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American Mountain Guides Association

The AMGA is the only guides association in the US to be recognized by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA). The AMGA conducts guide training programs and certification exams. You can get lists of certified members of the AMGA from their web site at

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides

The ACMG is the Canadian equivalent of the AMGA. You can find information on Canadian guide training and certification programs as well as discussions on other aspects of professional guiding in Canada and abroad.

New Zealand Mountain Guides Association

The NZMGA is the internationally recognized guides association in New Zealand. A good source for information about guiding mountain guiding in New Zealand.

Cyberspace Avalanche Center

A source for information on snow pack stability.

Jean-Claude Latombe

Jean-Claude has joined us on many trips. He has put together a site describing these and many other trip he has done. Lots of good photos.

Meteo Suisse

In English. A very good source for weather forecasts and weather information in Switzerland and western Europe.

Meteo France

Satellite images of the western Europe.

Meteo Blue

Another good forecast site. Their "Meteogram" is quite useful. You can enter virtually any destination in Europe in the search bar to get forecasts for specific locales.

Topin real time weather cameras in Switzerland

You can see what the weather really is doing. Check out Gornergrat for a view of the Matterhorn, Diavolessa for the weather in the SE (near Piz Bernina), and Verbier for western Switzerland Click here for a listing of all Swiss locations.

Swiss Railways

A great source and help for planning travel in Switzerland. It can give you train schedules, travel times and fares for travel within Switzerland.


The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education is a non-profit organization dedicated to the the development of high quality training curriculum and instructors. If you think you might be interested in taking an avalanche training course you should be sure it is instructed by an AIARE certified instructor.

Syndicat National des Guides de Montagne

The SNGM is the French National Guide Association.

and also DolomiteSportNetwork

Our friends Dan and Janine Patitucci have put together a site highlighting all the fun things to do in the Dolomites. Also, if you are planning a trip there, be sure to check out the DolomiteSportNetwork, which has tons of great advice, including such essentials are recommended pizzarias, hotels, and even guides! Also, Janine and Dan, being pro photographers and all-around mega-mountain-enthusiasts, have some amazing photos to spark your admiration and enthusiasm.





Commercial sites

Wilson Eastside Sports

Our local Bishop climbing shop. They have particularly good info of boot resoling as that is a part of what they do (and they do it well!). The site also has information about local rock climbing and bouldering sites.

Corax Alpine Guides

Corax Alpine Guides Canadian guide Mark Klassen. Though there may be lots of good guides throughout the world, we can recommend Mark with much enthusiasm.

Adventures to the Edge

Directed by IFMGA guide Jean Pavillard, ATE is one of the best guide services in the US. We collaborate on many things and often refer climbers and skiers we can't accommodate to one another.

On Top Mountaineering

On Top Mountaineering is directed by IFMGA guide Jorg Wiltz. Jorg did his guides training and exams in Germany but now lives in Boulder Colorado. We often run into Jorg in Chamonix in the summers, asking each other when will we have time to get together for a beer?

Pro Guiding

Martin Volken runs Pro Guide service. Martin is an IFMGA Mountain Guide, originally from Switzerland, but now living in North Bend, Washington.

North American Ski Training Center

NASTC is directed by fantastic ski trainer Chris Fellows. This coming winter we are trying to work together with Chris and NASTC to run trips in the Alps, specifically "ski weeks" in the Chamonix Valley.

Chauvin Guides International

Marc Chauvin, a good friend, is one of only a handful of American IFMGA certified guides. Because we support those guides who have shown their dedication to their professionalism in this way, we encourage you to visit Marc's site. Marc is based in North Conway, New Hampshire.

Aventuras Patagonicas

AP is run by guide Rodrigo Mujica. For the last few years Kathy and I have guided on several of Rodrigo's Aconcagua trips. Being originally Chilean, now living in Jackson Wyoming, Rodrigo does a great Aconcagua. Rodrigo is Alpine and Rock certified and, like Jay, is working on finishing his ski certification as the last step to IFMGA certification.

New England Mountain Guides

Run by our good friend Alain Comeau, New England Mountain Guides is based in the Mount Washington area in New Hampshire. Alain is certified as a Rock and Alpine Guide by the AMGA.

Mountain Guides Colorado

Mountain Guides Colorado is run by our friend Alan Jolley. Alan has been instrumental in the development of the AMGA's rock guide training and certification program. He is based out of Nederland, CO.

Sierra Mountain Guides

This is the site of our friends, Howie Schwartz, and Neil Satterfield. They live on the east side of the Sierra Nevada but that doesn't keep them from wandering all over the globe.

Sierra Mountain Center

Todd Vogel and SP Parker jointly own Sierra Mountain Center, probably the busiest guide service in the Eastern Sierra. They are good friends and we often refer clients to one another. Kathy and I also occasionally work for SMC, as ski and climbing guides.

TwinHelix Designs

TwinHelix Designs is the author of the DHTML JavaScript Tree I used in the pull-down menus. After looking at about 6 or 7 different menus, and wanting to avoid a Windows only application (I have a Mac) I found this one. I think it works great and the instructions were such that even I could decipher (I'm a mountain guide, remember, not a computer wizard). And an added bonus is that it is free so long as I include a link which I am more than happy to do! Thank you, TwinHelix.

Satellite Communication

This is the outfit from which we bought our satellite phone. John Svalander was great to work with, was remarkably prompt with email and offered great advice. And, as members of the French mountain guides association (SNGM) offered us a very good deal. He's based in Morges, Switzerland..

Alvarado Adventures - Climbing and Trekking in Peru

These are our good friends, Emilio, Peter and William Alvarado. We have been working with them since the late 1980's. They are great people, honest, open, and friendly, and do a very professional job providing us with logistics and base camp support for all of our Peru programs.