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February 2013
February brings a bit of a rotten snowpack to these parts of Colorado.  Folks have certainly been climbing the sunny Eldo routes these past months.  Making the best of our shallow snowpack.  Hope you're all shralping wherever you are!

In this issue you'll find updates from the advocacy department, info from the Program and Membership Departments, and our new office location!

AMGA Headquarters Are Moving! 
The AMGA headquarters have known a few different homes since the organization started back in 1979.  The last move was up from Golden to where we are today in Boulder.  This time we're just moving down the street about 10 blocks. 

For any of you who have visited us here on Pearl St. - you know the parking issues.  Our new location takes care of this, as we'll be located half a block from Settler's Park and unlimited free street parking!  The new office is located on the last street to your right as you're headed west up Canyon Blvd to your favorite crag in Boulder Canyon.  Don't forget to come visit us if you're in town.

New Physical Address:
American Mountain Guides Association
207 Canyon Blvd.
Suite 201 N.
Boulder, CO  80302

The Access Fund will be our new office mates, and we're psyched to be sharing their space.  Where we will miss the entertainment that the Pearl St. mall provides, and the yummy delis just outside our door, this is a welcomed change.  All other contact will remain the same.  New address to take effect March 1, 2013.
Advocacy Update

By: Scott Massey, AMGA Outreach and Advocacy Director  

 

 

Salutations from the Advocacy Department! There are a few new management plans this spring on the West Coast. Both Lassen Volcanic National Park and Olympic National Park are beginning Wilderness Stewardship Plans. These plans are both in the scoping period, soliciting public comments to assist in determining the issues that are of concern. Both plans will address guiding, most likely through a Determination of Extent Necessary for commercial services in Wilderness. For further information, see the Lassen planning site or the Olympic planning site. Comments for the Olympic WSP are due March 23rd, for Lassen, July 31st.



Click here to read on!

 

Scholarships and Membership Reminder
Its not too late to apply for a SCHOLARSHIP!  We are accepting scholarship applications for all 2013 courses (even if you've already taken one) until 11:59pm, March 31. 

As a reminder - if you allow your membership to expire, your AMGA certification is no long valid.  If you renew your membership within six months of expiring, it will kick back and expire one year from the original expiration date.  Otherwise, it will start and expire one year from your renewal date.  If you have any questions here, please contact Caroline McNally, Membership Director via email or phone (303.271.0984 ext. 2#)
2013 AMGA Annual Meeting
We've had some inquiries lately.  So as a reminder, the 2013 Annual Meeting is taking place:

October 25-27, 2013
Boulder, CO   
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 membership.director@amga.com  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 membership.director@amga.com with any questions.

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Internship Opportunity: School for International Expedition Training

Contact: Josh Beckner  

info@expeditiontraining.org  

760.920.3464


We are currently accepting resumes for an internship for the 'Ishinca Valley Expedition' in Peru. This is an advanced mountaineering course designed for aspiring guides and instructors of outdoor education. Interns would assist instructors during one of the two courses: May 15-June 4 and June 7 -27. Applicants must have a strong technical background, ability to operate independently of instructors, excellent communication skills, an accurate sense of one's own technical and physical abilities/limitations, a significant amount of time spent on glaciers and on alpine climbs, and preferably some AMGA training.  

 

CLICK HERE to see categories in which applicants should also excel.

 


Please see the SIET website for dates, course curriculum and other information pertaining to this course. 

 

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Seneca Rocks Climbing School 

Position: In House Instructor 

Contact: Massey Teel 

massey@climbseneca.com

 

Seneca Rocks Climbing School is looking for an in house instructor for the 2013 season running from April 1st-November 1st.  SRCS is the oldest climbing school and guide service in the mid-Atlantic providing instruction and guiding at one of the most spectacular cliffs on the East coast.  This position will involve teaching and guiding students at Seneca Rocks and other crags in WV and VA.  The majority of this work will be multi-pitch but occasional single pitch days should also be expected.  The instructor will also be able to supplement income by working for the Gendarme, a retail shop that sells climbing equipment and outdoor goods/apparel.  Company housing available.  Applicants must have a valid WFR certification, reliable transportation and a desire and share the sport of climbing with students.  A solid understanding of traditional climbing techniques and multi-pitch techniques are also required.  Rock Instructor and/or experience guiding in multi-pitch settings a plus.  Those interested should send a resume and climbing/working log to Massey Teel via email 

 

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Colorado Mountain Club (Boulder Group) 

Position: Director of Rock Leading School 

Contact: Martina Sorek  

bms@cmcboulder.org

 

 

The Boulder Group of the Colorado Mountain Club is seeking a qualified volunteer to be our Director of Rock Leading School (RLS) for the summer 2013 season and beyond. A full description of the course can be viewed at our website, www.cmcboulder.org/bms/rls.html. The course consists of one evening lecture and three field trips, around early June. The Director has the responsibility of reviewing the curriculum and helping to organize the instructors, lecturers and assistants for the course. The RLS Director may be one of the lecturers and may fill in at the field trips as needed. As such, the Director needs to be an experienced rock climber and conversant with the latest climbing equipment and leading techniques. The Director reports to the BMS (Boulder Mountain Schools) Committee. The past RLS Director for the past several years, Clint Locks, was also an AMGA guide, and the CMC would be grateful if we are so lucky as to have another AMGA volunteer help us in this position. Although unpaid, the position offers excellent networking opportunities, as the CMC is the oldest and most established local hiking and climbing organization in the state (see cmc.org). The CMC is prepared to offer a one year free membership if the volunteer is not already a CMC member. If interested, please contact Martina Sorek via email, the current BMS Co-Chair.

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Jackson Hole Mountain Guides Expands Guest Guide Opportunities CONTACT:  Rob Hess, Chief Guide 

Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
rob@jhmg.com
 
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

  

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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. 


Cheers,
 American Mountain Guides Association

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