*Sierra Mountain Guides was the first, and is currently one of the few, guide services in the US that require guides to be AMGA certified or actively on track toward certification in the guiding disciplines they work.
The Guide Line
by Doug Schnitzspahn on June 27, 2012
Haul Bag? Nope. The six-day AMGA rock guide exam requires climbers to learn client care beyond belays.
The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is attempting to make sure people who go out climbing, mountaineering and skiing with guides get what they pay for. But in a culture that encourages free enterprise is Euro-style guiding the answer? It may be the only way to go as younger climbers buy into international accreditation and land managers nationwide demand that guides know what the hell they are doing.
Read the full article here at Elevation Outdoors Magazine!