In order to be accepted into the program an individual has to be at a high level of physical fitness with a deep level of experience which includes successful completion of the AMGA Rock Guide Course, the ability to ride steep terrain up to fifty degrees in a variety of snow conditions, the ability to ascend and descend 4,500 vertical feet per day, and acquire American Institute for Avalanche Education and Research (AIARE) Level 2 or equivalent training. In addition to this a participant needs to be able to navigate in white out conditions, execute multi-burial avalanche rescue, build winter shelters such as a snow cave or quinzee, and implement Leave No Trace practices.
The AMGA guide track programs follow 3 disciplines through 10 courses and exams totaling 90 days. The first level courses are the rock, alpine, and ski guide courses. So far I have completed the Rock Guide Course, next is the Ski Guide Course and in June 2016 I will participate in the Alpine Guide Course. After this I will work towards the advanced guide courses and aspirant exams. These courses and exams occur during the same time period. Finally, after completing all three advanced courses and passing the aspirant exams a candidate gains the title of aspirant mountain guide. This series of courses, exams, personal and professional climbing sets the stage to fully complete the certification process by preparing them for the final exams. Successfully completing all of the courses and exams in addition to professional and personal experience a guide has become an American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide. This is the highest level of certification American mountain guides can receive and is an internationally recognized certification. After successfully completing the programs an individual is eligible to guide in other International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) countries such as in the European Union, New Zealand, and Canada. On the AMGA data base surprisingly there are only 107 American Mountain Guides!
The $2,600 raised from this campaign is the cost of the course only. Jere’s Ski Guide Course campaign (click the blue text) allows everyone the option to donate any amount you wish but I have added 4 reward levels to show donors my appreciation. It is my desire to give back to all of you who have supported my goal of raising $2,600. The first level is a $200 donation called “Powder Hound” (click the blue text) and receives a day of guided skiing or splitboarding, rock climbing, or whitewater rafting. The second level at $400 is named “Ski Bunny” (click the blue text) at this level a donor receives a custom 10x30 photo that has been printed with a matte finish and mounted on gator board. Finally, “Hot Dog” (click the blue text), a $500 fourth level, is a 15x30 photo that has been printed on metallic and finished with a U.V. protection coating and has also been mounted on gator board. These rewards have been professionally printed and mounted by the incredible staff at The Breckenridge Photo Shop.