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       2013 June eNewsletter

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Annual Meeting
Open spaces in Programs
Outreach and Advocacy
Acupuncture for AMGA members!
2013 Scholarships
AMGA Merch
Help Wanted
AMGA Partners


We hope this e-news finds everyone well and pleasantly busy! It's been hot here in Boulder. The last month brought an Alpine Guide Course to town and another one just ran in Jackson, WY. We had a Board Meeting a couple weeks ago and were able to get some good discussions in. Lots to look forward to for the organization in the next couple months- Watch out for e-mails with updates!

Please read on for: 2013 Annual Meeting info, information on the Arches Climbing Management Plan and the Alpine Guide Course rescue, job and guest guiding opportunities, and more.

Happy guiding and safe travels, 
The AMGA office staff 
AMGA Annual Meeting
October 21-28, 2013 in Boulder, CO

Mark yer calendars, folks. Remember the meeting is FREE for AMGA members. Non-members - $15 donation per day.

Something NEW that is happening this year is the High-Altitude Symposium with Course Director, Dr. Peter Hackett. Other faculty includes: Dr. Alan Oram, Dr. Andrew Luks, Dr. Linda Keyes, Dr. Alison Sheets, and Dr. Peter Bartsch. This course addresses the need for specialized education on high altitude illness, an objective hazard that, like avalanche hazard, deserves special attention. This is the first ever, advanced course in high-altitude medicine for those who need it the most. There will be an e-mail with more information coming out soon, so keep an eye out for this! The course fee is waived for AMGA members, so if you want to attend please send an e-mail to Valerie. 
Please check out the general itinerary for the Annual Meeting

Got questions? Want to register for the WFR refresher course or for the High-Altitude Symposium? Please contact Valerie Bender via
email, or call 303-271-0984, ext. 6#.
Fall Programs - There are still spaces left!
There are still spaces available for these courses in Joshua Tree and Red Rocks:

Rock Instructor Course
Rock Instructor Exam
Rock Guide Course
Rock Guide Exam

If you have any questions about these courses or want to register for one, please contact Henry, Program Director via email
Presidential Annual Meeting Photo Needed!
Jason Martin and Bob Gaines are currently hard at work on a new manual for the SPI program. At the beginning of the book (to be published by Globe Pequot) there will be a short history of the AMGA.

The authors thought that it would be nice if they could include a quality photo of the past AMGA presidents from the 2010 Annual Meeting.  There were a lot of people at the meeting when all the presidents got together for a group photo, but to date, the authors haven't found any photos that are publishable.

If you have a copy of the past presidents group photo that you would like to donate to this project, please forward it to Jason at
AMGA Outreach and Advocacy Department with Scott Massey


Arches Climbing Management Plan

Here is a bit of news from the Advocacy Department this month. Arches National Park released their Draft Climbing and Canyoneering Management Plan / Environmental Assessment a few days ago..... the park has determined that "guided rock climbing and canyoneering are not

necessary for the public use and enjoyment of Arches National Park."....I would encourage all AMGA members to take a look at this plan, specifically Appendix J, and submit comments. It is available on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website ...


AMGA Alpine Guides Course Rescue

Another story, that some of you may have seen on Facebook, comes to us from Rocky Mountain National Park. On a recent AMGA Alpine Guides Course, IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guides and Instructor Team members Marc Chauvin and Silas Rossi, and their participants, conducted a rescue....


Acupuncture with Katie Kelly!

Most of you may recognize her as the former AMGA Membership Director. She now practices acupuncture at Boulder Community Acupuncture and has an awesome deal for AMGA members! Get more information here.

AMGA Scholarship Sponsors

We've been receiving lots of scholarship photos, write-ups, and videos from the recipients! Thanks to everyone putting their time into this, especially during this busy summer season.

Thanks again to all of the sponsors and families who make these scholarships possible for students taking AMGA courses or exams.

Here's a
list of the recipients, in case you missed it last month.

AMGA Social Media
Want to see your photo on our e-news or social media?

Do you have photos that you would like to donate to the AMGA stock folder?
Please send our way and we'll be in touch to let you know which ones we use and where.

Please email photos here.

AMGA has instagram!
If you're using instagram, please tag us @amga1979
during courses, guiding excursions, personal adventures, etc.

AMGA Merchandise
We have AMGA full-length, orange, UV Buffs available for purchase! ($20 each)
You can call or email Valerie (303-271-0984, ext. 6 //, to order one. We also have t-shirts and sweatshirts available.
  Penny in buff
Job Opportunities in the Guiding Industry

Wanna guide the Tetons?  


Jackson Hole Mountain Guides

Expands Guest Guide Opportunities

CONTACT:  Rob Hess, Chief Guide  //  email 


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. 



REI Outdoor School Instructor (Denver/Boulder)
Position: Part-time employment for year round guiding 
Contact: Paul Haraf  //  email  //  215.300.7750

  • Minimum AMGA SPI certified with experience teaching lead climbing, anchor building, rock rescue, etc..
  • AIARE Level 1 certified or higher a plus
  • Experience teaching a minimum of  3  additional competencies: land navigation, GPS, SUP, snowshoeing, basic mountaineering, AIARE  Level 1 instructor, survival skills, mountain biking, yoga, personal trainer, trail running or photography.
  • Experience in guiding in the Boulder Denver Area
  • 3 plus years of paid guiding experience
  • Current WFR or higher and current CPR
  • Valid driver's license with no negative incidents which includes medical screen and the ability to pass drug screen
The perks:

At REI, we understand that benefits matter - we have a competitive offering which includes:
  • Comprehensive health and well-being programs
  • A competitive bonus/incentive program
  • Generous gear and merchandise discount
  • Professional growth and development opportunities 
A work environment where RESPECT, INTEGRITY, and BALANCE are just a few of our fundamental values!  For more information and to submit a resume contact Paul Haraf at or by cell at 215-300-7750.


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