American Mountain Guides Association E~Newsletter
September 2008
In This Issue
AMGA Annual Meeting
WFR Recertification
New AMGA Beneftis
News & Events

Greetings.  Fall has arrived, the leaves are changing and climbing conditions are perfect. It seems like everyone is taking the afternoons off to get outside here in Boulder....and we hope you are too!

We have a some exciting news to report on - our upcoming Annual Meeting at Smith Rock, a shout out to recent AMGA Program graduates, new insurance benefits and some exciting fall news and events.
AMGA Annual Meeting ~ Oct. 19-21st
Smith Rock, Oregon
Smith ROckThe AMGA Annual Meeting is a time-honored tradition that brings together the largest gathering of American mountain guides. It is the perfect opportunity for AMGA Members and guides to participate in professional development clinics, share ideas, discuss current issues and celebrate the guiding community.

This year's Annual Meeting will take place in Smith Rock, Oregon. Smith Rock State Park encompasses 651 acres on the Oregon high desert plateau. There are over 1500 climbing routes in and around the park with some of the best sport climbs in the world. So mark your calendars and buy your tickets.  We look forward to seeing you all in Oregon this fall!

Annual Meeting Schedule

Oct. 15-16 ~ SPI Program Instructor Training (new instructors)
Oct. 15-17 ~ WFR Recertification
Oct. 17 ~ Board of Directors Climbing Day
Oct. 18 ~ Technical Committee Meeting
Oct. 19 ~ Board of Directors Meeting & Opening Night Event
Oct. 20 ~ Professional Development Clinics & Annual Meeting      
               Main Event
Oct. 21 ~ Professional Development Clinics & Guide Olympics
Oct. 21 ~ SPI Program Director Training (current instructors)
Oct. 22 -23 ~ Instructor Pool Training
Oct. 24-25 ~ Climbing Wall Instructor Provider Training
Review & Recertification - Oct. 15-17
Join us at Smith Rock and Re-Cert your Wilderness First Responder
MH - Mt. & Flowers
Wilderness Medical Training Center to Instruct WFR Recert at 2008 Annual Meeting.
The AMGA is proud to offer a WFR Review & Recertification Course in partnership with the Wilderness Medicine Training Center in Bend, OR at the 2008 AMGA Annual Meeting. The Review & Recertification course is designed for graduates of Wilderness First Responder courses from any company. Our Review & Recertification course focuses on trauma and environmental problems. Over 60% of the course is hands-on skill review, role plays, and simulations.

Dates: Oct. 15,16,17, 2008
Cost: $200.00 (due by Oct. 1st, 2008)
Deposit: $50.00
Registration Form: Click Here
Contact: Henry Beyer, AMGA Program Director, at or 303.271.0984

All of WMTC WFR certifications are 3 years, and are accepted by all federal and state agencies..

Outdoor Recreation Insurance
AMGA members (including spouses and kids) and paying clients of AMGA guides are now eligible for personal accident insurance under the AMGA group Outdoor Recreation Insurance (ORI) policy.  ORI is specifically designed for snow, mountain and paddle enthusiasts.  Our policy provides activity-specific benefits for ambulance and medical expenses (including emergency helicopter ambulance) and also provides a lump sum payment in case of a covered accidental death.  Only persons aged 14-64 may enroll.   
Interested members and clients must click on the AMGA/ORI web link to enroll and pay the applicable one-time premium.   If you access the ORI website from another URL address, the site will not allow you to create an account.  

AMGA members will be asked to enter their 5-digit AMGA member ID number.  In addition to annual coverage, daily rates have been developed and are available to paying clients of AMGA certified guides.  Clients of AMGA guides or guiding services must use their guide's 10-digit phone number in the following format:  XXX-XXX-XXXX.  You may create a single account and enroll multiple clients.  Otherwise, please instruct your clients that they may themselves enter the ORI website through the AMGA website and obtain coverage.


"Mountain" coverage (all climbing disciplines plus hiking, trekking and trail running):  $85 Per Year
"Snow" coverage (both within a patrolled area and in the backcountry, all skiing and boarding disciplines plus snowshoeing):  $75 Per Year
"Paddle" coverage (kayaking, canoeing, rafting): $60 Per Year

A summary is attached in PDF format, which explains how our new ORI coverage augments our existing insurance programs.  You may also click through our AMGA/ORI link and browse the site for additional information.

AMGA Travel Insurance

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) in conjunction. with AIG Travelguard is now providing Trip Cancellation Insurance for those AMGA program participants who may wish to insure themselves in the event they need to unexpectedly cancel their participation in an AMGA program. Here are some reasons to buy travel insurance:
~You're injured a week before the course and can no longer participate
~Coverage for your gear if the airlines loose it
~Medical & Evacuation coverage if something were to go wrong on your course

Remember when purchasing...
1.) Insure all pre-paid, non-refundable trip costs (course fee, airline tickets, car rental cost, etc.)
2.) Purchase insurance within 15 days of your trip deposit
For full details of the policy please review the Description of Coverage found here: AIG Travel Guard Insurance. Be sure to select your state/province of residence and then select More Info.
We encourage everyone to apply and take advantage of these opportunities. In addition, If you should have any additional questions regarding the coverage please feel free to contact the AMGA Program Director at or call 303.271.0984
The Low Down - News & Events
FYI: All voting members REMEMBER TO VOTE FOR THE 2009 BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Please submit all votes to by Monday, September 22, 2008.

AMGA Membership Survey

We invite you to participate in our 2008 Membership survey to enable us to better serve you. Your feedback is invaluable to us, and we thank you in advance for your help.  

A primary goal of the AMGA is to continuously improve our membership so we may provide you, our members, with the highest quality of benefits, resources and education. To that end, we have put together this survey to learn what we are doing well, what we are doing not so well, and how we can improve. Whether you have been an active member for a number of years or have just joined the AMGA, take a moment and let us know your thoughts.
Click here to participate : Membership Survey

Congratulations to recent AMGA  Program Graduates!

Seth Hobby ~ AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
Chris Simmons ~ AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
Angela Hawse ~ AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
Steve Johnson ~ AMGA Certified Alpine Guide
Marc Beverly ~ AMGA Certified Alpine Guide

Alpinist 25
, the Silver Anniversary issue, profiles the world's most iconic wall--El Capitan--on the 50th anniversary of the Nose.
Subscribe now and get Tommy Caldwell's El Cap history, and three more action-packed issues delivered to your door.

All AMGA members save 33% off the cover price!


Craggin Classic, Hosted by the American Alpine Club, October 10-12, 2008 in Golden Colorado.

Come climb with a variety of sponsored and international athletes at classic areas like Eldorado Canyon. Festivals will include parties, BBQ's, bands, slideshows, sumo wresting, and AAC annual award announcements.

Gear: Unlimited gear demos-shoes, harnesses, hardware, you name it!
Climb: Clinics with some of the nation's top climbers and alpinists
Music: An exclusive concert by the renowned Austin, TX rock band The Gourds
Nightly visuals: Viewing of the new deep-water soloing film, Perfecto, and a wild slideshow by Josh Wharton on his recent trip to TK
Grub and suds: All-you-can-eat breakfast and dinners of gourmet food, plus copious quantities of cold beer and smooth-sippin' wine
Swag: Craggin' Classic organic cotton tee from Patagonia, plus thousands of dollars of free swag from the best companies in the biz

For more information please visit ~

REEL Adventure Festival
Alpinist presents the REEL Adventure Festival.  Join us for the most exciting films in the adventure universe.  Enjoy Steep Stone, Wild Water and Deep Snow in your community as The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival hits the road!

The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival Tour - BOZEMAN, MT
WHERE: The Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture.
WHEN: Thursday, September 18: Films presented by Jack Tackle and Christian Beckwith
Friday, September 19: The REEL ROCK Film Tour

The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival Tour - BOULDER, CO
WHERE: The Boulder Theater.
WHEN: October 8, 2008.

The 2008 Alpinist Film Festival Tour -SALT LAKE CITY, UT
WHERE:  The Murray Theater
WHEN: October 18, 2008

Local Access Issues/Comments/Concerns

Now you can send access information directly to the AMGA via the Forum Page.   This is a place where individuals can post information about local access issues affecting their recreational or professional pursuits.  Let us know what access issues you are experiencing so we can appropriately direct our focus.

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I hope to see you all at our Annual Meeting in October. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Be well and enjoy,

Katie Kelly
American Mountain Guides Association