American Mountain Guides Association

Sliding on Volcanos

As I delve into my final AMGA discipline, I am finding the beauty of carrying boards to the top of the mountains, the descent! It is some feeling when you get to the top of peaks and know you only have a few hours and you will be back at the car when all the other climbers have a knee banging descent. But it is also about experiencing the alpine environment in a different way. Sliding across endless fields of glaciers, taking routes because they present a steeper slope, managing terrain that I would typically brush off and sliding over cracks I would typically want a rope on. Experiencing the “flow”...

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One Hand Clove Hitch

The clove hitch is used in climbing for many different applications. It is handy for attaching oneself to an anchor because of the ease of adjusting it during its use. Tying it one handed can be of great benefit to secure yourself when you are hanging by one hand. Here is a tech video I made where Cody Bradford shows the one handed clove hitch.

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Rock Climbing Summer Camp Video

Here is a video that I put together of a Fox Mountain Guides's summer camper's thoughts on "The Seal" at Looking Glass Rock.   Click here to see more: www.rockclimbingsummercamps.com

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Guiding’s Professional Problem… Follow up (2 trends that will kill crossfit)

Ok, so this article on Crossfit (pasted below as well) finally got me to write about a touchy subject in the guiding industry. It is amazing the parallels I see in these two industries’ problems. In the U.S., a guide or climbing instructor doesn’t need any training at all. Many folks just start a web page after a few years of climbing and proclaim themselves “mountain guides” and start taking people out on to the rock and into the mountains. Others, like myself and those that I am proud to work with, take the long path of years of personal climbing followed by spending tons of money...

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AMGA Doug Parker and Roger Baxter-Jones Memorial Scholarship

I received the Doug Parker and Roger Baxter-Jones Memorial Scholarship for my Alpine Guides exam and here is the video that I put together for it!    

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Carabiner Brake Rappel (Tech Tip)

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Practicing Rescue

Some guides practicing rescue. Yes, this is what we do at night...   Rescue Drill from karsten delap on Vimeo.

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