by howiemtnguide » Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:31 pm
The Chief wrote:So Howie...
Please fill us all in on the evolution of the AMGA, it's course prereq's and it's course prices since '88 when I first got involved with them.
Please do also tell us all on why the AMGA no longer Grandfather's any of it's prereq's.
Oh yeah, and why the AMGA is seriously considering disqualifying any AMGA Qualed Guide/Instructor/Member that participates/affiliates themselves with any PCGI Courses.
cp0915 wrote:Am I the only one who smells 'over-reaction' in the air?
by albanberg » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:44 pm
howiemtnguide wrote:They recognize the benefits of hiring a professional to help them make the most of their experience. These people have often quickly become friends and excellent mountain companions over time. I have seen most of my guests learn the necessary skills to be mountain savvy in far less time than I obtained them myself. Many of them take these skills and use them to go out on their own on a regular basis. I think it is hard to argue that as an unethical, or un-stylish way to go to the mountains.
by howiemtnguide » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:04 am
What if I only want to Guide in the Sierra, Tetons or the Whites in the North East and not Internationally?
Why do I need to go through the entire prolonged Alpine Guide program schedule (up to 3 years) and spend over $15K to get my AMGA "Alpine Cert"?
Why do I need to get cert'd in an environment that I never intend to practice/climb/guide in i.e. The Glacier filled Cascades?
What young dirtbag climber on a strict budget eating PBJs and driving a 20 year old rig w/250k miles, can afford that??
So you equate the modern expensive AMGA course with quality????
A bit biased aren't we?
Sounds like an attempt to monopolize the Cert Industry in the U.S. to me.
I believe that we need some new Org's here in the U.S. to compete with the astronomical and inflated prices of the AMGA.
I also believe that some competition in the Industry would promote more simpler and area specific Certs. Something that the AMGA originally did BITD.
Remember, as long as "Standardization" across the board is the goal, the AMGA should not be worrying about these up & coming Programs that afford QUALITY Instruction/Certing to those of us that are on a very limited budget and wish to guide in certain locales.
by myles » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:07 am
by howiemtnguide » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:36 am
by myles » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:44 am
howiemtnguide wrote:Hi Myles,
Are you referring to Frank Carus by any chance? Awesome guy. I saw him in the Eastern Sierra for a Ski Guide Course last year. He is an AMGA Certified guide actively on track to becoming Internationally certified.
by howiemtnguide » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:13 am
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