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Annual Meeting  

We hope you're getting psyched for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Boulder, CO! We have confirmed Dylan Taylor for the slideshow this year at the Main Event. He'll be telling us about his skiing/climbing adventures in Afghanistan. You can see his photos throughout the new Guide Bulletin. 

We also still have space available for the High-Altitude Symposium and the WFR Recertification.

If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting, please contact Dana or Valerie.
Advocacy with Scott Massey

Scott Massey Greetings from Colorado! Here are some notable items from the past month. North Cascades National Park (NOCA) has officially instituted a ban on any new bolted anchors in the park's designated wilderness, pending completion of a climbing management plan. For the official notice, see the NOCA website.... In other news, Nepal has announced that it will be placing a "permanent government mechanism" at the Everest Base Camp to provide closer monitoring of climbers' activities. 
To read more, go to the PDF.
Reel Rock Film Tour

The AMGA will be attending the Reel Rock Film Tour with Gore-Tex in Boulder, CO at the Chautauqua Auditorium on Thursday, September 19th and Friday, September 20th. If you live near the area and will be at either of the shows, stop by our booth with Gore-Tex! Buy tickets here.

Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation

kees As a reminder to all of our members, we partner with the the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation, who provide financial assistance to Professional Guides who may require surgery or operations so that they are able to continue a career in guiding. 

The Letter of Introduction specifically states "alpine guides", however, the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation will review and assess all guide applications as long as that individual meets the key criteria.  The basic
key criteria is, career threatening injury, documentation supporting career and/or career intent with the guiding, patrolling, or instructing organization, and medical expenses related to injury would present a considerable financial hardship. 

To learn more information or to apply, please visit their website or apply here.   

Brooks-Range Scholarship Recipient

We are highlighting Aaron Richards, who received the Brooks-Range Scholarship for his Alpine Guide Course.

A few words from Aaron: "
I began my career in guiding in 2009 after years of working as a field botanist in the Pacific Northwest. Tired of talking only to the trees, I was excited to start working with
people. Since then, I've found enormous r2013 Brooks Range logoeward in taking guests into the backcountry and raising their appreciation of  and respect for wild places.


Taking courses - including the Alpine Course - through the AMGA has always been my goal. I believe in a high level of education for guides and want there to be a standard that we all strive for. Brooks-Range helped make this possible for me with their annual scholarship. The company does a good job of taking care of guides - both through their well-designed gear and through their contributions to the AMGA. Thanks for the support, Brooks-Range!" 

Brooks-Range has been partners with the AMGA since 1998 and offers a full-tuition scholarship every year for someone who is looking to expand their professional guiding career in the Ski or Alpine discipline. Thank you to Brooks-Range, a Diamond Partner of the AMGA, for 15+ years of support and providing our students and members this opportunity!  

Lifetime Achievement and Guide of the Year Nominations  

We are currently accepting nominations for both of the Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding and Guide of the Year awards.  

Once the recipients are decided, the awards will be presented to them at this year's Annual Meeting. To learn more about these awards, click on the respective PDF link.

Please email
Valerie with your nomination by Friday, September 6th.
AMGA Programs

There are still spaces available in courses coming up this Fall 2013: Rock Course
R11:RGC/AE:13 10/1 - 10/13
R12:RGE:13 - 10/1 - 6/13
R14:RGE:13 - 10/12 - 17/13

2014 AMGA course information and application program deadlines
was sent out in an email to all members last week. If you did not receive this or have any questions about programs, please contact Henry or Pete.

Climbing Instructor Programs

Single-Pitch Instructor Provider Refresher and Climbing Wall Instructor Provider Training Information on the PDF from Ed Crothers here. 
Tents for sale!
San Juan Mountain Guides has TWO Mountain Hardwear Space Station Tents for sale.  These mid 2000 model Space stations have just received over $2000 of factory restoration at Mountain Hardwear.  They are in excellent condition with reconditioned/replaced fabric and poles. $2500 each.  Please call for details at:  1-800-642-5389.
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