American Mountain Guides Association
April 2011
In This Issue
Database & Phones
AMGA Medical Advisor
Corporate Partners
Welcome Mike Jones
Access Update
CWI Membership
Employment & Guest Guiding Opportunities
Greetings from Boulder.
We're keeping busy here at the world headquarters these days. We recently upgraded our phone system and have made some changes to the database. Hopefully both will allow us to better serve you. There are also several job and guest guiding opportunities as the summer season fast approaches. Hope you all had a good winter and early spring. Read on...
Database and Phone Upgrades
If you've visited your page recently you might have noticed some new features. For those members eligible for Pro Purchase benefits, you must now access the system directly from your page. You can also print out a copy of your certificate(s) from your page. So if you've lost yours or need a copy for an employer, permits, etc., just click "Print Certificate" next to your certification(s).

If you've not visited in a while, you will need to reset your password. You should see a "pop-up window" letting you know to reset your password - you must do this to gain access to your account.

We recently installed a new phone system in the office with a fancy automated attendant and perhaps some semblance of hold music. This allows you to select an extension for the person/department you're looking for. You may dial the persons extension at any time, followed by the pound (#) key.

Betsy Winter - Executive Director ext. 1
Josh Harrod - Membership Director ext. 2
Henry Beyer - Program Director ext. 3
Ed Crothers - Accreditation & Climbing Instructor Program Director ext. 4
Leigh Goldberg - Access Director ext. 5
General Mailbox - press the star (*) key

Tom Hackett, M.D. - AMGA Medical Advisor
tomhackettThe AMGA would like to recognize and thank Dr. Tom Hackett for his continued service to the AMGA and its members.

Dr. Tom Hackett is an orthopaedic surgeon whose practice focuses on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of elbow, shoulder and knee disorders. He is a specialist in the arthroscopic treatment of sports injuries and trained directly under Dr. Frank Jobe, the founder of the "Tommy John" procedure and one of the pioneers in shoulder and elbow surgery for "overhead" athletes. Dr. Hackett also has completed additional training in the management of fractures and musculoskeletal trauma at Harbourview hospital in Seattle.

Dr. Hackett is a former collegiate athlete who received a degree in anthropology from The Colorado College and has worked both locally and internationally as an archaeologist, mountaineer, guide, and ski patrolman. After developing extensive, hands-on experience in wilderness medicine and rescue he went on to formally study medicine; initially at the University of Wyoming and subsequently at Creighton University, where he received his medical degree.

Dr. Hackett then went on to complete a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Boston's prestigious New England Medical Center at Tufts University. He completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, where he specialized in surgery of the shoulder and elbow. While in Los Angeles he served as an assistant team physician to the LA Lakers, Sparks, Dodgers, Kings, Ducks and Galaxy professional sports teams. He continues to assist with the medical management of the LA Dodgers, the Colorado Rockies, and is a team physician for the US Snowboard Team. Dr. Hackett is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Hackett has conducted research in surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee, and has published articles in peer reviewed medical journals. He is the author of several book chapters and has presented his research at national and international meetings.

For more information about Dr. Hackett, visit his website.
AMGA Welcomes New Corporate Partners
We are proud to welcome a few new partners who joined us recently. Adidas Eyewear joins as our newest Diamond Partner and Kiwi Camp Dry has come on board as a Supporting Partner. adidaskiwi
AMGA Hires Mike Jones as Program Assistant

mikejonesMike Jones hails from Virginia and now currently lives in Fort Collins, CO.  While attending Radford University in Virginia, Mike completed his BS in Recreation Management and Outdoor Concentrations.  He cut his teeth climbing and teaching at the New River Gorge, WV and North Carolina.  Since then he has worked in various facets of the profession from nonprofits, guiding companies, college and private schools and for-profits across the US.  The past few years Mike has worked in the marketing and curriculum departments at NOLS and helped with programming and instructing with KAF Adventures in Seattle.  Mike has completed the SPI program and hopes to bring his diverse experience to the AMGA. 


Access Update

Climbing Community's Concerns Make it to the Senate

While Denali National Park's public comment process regarding the proposed fee increase is complete, the AMGA is still working hard with the Access Fund and American Alpine Club to advocate for a fair resolution. We hope to announce a resolution to the special use fee soon, which will be effective for the 2012 climbing season.  In the meantime, check out this clip from a March 30, 2011 Senate hearing on National Parks. Then send a letter to Senator Udall thanking him for caring about climbers' concerns!


Rock Guiding on the Table in Arches National Park

Arches National Park is currently developing a Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan. For the first time, guided rock climbing is being considered. The AMGA submitted comments in support of this new possibility. Click here to view the AMGA's letter to Arches NP.


If you have any input on guiding in Arches NP, please contact the AMGA office or email Leigh Goldberg at


Click here to read more about Arches' proposed alternatives.

Climbing Wall Instructor Membership Update

For 2011 we introduced a new membership structure for Certified Climbing Wall Instructors. Effective February 2, 2011 both CWI Certification and Membership are good for 3 years from the certification date. We have adjusted CWI Benefits to go along with this new structure. As a CWI Member you are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Eligible to take part in AMGA entry-level courses in rock, alpine and ski disciplines.
  • Discount on the Technical Manual for Professional Mountain Guides
  • Invitation to attend the AMGA Annual Meeting and participate in free professional development clinics.
  • Subscription to the monthly AMGA eNewsletter.
  • PDF version of AMGA Mountain Bulletin
  • Access to special offers from our Corporate Partners
If you have any questions regarding the new CWI membership structure and associated benefits, please contact 

Employment & Guest Guiding Opportunities

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 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 200 words or less and will be reviewed and accepted or denied by the AMGA office staff.  Please email with any questions.


Sierra Mountain Guides is Hiring

Want guaranteed summer work in one of the most beautiful places on earth? Sierra Mountain Guides is looking for a full time qualified rock/alpine instructor for this coming summer in the Eastern Sierras. Applicant must have AMGA certification in either the rock or alpine realm. Job is scheduled to start in June. If interested, email your resume to, with the subject title: 'Full Time Summer Guiding Position'.

Sierra Mountain Center is Hiring 

Sierra Mountain Center is looking for a full time AMGA Rock and or Alpine certified or someone in the process of becoming so.

Work involves mountaineering, rock, alpine rock and alpine ice climbing from June into September or October. For someone with ski guiding credentials there is the possibility of work through the winter in skiing, ice climbing and winter alpine ascents.

Visit for an overview of programs and email  

Mountain Adventure Seminars is Hiring

MAS, a guide service in Bear Valley, California, is hiring rock climbing and alpine instructors.

Position 1: Rock Climbing Instructor to conduct courses in Bear Valley for all curriculums including multi-pitch. Residence in Bear Valley preferred.

Position 2: Rock Climbing Instructor to lead outdoor weekend courses at Castle Rock plus indoor midweek evenings at Planet Granite gyms. Residence in the Bay Area is preferred.

Required Skills:

Current Wilderness First Responder Certification (WFR)

AMGA Single Pitch Certification or higher or comparable experience

AMGA Alpine Guide or comparable experience


Strong technical skills

Previous teaching experience

Genuine interest in facilitating safe, fun and educational experiences

Lively and animated personality with style, manners and wit

Interested in strong work ethics and teamwork skills


Employee wage based on certifications and experience ($80-$150/day).

Dynamic work environment with eager students

Opportunity for subsidized certification thru AMGA

Pro-Deal purchases from companies such as Patagonia, BD, Smith and Ortovox

Opportunity for year round work based on skills, experience and interest

Send a letter of interest and resume with professional references to Kimi Johnson via email: by April 8, 2011.

BBC Casting New Adventure Outdoor Series

Are you a survival, endurance or outdoors expert, with a way above-average tolerance for all things adventure?

This new reality TV show takes mankind's most intense instincts - survival, competition, adventure - and throws them all together to create the most exciting wilderness series ever seen!


This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your survival skills over a few weeks spent in a rugged, natural environment. We are seeking men and women with expertise, passion, a whole load of energy, and no fear of taming the great outdoors. Whoever you are and wherever you're from, if you feel up to the ultimate challenge, get in touch with us now!

To Apply:  Please submit recent photos, bio, and any video links.  Please describe your relative survival experience, and be sure to tell us why you are perfect for this show!  Deadline April 27.  

Reference your first & last name in the subject line.
 310-284-5736, ext. 207


Exum Mountain Guides - Guest Guide Opportunities  

The AMGA is excited to announce that we will be working with Exum Mountain Guides this summer to offer you the opportunity to work as a guest guide in Grand Teton National Park!


The Tetons provide some of the most accessible and diverse climbing in the North America. One of its premier climbs is, naturally, the Grand Teton (13,770 ft), a remarkable ascent via many outstanding routes that all providing an exhilarating day in the mountains. While the Grand Teton is the most famous peak in the region, the range also offers dozens of other climbs that are both famous and challenging, all in a beautiful and dramatic landscape. 


The AMGA is proud to work with Exum Mountain Guides in this capacity, and Exum is proud to offer AMGA guides this opportunity. To apply to be a guest guide at Exum you must be an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide. Click Here to find out how to apply.

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