Category Archives: American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Training

Guiding in a super-continental snowpack: How to keep guests happy in the San Juan Mountains.

This is a repost from a Backcountry Access Blog post that Josh wrote in December 2017. The San Juan Mountains around Red Mountain Pass and Silverton, CO are known to have the most avalanche prone and finicky snow pack in … Continue reading

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LEKI Ski Pole Review – Micro Tourstick Vario Carbon, Blue Bird Carbon S, Aergonlite 2 Carbon

As winter begins to approach, I start to reorganize my different “kits,” seeing what gear needs to be replaced and what still works. This past season I had the opportunity to work and ski with three different sets of LEKI … Continue reading

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Backcountry Communication Devices; Satellite phones, VHF radios, & Cell Phones

Technology is a part of the backcountry these days, whether we like it or not.  Backcountry technology can be used heavily, or just for emergency situations.  Typically some form of backcountry communication device is considered standard practice these days, at … Continue reading

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Backcountry Access Tracker2 Beacon Review

For the past several years I have been skiing, guiding, and teaching with the Backcountry Access Tracker2 avalanche transceiver.  I typically get in close to 80 days every winter wearing my beacon. These include a mix of ski patrolling, course leading … Continue reading

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American Mountain Guides Association Alpine Guide Exam

This September I took and passed the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Alpine Guide exam.  I am now an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide.  The Alpine Guide Certification is designed for people who guide glaciated and non-glaciated peaks, approaches and climbs, … Continue reading

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Babcock Peak Training w/ TriState CareFlight, La Plata County SAR, and Durango Fire and Rescue

Being a climbing guide involves more than just guiding.  As Uncle Ben said to Spider man, “With great power comes great responsibility.”  So, last week I got the opportunity to participate in a joint technical training with; TriState Care Flight, … Continue reading

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Speedy AMGA Exam Prep Trip

This fall I am registered for the American Mountain Guides Association Alpine Guide Exam.  This exam will take place in September in the North Cascades of WA. The exam is the final step in the Alpine Guide discipline track with … Continue reading

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How to Become a Mountain or Ski Guide

With cooler temps and fall coming in quick, people are starting to have skiing on the brain.  And with that, comes people interested in working as ski guides.  We have had at least one person a day for the last … Continue reading

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ERNEST and SERENE Rock Climbing Anchors

If you’ve ever attended an outdoor climbing class that covers anchor building, had a quality climbing mentor,  or have read books covering this topic you may have heard or read about ERNEST or SERENE (or its shortened version RENE) used … Continue reading

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American Mountain Guides Association Advanced Alpine Guides Course/ Aspirant Exam

September was a busy month for the guides of KMG!  It started off with Josh heading to Washington State for his Advanced Alpine Guides Course and Aspirant Exam (AAGC/AE) with American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). The Advanced Alpine Guide Course … Continue reading

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