American Mountain Guides Association
        2013 July eNewsletter

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High Altitude Symposium
WFR Recertification
Patagonia Women's Scholarship Recipient
Expanded Pro-purchase for SPI
AMGA Instagram
Help Wanted
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AMGA Annual Meeting

October 21-28, 2013 in Boulder, CO
The meeting is FREE for AMGA members. Non-members - $15 donation per day.

Please check out the general itinerary for the Annual Meeting here.

Got questions? Please contact Valerie Bender via
email, or call 303-271-0984, ext. #6.
High Altitude Symposium with Dr. Peter Hackett, et al.

An exciting happening this year during the AMGA Annual Meeting 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.
A certificate will be distributed upon completion of this course.

The course fee is waived for AMGA members, so if you want to attend please send an e-mail to Valerie. **PRE-REGISTRATION for this symposium is REQUIRED. Please note that this course is being offered to the public, as well, so register early to guarantee yourself a spot. 
For more information, please refer to the flyer on our website.

WFR Recertification
There will be a WFR Recertification at the Annual Meeting this October in the Eldorado Canyon Visitor Center. This course will be held with Instructor Aaron Ball from the Wilderness Medicine Training Center on October 21-22.  
Please find the WFR Recertification poster here.

Download the Registration forms here.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Nicolazzo from the WMTC.
email // phone: 509-996-2502 
Patagonia Women's Scholarship Recipient - Solveig Waterfall
Patagonia is excited to announce Solveig Waterfall as the 2013 AMGA women's scholarship recipient.  This scholarship is funded by Patagonia in cooperation with the AMGA as an opportunity for a professional female guide to advance her guiding career. Solveig will receive full-tuition towards her Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam that was held in Valdez, AK in April 2013.

A few words from Solveig:

"I grew up at Alpental Ski Area in the PNW and began skiing before I even had a thought or say in the matter. Sharing my passion for soft snow, smooth skin tracks, and a fluid descent by committing myself to this industry for the last ten years has been an amazing adventure, and becoming a certified ski guide has been a goal I've been working towards attaining for the better part of that time.

I currently guide year-round for Rainier Mountaineering, Pro Guiding Service, Pacific Alpine Guides, and Chugach Powder Guides in both the Ski and Alpine Disciplines, as well as teaching AIARE courses.

Receiving the Patagonia Women's Scholarship has been a huge honor. I've had the good fortune, during my training, to be surrounded and schooled by an incredible group of world class guides, a few of which are inspiring female mentors who have helped to shape the course of my career and mold my character and presence in the field. Their encouragement, as well the gift of the Patagonia Women's Scholarship and it's support for the growth and promotion of women in this occupation have been instrumental to my success."

New Pro-Purchase privilege for SPI Certified
Patagonia has expanded their pro-purchase privileges to current AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructors. Thank you to Patagonia for extending this offer to our members and we appreciate all of their support for our organization!

If you qualify and would like to utilize these SPI pro-purchase benefits, please email Valerie for more information.   
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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 // valerie@amga.com) to order one. We also have t-shirts and sweatshirts available.
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Job Opportunities in the Guiding Industry
Crested Butte Mountain Guides
Ski & Ice Guide Opportunity
CONTACT: Jayson Simons-Jones // email

Crested Butte Mountain Guides is seeking an AIARE Avalanche Course Instructor, Backcountry Ski & Ice Climbing Guide for the 2013 - 2014 winter season. The guide will need to be available from December 1st 2013 to mid-April 2014.  The guide can expect to be guiding backcountry ski touring, teaching AIARE avalanche courses,  guiding backcountry hut trips, ice climbing, and the occasional extreme snow shoe tour ;-) . AIARE Level 1 Course Leader status preferred but not required. Required: A minimum of Level-2 avalanche course completion, Wilderness First Responder, a minimum of three years of professional decision-making experience in avalanche terrain, and completion of an AMGA ski guides course. This is a great opportunity for a guide to get lots of winter guiding and teaching experience with a team of AMGA Trained and Certified Ski Mountaineering Guides in an incredible backcountry environment. Interested applicants should contact Jayson Simons-Jones (CBMG Owner/Lead Guide) at: jayson@crestedbutteguides.com.

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. 



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