Annual Meeting

October 22 | Virtual Annual Meeting

Due to COVID-19, the AMGA team made a hard decision to cancel this year’s Annual Membership meeting in Salt Lake City, UT. We thank you for your understanding and flexibility during these dynamic times.

We are excited to announce that we will host a one-day, virtual Annual Meeting on October 22nd. You can expect a full-day event with clinics, speakers, awards, and IFMGA celebration. Even though we won’t be able to meet in person this year, we hope that you will join this virtual gathering of guides, instructors, and partners. Dust off your climbing gear, practice technical skills from your living room and bring your own La Croix this time (sorry, we owe you double La Croix at Annual Meeting 2021!).

Registration is Open!

If you are ready to sign up click the register button and you can sign up for any part of the day and evening.

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Overall Schedule


8:30 -11am MDT – Clinic Block 1

12:30-2pm MDT– Clinic Block 2

4-5pm MDT – Happy Hour with Arc’teryx and Petzl

6-8pm MDT – Annual awards, IFMGA Graduation. Followed by a presentation from Chris Wright and Graham Zimmerman on their Piolet d’Or winning first ascent of Link Sar in Pakistan’s Karakoram mountains.

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Morning Block: 8:30am – 11am (MDT)


Option 1: The New Alpine Rescue Drill with Silas Rossi

Learn the ins and outs of the new alpine rescue drill. Explore different options and solutions with common tools. We’ll explore all the fundamentals to keep your program prep on track as well as prepare for real-world rescues.


About Silas


Option 2: Difficult Conversations with Brittany Leavitt and Mike Kittredge

What does accountability look like during a day of guiding or a course? Join AMGA members in a conversation on the different tactics we can use to set and hold group norms and cultural expectations. Tools include ‘calling in’, ‘calling out’ and self-accountability during guiding and instructing.

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About Brittany

About Mike

Afternoon Block: 12:30-2pm (MDT)


Option 1: Outside the Box Systems with Joe Thompson

This clinic will focus on some of the finer points of rock guiding technical systems. Is it possible to descend a fixed rope when weighted from below? How can I simplify descending transitions? And when is the best time to deploy systems? When is it appropriate to incorporate these “outside the box systems” into my guiding practice? All great questions and I am looking forward to digging into the topics with you.


About Joe


Option 2: Financial Management for Guides with Jay Hack

Jay is a former guide turned Certified Financial Planner™ and a Chairman’s Council member at Raymond James and Associates. Join Jay for a presentation on financial planning, retirement and financial risk management. A presentation specific for guides and instructors.


About Jay

Happy Hour


4-4:30 pm MDT Arc’Teryx Happy Hour | What’s new for 2020/21 & New Gore Pro
Drop-in for a virtual high five and learn about what’s new this winter, including the launch of the new Gore-Tex Pro Most Rugged. Ask us any general questions, including product care.

4:30-5 PM MDT The PETZL “We Miss You”: Happy Hour & New Product Reveal
Petzl employees always look forward to having the AMGA at the facility in October, so we’re pretty bummed we’ll miss out this year! Be that as it may, we hope you’ll join us for our virtual happy hour.

What to expect:4:30-4:45 pm MDT: NEW PRODUCT REVEAL!

We’ll give you a sneak preview of what’s coming down the line in the next 6 months. This new gear will be presented by Jason Billing, Petzl Rep, and ACMG guide in Western Canada. He’ll go over why you’ll need these new tools in your guiding kit.4:45-5 pm: Tech Questions Answered – We’ll have a Petzl Technical Institute staff member on hand for a Q&A for any of those burning questions you may have realized over the last year.

DISCOUNTS on PETZL GEAR! In lieu of our pop-up shop this year, we still want to provide our special AMGA Annual Meeting discount to members. We’ll extend this special offer only to those in attendance. Make sure you drop by!

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6-8pm (MDT)


Join us for our Annual Awards, IFMGA graduation, and the wrap up of our Silent Auction. Followed by our main event.

Join American Mountain Guide Chris Wright (American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. AMGA Instructor Team Member) and Protect Our Winters Ambassador Graham Zimmerman for photos and stories from their Piolet d’Or winning the first ascent of Link Sar in Pakistan’s Karakoram mountains. Wright and Zimmerman’s climb is an inspiring story of teamwork and perseverance as they, along with alpine veterans Steve Swenson and Mark Richey, combined their 100+ years of experience to get to the top. The team will also discuss how guiding and AMGA training inform their skill sets, as well as thoughts on being citizens of a global climbing community and protecting the mountains and wild places we love.

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Annual Meeting Questions? Email [email protected] or call 303.271.0984.