American Mountain Guides Association E-Newsletter
Leading The Way
Greetings AMGA Members!
Fall is upon us in the Republic of Boulder! The leaves are
changing color and we even had a light dusting of snow last
week. We've been extremely busy wrapping up the 2006
courses and exams and preparing for the Annual Meeting this
week in Bishop. Despite all of that the AMGA Office Staff
enjoyed some enjoyable, though chilly, climbing in Eldorado
Canyon last weekend.
We've also seen a lot of foot traffic through the office the last
couple of weeks due to there being instructors and students in
Boulder and surrounding area for courses and exams. It is
good to start to put faces
to names, so don't hesitate to stop by and say hello if you're in
New IFMGA Certified Guides
Seven Candidates Achieved IFMGA Certification in 2006
As we all know, especially those of you pursuing IFMGA
Certification, it takes a lot of dedication, money, and time to
become an IFMGA guide. Many years filled with hard work,
"mild" suffering, time spent away from home, and the joy of
being outdoors doing what you love are spent achieving this
This year seven
candidates finished there journey and are now IFMGA Certified.
The AMGA would like to congratulate John Race, Jon Tierney,
Tim Connelly, Dale Remsberg, Margaret Wheeler, Kent McBride,
and Jeff Banks as the latest members of the AMGA community
to step into the international ranks.
If you have the chance,
please take a moment and extend a personal congratulations to
these individuals. They've earned it!
2007 Scholarship Info
Deadlines Posted On AMGA Website
The 2007 Scholarship Deadlines are now posted on the AMGA
website. Of special interest is the BCA Scholarship
available for the last Ski Guide Course of 2006.
deadline for the BCA Scholarship is October 31st! Get
those Applications in as soon as possible!
I am still learning
the intricacies of the application process so please bear with
me. I will do my best to answer all of your questions in a
Feel free to contact me with any questions
you might have. Good Luck and I hope to hear from you soon.
2006 Annual Meeting Update!
Time, Location, and Clinic Changes
There have been several, recent changes to the Annual Meeting
schedule. Some times and locations have changed and we've
added a couple of clinics too.
Please make note of the
2006 Annual Meeting Schedule
--The Leave No trace Trainer Course is now meeting at
Branch Library 210 Academy Ave Bishop, CA 93514 at 10:30
--Both the TC and BOD meetings are now meeting at:
White Mountain Research Station
Owens Valley Lab
3000 E. Line St.
Bishop CA 93514
These meetings meet on Thursday and Friday
respectively from 8am to 5pm.
Development Clinics have been added to the schedule. On
Saturday morning Margaret Wheeler will be instructing an
Avalanche Beacon clinic and on Sunday morning Keith
Garvey will be instructing a Short Ropeing
Rigging for Rescue presented by Mike
Gibbs will be
held at the White Mountain Research Center at 9 am.
Avalanche Training in 2007
AIARE Level Three Courses: Winter 2007
There are several AIARE Level Three Avalanche Courses being
offered this winter throughout the western United States. If
you are interested there is a current Program Schedule posted
For general questions
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Tom Murphy at 970-209
-0486 or Ben Pritchett at 970-349-0800
To register contact
the provider listed in the Program Schedule.
AIARE Level Three Program Schedule
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On Wednesday I am traveling with Mike Alkaiti to Bishop, CA.
This is my first Annual Meeting and I
am looking forward to a fun weekend spent with colleagues and
some new friends. I'll do my best to make the rounds and
introduce myself to as many of you as possible. If you are
unable to make it to Bishop, I look forward to meeting you in
As always, please feel free to contact me with
any questions, comments, or concerns you might have. Until
the next time Fare Thee Well!
American Mountain Guides Association