Posts tagged "AMGA"

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...

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...

Stop snowing already!

It has been snowing in Crested Butte for what seems like over a week straight now. Too much of a good thing. With all this snow the avalanche danger has been HIGH for about a week. There have been accidents, close calls, zero visibility, shoveling, more shoveling, skiing low angle powder, and a little complaining....

CBMG Winter Backcountry Ski Guide Training

It’s that time again. I’ve been avoiding skiing in the thin and somewhat sketchy early season snow, but when duty calls I’ll tough it out for a day with CB’s finest. After the first 100 meters of skinning or so, I felt right at home psyched and ready for winter. Being a very small and...

Flat land ski mountaineering training.

I’m out in Minnesota for Thanksgiving with my partner’s family, not missing much as there is really no snow back home. I’ve been keeping myself busy with some flat-land training pain. In my on again- off again training regiment, I’ve become enamored with pain inducing programs derived from the Cross-fit program. While crossfit doesn’t exactly...

Mountain Guides on Holiday

I had the pleasure of spending the past weekend in the company of two of america’s finest mountain guides, UIAGM guides Geoff Unger and Jeff Banks. While there technically is snow here in CB, I’ve never really been a big fan of core-shots in my skis from the thin ‘snowpack’. I decided to do something...

AMGA Ski Mountaineering Exam

I suppose ’tis the season for “What it takes to be a ski guide” blog posts (see IFMGA guide Evan Steven’s great entries here as well as the current issue of The Avalanche Review). I thought I’d milk this for what it’s worth and describe the experience from a candidate’s perspective. I embarked on the process that is ski guide certification...

Congratulations Certified Ski Mountaineering Guides!

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...