We are proud to support the mission of the American Mountain Guides Association:
To be the leader in education, standards, and advocacy for professional guides and climbing instructors.
The AMGA’s founders were climbers and skiers with a deep commitment to and understanding of outdoor culture. They realized the soul of these sports didn’t have to be compromised by organization. Organization could instead serve to bring the community together in a revolutionary way. It could provide mountain guides with resources, services, and credentials to boost their careers, but also with connections to each other and to the larger community of guides and clients across the country and around the globe.
ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP
From April 2022: "Climbing season is upon us, so there is no better time to tell you a bit about one of our favorite organizations. The mission of the American Mountain Guides Association's (AMGA) mission is simple: To be the leader in education, standards, and advocacy for professional guides and climbing instructors. We are proud of our 15-year history of supporting that mission through our sponsorship of the important work done by the AMGA and their 4,000+ members."
This year, we partnered with AMGA on the next evolution of their Tech Tip Video Series: The Mountain Skills Series. For the first time since starting this series of educational videos for recreational climbers over a decade ago, they are focusing on non-glaciated alpine terrain. Skills include when and how to use Kiwi Coils, Hip Belays, Terrain Belays, Munter Hitches, Snow Belays and more.
New video tips will be posted weekly through the end of October at @amga1979 and @goretexna on Instagram.
Check out previous videos below.
A thorough lesson on the application and mechanics of the hip belay.
A lesson on why and how to shorten the rope in alpine terrain.
How to build and evaluate a seated bucket snow belay
This is a public service announcement to keep Micro Traxion Belays to low loads scenarios.
When and how to pass a flat overhand knot through a munter on low angle terrain.
Concepts and questions to help you pack for a non-technical alpine climb.
How to use the Munter Hitch for belaying down climbing and lowering in alpine terrain.
Using a horn wrap as a natural anchor in broken alpine terrain.
Tying and using a Munter Hitch in a belay orientation.
How to escape the a munter hitch belay for rescue sitituations.