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 1 or 2 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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