AMGA

Many ways to skin a cat: multi-pitch rappelling

While going through the process of becoming a Mountain Guide through the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), I was thrice instructed and evaluated by a colleague who was very fond of using the phrase “there’s more than one way to skin a cat” during course debriefs and performance evaluations.  While this idiom generally conjured up...
Fall Adventures

Fall Adventures

The snow is flying and winter has absolutely arrived here in Crested Butte. I’ve dug the ski and ice gear out of the closet and have even had a few days out on snow and ice. Below are a few select moments from my time in Indian Creek, UT as well as some shots from...
Chamonix Guide Training Videos

Chamonix Guide Training Videos

As far as guide training goes; the more complicated the better! On my days off this summer, I’ve been taking full advantage of the learning opportunities that the Mont Blanc range presents. Our first specimen is a clip put together by Ross Berg of he and I on the Traverse d’Entreves on the Franco-Italian border....

AMGA Certified Rock Guide

Exciting news! I am officially an AMGA Certified Rock Guide. Thanks so much for all of your support and kind words. Speaking of the AMGA, I am down in Moab enjoying the 2009 AMGA Annual Meeting. more on that later… mike

The suspense is killing me!

The AMGA’s new “two week” rule is more stressful than the exam itself… The new rule is designed to give both the candidates and examiners some time to appropriately process feedback and reflect on the learning experience. In past courses and exams, candidates were immediately informed of their final score- resulting in either gleeful satisfaction...

IFMGA Aspirant Guide

Yesterday marked the end of the seemingly endless 12 days of the American Mountain Guides Association’s Advanced Alpine Guides Course and Aspirant Exam. After the kilometers of shortroping, shortpitching, and everything in between- I am now certified as an IFMGA Aspirant Guide. Those of you who are familiar with this process will note that this...

Chamonix Randomness

More than halfway through the AMGA Advanced Alpine Guide’s Course on the early morning telepherique I learn that “it’s not nice to make the local guides get in before you!”… There is etiquette and manners and then their is the mountain guide hierarchy here in the chamonix valley. As an aspiring IFMG/UIAGM Aspirant Guide I’m...

Cham training

“Watch this guy, this is a very good technique”, said in heavily accented English during my first alpine route in Chamonix. I was halfway up the route Arete des Cosmiques “mock-guiding” a friend through a technical transition, when a group of Dutch mountain guide trainees caught up with us. Despite the initial praise from their...

Spring Training

Spring is the season for ski guides training for upcoming AMGA Ski Mountaineering Courses and Exams. I’ve been getting in touch and helping out fellow guides with advice for how to really maximize their instructional experiences while avoiding excessive MARGINAL scores. As temperatures climb here in the Elk Mountains, stability is quite good, even Very...