American Mountain Guides Association
eNewsletterFebruary, 2012
Greetings from Boulder,
A new month and we're still busy here at the AMGA. We had a productive Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and January Board Meeting, there is space available on a few spring Rock Guide programs and we've some new AMGA T-shirts. That's just a few of the items you can read about below. So sit back and enjoy the show.
AMGA Board of Directors Committees

2012 Board Committees

Magaret Wheeler
Chair of Access Committee

Lou Patterson
Chair of Brand

Martin Volken
Chair of Nominations

Scott Soden
Chair of Finance and Audit

Peter Gould
Chair of Professional Compliance Committee

Dale Remsberg
Chair of Technical Committee

Marc Chauvin
Chair of Risk Management Committee

Jim Pearson
Chair of Governance Committee

Evan Stevens
Chair of 2006 Strategic Plan Review Committee

Ed Crothers
Chair of Accreditation Committee

Steve House - Alpine Mentors Program

Alpine Mentors a young venture I've started with a group of friends and advisors, our mission is to: Promote alpinism by encouraging, coaching and climbing with technically proficient you alpinists who aspire to climb the world's greatest mountains in a lightweight, low-impact style. In form, it is modeled on existing programs found in most European alpine clubs that match young, motivated climbers with seasoned alpinists so they can train, climb, and carry out an expedition together.


Our Alpine Mentors will be structured in two-year cycles. During those two years various mentors (myself and others) paired with mentees will ascend routes in different mountain areas from Colorado to the Canadian Rockies to the Himalaya.


The current application period closes on April 1, 2012. Once the applications are reviewed we will notify the ten best to journey to southwest Colorado for a week of training, a safety review of climbing systems and self-rescue techniques, and of course, climbing. From those ten we'll select between two and four candidates. (I hope to grow this number in the future.) Those who are selected must be solid climbers, but also must be the sort of folks who we can travel, train, and climb with for months at a time. The culmination of the two years will be a climbing expedition to a 7,000 meter peak planned and executed by the entire team from concept to summit and home again.


I would like to invite you, or your friends, or your friend's friends who fit the bill: 21-30 years old, technically proficient in rock, ice, mixed, and mountaineering. Young. Strong. Motivated. We are open to men and women from any nation.


This is my way of giving back. Creating something that contributes to a growing communal passion for wild summits, those least attainable points across our globe, places where we learn so much about ourselves, our relationships and our environment. A passion that has given me so much in my lifetime. Please visit our website and help us to spread the word: 

Mountain Guide Program Update

This is your LAST CHANCE to get a spot on the Rock Guide Exam or the Rock Guide Course & Aspirant Exam currently scheduled for April in Red Rocks. The dates for these programs are:
R3:Rock Guide Exam:12 -- 4/3-8/12, Red Rocks, Nevada
R4:Rock Guide Course & Aspirant Exam:12 -- 4/10-19/12, Red Rocks, Nevada  
Enrollment for these courses is currently open. You may apply via your membership page at

Your application will not be considered for enrollment, until we have all of the following:

Complete climbing resume
Copies of current CPR and WFR certifications
AMGA Health Statement

The remaining spots on these programs will go fast, so all interested members should apply as soon as possible.
Level 3 & 2 Avalanche Course Schedules

Level 3 Avalanche Courses

aiare_logoAmerican Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 3 Course Schedule
March 1 - 7, Silverton, Colorado
March 9-15 - Silverton, Colorado

More information can be found HERE.

Level 2 Avalanche Courses
We would also like to list any Level 2 Avalanche Courses being offered by AMGA Accredited Programs and Certified Guides. If you would like your course(s) to be listed in the February eNewsletter, please submit course information to, by February 5.

Colorado Mountain School AIARE Level 2 Course Schedule
March 22-25 - Estes Park, Colorado
April 5-8 - Estes Park, Colorado
More information can be found HERE.

Alpine World Ascents AIARE Level 2 Course Schedule
March 15-18 - Berthoud Pass, Colorado
More information can be found HERE.
AMGA Merchandise

In addition to the Outdoor Research Radar Pocket Caps and Zip Hoodies we have now added a selection of Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite T's to the list of AMGA merchandise.

The new t-shirts are available in men's (Small - Xlarge) and women's (Small - Large) sizing and the following colors:
Men - Palm, Titanium
Women - Greenery
All have a version of the AMGA t-shirt image on the front.

The Caps are available in Orange, Olive, or Khaki and have the AMGA "text" logo embroidered across the front. The Zip Hoodies are available in black or green for the men and light blue or pink for the ladies. They have the AMGA "text" logo on the chest and the current t-shirt design on the back.


Caps - $25 + shipping
Hoodies - $45 + shipping 
Wicked Lite T's - $35 + shipping


We also have some older items on our shelves that we need to clear out - quantities are limited and the sizes listed below are all we have. These items will be sold on a first-come first-served basis, so don't delay. Call 303.271.0984 x2 to place your order.

Marmot Women's DriClime Windshirt - Black w/AMGA logo embroidered on right chest area
Size Medium (3)
$35 + Shipping

AMGA T-shirt - Black/White Ringer or Green
Size X-large Black (15)
Size X-Large Green (15)
$10 + Shipping

AMGA Embroidered Sweatshirts - Black, Blue or Green w/AMGA logo embroidered on left chest area
Size Small Blue Hoodie (1)
Size Small Green Hoodie (1)
Size Small Blue Crew (3)
Size Medium Black Crew (1)
Size Medium Green Crew (1)
Hoodie $20 + Shipping
Crew $15 + Shipping  
Help Wanted

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.


Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Expands Guest Guide Opportunities 

CONTACT:       Rob Hess, Chief Guide
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides 


In early September, 2011, I notified AMGA certified rock guides of the opportunity to guest guide under JHMG's permits in Moab/ Indian Creek, the Red Rock and Boulder, Colorado. I am pleased to announce a further expansion of our guest guide program to include the world class ice climbing found in the South Fork Canyon and surrounding areas near Cody, Wyoming. 


This opportunity is available only to AMGA certified alpine guides and IFMGA-level guides. Guides wishing to climb South Fork ice under JHMG's guest guide program should submit a letter of interest along with a climbing resume, copy of current first aid and CPR cards, and a copy of the guide's AMGA certification card to Rob Hess at the email address shown above. Guides whose applications have been approved will receive a written acknowledgement and additional information about the program. 


Details can be found HERE


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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