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March 2013
Spring keeps popping its head up here on the Front Range.  We're still getting some delightful snow showers - no flip flops yet!  Corn skiing is around the corner.  Wishing a fun and safe spring for you all!!!

In this issue you'll find updates from the advocacy department, news from Big Agnes, and annual meeting update and more!

State of the Guiding Industry Survey
Ever wondered what the average age of clients is in the United States?  We certainly have.  Below you find a link to the survey.  It is the intention that the findings of the survey will be used to inform and empower the guiding community, as well as to improve the AMGA's service. The AMGA finds value in each person's voice, which is why your responses are invaluable, whether you are a member or not. It is your thoughts and feelings that will help this organization move in a direction that is beneficial to you and the guiding profession. Without your input, it is difficult for the staff of the AMGA to make truly informed decisions that directly affect you.  The gathering of this information is unprecedented and the findings will be made available to the public.

The survey should take about 10 - 20 minutes of your time depending on how you answer the written questions. Upon completion, all participants will receive 20% off their next year of membership (those who are rejoining qualify for this as well). See details and instructions at the end of the survey. We would like to have all responses by Tuesday, April 9.

 


If you have any questions, or need assistance with the survey, please contact Caroline McNally, AMGA Membership Director via email or phone (caroline@amga.com // 303.271.0984 ext. 2#).

Advocacy Update

By: Scott Massey, AMGA Outreach and Advocacy Director  

 

 

Apparently the sequester is prompting budget cuts at all federal agencies, including the land management agencies. Look to see some potential changes in the near future, due to agencies having to cut 5% of their budget in the last six months of the fiscal year, which in practice feels more like a 10% cut. On March 11th, NPS Director Jarvis sent out a memo to all park employees detailing some changes, though it is up to the individual unit as to how they implement their budget cuts. We have not received any specifics as to how this will affect guiding, but will pass along information as we receive it. If land managers have informed anyone of specific changes where they operate, please pass along that info to me.  

 

CLICK HERE to continue reading.


Click here for link to article referrenced in pdf from Billings Gazette.

 

 

Big Agnes Tent: 2013 Backpaker's Choice Award
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The Scout UL2 Win's Backpacker's Editors' Choice Award

  After gear testing in the rugged wilds of Tasmania, the crew at Backpacker Magazine offered our 1lb 9oz Scout UL2 the Editors' Choice award for 2013!   You can check out a video of the Scout here on our Mother of Comfort YouTube page.

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Setting up the Scout UL2 tent in high camp while climbing in the Bugaboos.  Photo by Andrew Burr
Huge Gratitude to Patton Boggs, AMGA's legal counsel

The AMGA would like to express our utmost thanks to Patton Boggs for the support and service they have provided the past several years. They have been instrumental in our advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, as well as providing valuable legal counsel. In 2012 alone, they have donated over $110,000 in legal services. We would like to personally thank Gregory Louer, current AMGA Board member Annie Harrington, and former AMGA Board member Peter Gould, as well as all of the other Patton Boggs associates that have helped us. Thank you very much for helping us further the mountain guiding profession on the national level.

 

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2013 AMGA Annual Meeting
We're hoping to tell the membership early and often about this year's Annual Meeting.  We've solidified the schedule, but have yet to nail down the locations.  Clinic specifics will be released well in advanced to the meeting, as will all other details.  There is an airport in Boulder, but the best place to fly into is Denver International Airport.  So mark your calendars, and don't miss it this year! 

October 24, Thursday
- High Altitude Symposium with Dr. Alan Oram and Dr. Peter Beckett
- Opening Night sponsored by Gore-Tex and Marmot

October 25, Friday
- Professional Development Clinics
- Dynobird Happy Hour sponsored by Arc'teryx
- Round Table Discussion on Access

October 26, Saturday
- Professional Development Clinics
- Main Event sponsored by Gore-Tex

October 27, Sunday
- Board of Directors Meeting


Please stay tuned for a detailed, extended schedule.  The meeting is free to all AMGA members and open to the public.  Hoping to see you all there!
AMGA Headquarters: NEW LOCATION!!!
We have moved!  Come say hello as you're either headed to go climb in Boulder Canyon or coming home from a day of sending.


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


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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APEX Mountain School 

Position: Assistant to the Director 


Pease visit the link on their website for a detailed job description, requirements and qualifications, as well as how to apply.

 

Click here to learn more about the position at APEX Mountain School 

 

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear

Position: Female Ambassdor 

Contact: info@hyperlitemountaingear.com    

 

  

Hyperlite Mountain Gear, a designer and manufacturer of cutting edge Cuben Fiber ultralight outdoor gear, is seeking female professional guides, elite athletes, or explorers to join its team of twenty Ambassadors. HMG's line of durable, ultralight products featuring a minimalist design aesthetic, have been enthusiastically adopted by innovators in the outdoor community. HMG Ambassadors are a carefully selected group of upper-echelon guides, athletes and explorers who assist HMG with product design and testing, while helping to build HMG's brand. HMG Ambassadors are leaders in their chosen pursuit and have significant influence in the outdoor community. They use their reach to help HMG tell its story, build brand awareness and spread HMG's message that ultralight and durability don't have to be mutually exclusive. The Ambassadors test HMG products in the world's toughest playgrounds and provide critical feedback to the HMG design team. Visit www.hyperlitemountaingear.com for current Ambassador bio's. If you are a female professional guide, elite athlete or explorer and are interested in HMG and our Ambassador program, contact us at info@hyperlitemountaingear.com!  

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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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