American Mountain Guides Association
November 2012
Hello from Boulder, and happy fall to you all!

With thoughts of turkey dinners just around the corner, we write to you with news from the AMGA.  In this issue you'll find updates on the 2013 Scholarship Program, changes in the AMGA Membership levels, advocacy update from Mr. Scott, Avy Level III courses and more!  Happy Thanksgiving everyone - gobble gobble gobble!
AMGA 2012 Annual Meeting
Thanks to all who attended this year's Annual Meeting.  We had a great time and look forward to seeing folks next year.  The 2013 Annual Meeting will be held in the Greater Boulder area.  2012 Annual Meeting

Details of next year's meeting will be coming in the beginning of 2013 - plan on Oct. 25-27, 2013

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2013 AMGA Scholarship Program

The AMGA is proud to provide support to our membership in the form of funding for programs.  Each year the AMGA offers over $50,000 in scholarships and subsidies to our members with the soul goal of minimizing the financial burden of training and certification.  We encourage everyone to apply and take advantage of these opportunities.


Application Deadline:  April 1, 2013

Please note - the application in one big survey.  The 6-question questionnaire is embedded in the survey.  Please allow time when filling this out to answer all questions completely.  You do not need to submit anything to the office, simply fill out the survey. 

If you have any questions, please contact Caroline McNally, Membership Director, via email or phone: 303.271.0984 x2#

Click here for a full list of scholarships.

Click here for details the application process, and what is required of you.   
Changes in AMGA Membership
In an attempt to keep up with changing times, the AMGA is restructuring its membership levels starting in 2013.  A few folks will feel the effects of increased dues.  The following is the new membership breakdown:

Student Associate - $50
Associate - $75 (Certified SPI and CWI included here)
Individual - $125
Certified Guide - $125
IFMGA via AMGA - $250
IFMGA via reciprocal - $150

Please remember that membership and certification are two different entities.  Pro Purchase Program privileges are based on certification level, not membership, and therefore will not be changing at all.  If you have any questions, please contact Caroline McNally, Membership Director, via email or phone: 303.271.0984 x2#.  Thank you in advanced for understanding this change.  


Advocacy Update

By: Scott Massey


Happy November from Boulder! This month's Advocacy update is to provide further information on the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness Stewardship Planning process. As I had mentioned in the last news, Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park (SEKI) opened up a comment period for the Preliminary Alternatives of their Wilderness Stewardship Plan (WSP). Based on comments collected during the scoping period last fall, they have developed the preliminary alternatives. Here is the project website, with the documents available on the left, under "Available for Comment". The preliminary alternatives direct the planning process, and now they are soliciting comments focused on developing the specifics of the plan. One item that is of explicit interest to the guiding community is the Commercial Services Evaluation. While guided mountaineering is permitted in SEKI under Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs), one of the aspects of the WSP essential to guides is the "Extent Necessary Determination", or the amount of commercial services necessary to realize Wilderness purposes. The Extent Necessary Determination is going to be a major component of Wilderness planning into the future. I would encourage all of our members to read through the planning documents, and submit your comments. Comments are due November 19th. It is essential as professional stewards of our public lands, that we become involved in their planning processes.


Here are a few talking points that can possibly help you in drafting a comment letter. 



AMGA Board Meeting - January 2013
The January Board Meeting will be held in Boulder, CO on Jan. 25, 2013 at the Boulder REI.
2013 Level III Avalanche Courses  


AAI Level 3 Course Schedule for 2013:


January 14-19 in Jackson, WY (Course Full - Waitlist)

January 28-February 2 in Girdwood, AK (sign-up here)   

February 10-15 in Salt Lake City, UT (Two Spots Left)



AIARE Level 3 Course Schedule for 2012-101:


January 27 - Feb 2, 2013  Salt Lake City, UT

March 3 - 9, 2013  Silverton, CO

The 7-day AIARE Advanced Avalanche Training for Professionals and Recreational Leaders Level 3 meets the standards and requirements of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as a prerequisite for guides education and certification.


Click here for more information



Help Wanted
helpwantedIn an attempt to better serve our membership, 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, Cody and Boulder, Colorado. I am pleased to announce a further expansion of our guest guide program to include the world class City of Rocks outside of Almo, Idaho.
This opportunity is available only to AMGA certified guides and IFMGA-level guides. Guides wishing to climb 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.
An Idaho guide's license is required and JHMG is now in position to expedite the process of acquiring a license for AMGA certified guides through Idaho Outfitter and Guides Association. Guides whose applications have been approved will receive a written acknowledgement and additional information about the program



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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Annual Meeting
2013 Scholarship Program
AMGA Membership Changes
Advocacy Update
AMGA 2013 Jan. Board Meeting
2013 Avy Level III Courses
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