I’m back in Crested Butte after the long Alaska winter and an entire month with no web updates and/or blog entries. The AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide Exam was very successful and took every minute of my focus over the last three weeks and I wanted to congratulate all the participants and newly certified guides. This exam marked a 10% increase in AMGA/UIAGM mountain guides with 6 of the 11 newly certified ski guides receiving their ‘pins’ on this exam.

The 2008 AMGA Ski Mountaineering Guide's Exam

The 2008 AMGA Ski Mountaineering Exam (photo Neil Satterfield) L to R Mark Allen, Mike Poborsky, Eric Leidecker, Joe Stock, Mark Kelly, Ana (official exam mom), Zoe Hart, Dave Miller, Geoff Unger, Mike Bromberg, Nat Patridge, Tim Brown and Neil Satterfield.

Neil Satterfield, Zoe Hart, Geoff Unger, Eric Leidecker, Dave Miller and Mike Poborsky all completed their full AMGA certifications by passing their third and final exams.  I’ll post more photos and post exam commentary as I reestablish myself into a solid state of corn skiing, climbing and relaxation regime here at home.