American Mountain Guides Association Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant Exam Finished!

Well, this years first American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Ski Mountaineering Guides Course and Aspirant Exam (SMGC/AE) is over!  It was a great ten days of learning new techniques, refining skills already familiar with, and pushing everybody’s comfort level at some point or an other.  A huge thanks to both of the instructors.  Both are IFMGA licensed mountain guides.  Evan Stevans from Valhalla Mountain Touring and Erik Leideker from Sawtooth Mountain Guides both did a great job running a course in less than ideal conditions.  Meters of fresh snow and general nuclear conditions made the learning and instruction a little tricky to say the least.

Course participants are now on their way home.  From Chamonix, France to Jackson Hole WY, Boulder, Colorado, and of course Durango to name a few.  It was great to see that virtually all course participants were somewhere on the full IFMGA process. Everybody was a career guide.  There was nobody on the course who was just a rock climber looking to have their adventures paid for.  There are some new pictures posted here.

This course continues to show KMG’s commitment to the highest level of mountain guiding professionalism in the Durango area.  The next course a KMG guide will be taking is the Rock Instructor Course.  John Minier will be taking this course in May in Eldorado Canyon outside of Boulder, CO.  After this course John will have completed both ski and rock training with the AMGA.  KMG guide Ben Gardner has completed advanced rock, ski, and alpine training with the AMGA.  KMG guide Everett Chamberlain has completed advanced rock, alpine, and ski guide training with the AMGA.

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