Ascent Alpine Skills Course – Sponsored by Eddie Bauer

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This course is the entry-level program in both the AMGA Alpine and Ski Disciplines and will open doors for future guides. The five-day course will run in late June or early July in the PNW area.

The application is now CLOSED

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I apply for this course?

    This course is for anyone who does not fall into a dominant group at the AMGA. Historically women, people of color, LGBTQ2IA+, and people with various underrepresented identities have faced barriers to entering careers as guides and instructors. We would like to support underrepresented communities to pursue guide training and education at the AMGA. The following are required in order to apply for the course:

    • Current AMGA member
    • Current CPR Certification
    • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification or higher that meets the Minimum Guidelines and Scope of Practice for a WFR
    • For 2018/19 and on: successful completion of an AMGA approved Level I Avalanche Training and Avalanche Rescue Course
      • For details on the new avalanche education framework being introduced in the 2017/18 season, please click here.
    • Two years personal climbing experience on a variety of terrain that includes snow, rock and alpine
    • Confidence leading 5.6 in rock shoes, at the time of the course
    • Confidence on 3rd and 4th class terrain, in mountain boots, at the time of the course
    • Competence in overnight backcountry camping
    • Experience up to 10,000' in elevation
    • Familiar with basic knots, including: figure 8, bowline, clove hitch, munter hitch, mule hitch, prusik, flat overhand, double fisherman's and klemheist
    • Confidence placing traditional rock protection
    • Familiar with multiple types of belaying techniques, including plates and assisted braking devices
    • Familiar with ascending methods
    • Familiar with mechanical advantage systems
    • Familiar with LNT practices
    • Documentation of lead or shared lead on 5 rock climbs rated 5.6 or harder
    • Documentation of lead or shared lead on 5 ascents that include snow climbing
    • Documentation of 3 overnight backcountry trips

    For more information on the Alpine Skills Course, click here.

  • What does the scholarship cover?

    The scholarship amount covers $1,500 of your course tuition and does not help with travel, food, lodging, etc.

  • What happens if I don't get in to the Ascent Alpine Skills Course?

    If you don’t get into this ASC, email our Guide Program Manager at [email protected] We can transfer your registration to an ASC within the program year, but please note that you wouldn’t be eligible for a scholarship as they will have been awarded.

  • If accepted into the program, when does the tuition fee need to be paid?

    A deposit of $500 is due within two weeks of being offered enrollment to the program. The remaining tuition balance is due no later than 10 weeks prior to the start of the course. If you need to discuss payment plans, please contact the mountain guide office. 

  • What will I need to do in order to receive the scholarship?

    First you need to apply for the scholarship. Once you are accepted and awarded the scholarship, you will receive a contract that outlines the requirements due within four weeks of completing your course. The requirements can include but are not limited to: photos, blog content, video, social media, etc. You will receive your scholarship reimbursement as long as you attend the program and submit your content. 

  • Once I complete the Alpine Skills Course, what does that mean for me?

    When you complete the ASC you are considered an Apprentice Alpine Guide within the AMGA educational field and there is a corresponding scope of practice attached to your training level. Learn more about scope of practice here. The ASC is also the entry level program into other Mountain Guide Programs.

  • Does the AMGA have any other scholarships in case I can't apply for this program?

    Every year we have scholarships available for Mountain Guide Programs. Scholarships are normally open in May, awarded in August, and available for the following year. To see the list of scholarships and how to apply please visit: https://amga.com/scholarships/