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AMERICAN MOUNTAIN
GUIDES ASSOCIATION

AMERICAN MOUNTAIN
GUIDES ASSOCIATION

Eddie Bauer - AMGA guide Angela Howse on a climb in Idaho’s Caribou-Targhee National Forest


The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is an educational non‐profit that is dedicated to supporting the American mountain guiding community. Their mission is to be the leader in education, standards, and advocacy for professional guides and climbing instructors.

Eddie Bauer - AMGA guide Erik Liedecker takes on the Selvaggio Blu

AMGA Courses & Certifications
The AMGA maintains the high standards of professionalism expected in American guiding and climbing instruction. They offer more than 300 internationally recognized training course, exams, and certifications designed to certify individual guides and climbing instructors as well as accredit climbing and skiing services.

The Guide Program certifies alpine, rock, and ski mountaineering guides

The Climbing Instructor Program certifies rock, climbing wall, and single pitch instructors

The Accreditation Program endorses guide services or other organizations that offer climbing instruction, guided climbing, or ski services



The ASCENT Alpine Skills Course Sponsored By Eddie Bauer
Eddie Bauer and the AMGA are committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the mountain guiding profession. Often women, people of color, LGBTQ2IA+, and people with various underrepresented identities face significant barriers when pursuing a career as a guide or instructor. Every year, 8 aspiring guides from marginalized communities receive scholarships and are able to get the mentorship and training they need to become accredited mountain guides.

Meet Our AMGA-Certified Eddie Bauer Guides
We’re proud to have such talented and dedicated leaders on our guide and athlete team, and we’re beyond thankful for the wisdom, depth of experience, and sense of adventure that they bring with them.

Adrian Ballinger
Eddie Bauer Alpine Climbing Guide (AMGA/IFMGA)
Adrian Ballinger has a list of alpine climbing accomplishments any professional alpinist would be happy to call their own. The renown and respect his peers in those places on the ceiling of the earth have for him also stems from his two decades of guiding experience. He’s successfully led more than 100 clients to the over 8,000-meter summits of Everest, Lhotse, Manaslu, and Cho Oyu. In 2004, Ballinger founded Alpenglow Expeditions, leading three trips on one continent. Now thriving, and a leader...
Angela Hawse
Alpine Climbing Guide (AMGA/IFMGA)
Angela has been climbing, skiing and working full-time as a mountain guide for well over three decades. She’s one of the most experienced women guides in the industry, and one of only 11 female guides in the country to have achieved certification in all three AMGA disciplines of alpine, rock, and ski guiding. As such, Angela earned the highly regarded international IFMGA license for mountain guides, which enables her to guide anywhere in the world. Her favorite all-time adventure is a 12-day human powered ski mountaineering...
Erik Leidecker
Eddie Bauer Ski Guide (AMGA/IFMGA)
Few guides know the terrain of Idaho’s Sawtooth Range better than Erik. Raised in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area, he earned his guiding stripes in one of the most remote and rugged ranges in the lower 48. An IFMGA mountain guide with two decades of experience, Erik is extremely proficient on foot as well as on skis. He co-owns and operates Sawtooth Mountain Guides and also works as an instructor and examiner for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).
Seth Waterfall
Eddie Bauer Alpine Climbing Guide (AMGA)
The classic mountain guide that is both understated about his achievements and incredibly adaptable to unforeseen situations—Seth Waterfall is the textbook example of that description. Growing up in Colorado and California, Waterfall took to the outdoors early on, due to the influence of his parents and grandparents. After earning a degree in Mathematics from the UC Santa Barbara, he followed the path less taken, earning his way up the mountain guide ranks with...
Adrian Ballinger on the trek home after summiting K2 without supplemental oxygen
Seth Waterfall & Erik Leidecker enjoy some down time while trekking the Selvaggio Blu
Angela Hawse prepares for some snow pack stability tests on a guided ski trip in Red Mountain Pass, San Juan Mountains, Colorado
Angela Hawse enjoys the scenery in Idaho’s Caribou-Targhee National Forest
Erik Leidecker sets up camp on an expedition to Iceland
Adrian Ballinger treks the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit in the Peruvian Andes