What makes an Alpine Endeavors guide different from the rest?
In addition to Alpine Endeavors meeting the standards for AMGA Accreditation, all Alpine Endeavors guides operating in New York are New York State Licensed. Above this, all Alpine Endeavors guides have gone through additional training and/or certification with the American Mountain Guides Association (see certification key at bottom of page). This is a standard we have upheld since 2005, when we started as the only service in New York having all AMGA certified guides. Until a guide is certified, they can only work with us as an assistant under the supervision of one of our certified guides. Having a guide that is certified assures you they have the experience and training to instruct the most up-to-date material and also the know-how to avoid and/or deal with the many situations that can arise.
New York State only offers licensing, the AMGA offers training and exam-certification of guides based on an international standard. For more information on the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and the NYS DEC guide license program, please visit their web sites.
MEET OUR GUIDES
Alpine Endeavors is proud to work with some of the most experienced and well rounded guides in the area.
AMGA Certified Rock Guide, AMGA Certified Alpine Guide, New York State Licensed Guide, Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician, AIARE (avalanche training) Level I, II and III, Leave No Trace Master Educator, General Class Amateur Radio Operator -KC2IZD, Eagle Scout. Author of...more
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide, AMGA Ice Instructor Course Graduate, New York State Licensed Rock and Ice Guide, AIARE (avalanche training) Level I and II, Wilderness First Responder, Sam’s Point Search and Rescue, Amateur...more
In addition to our senior guide and guide staff, we also have assistants who work under supervision of our guides on group programs. Our assistants are NOT certified. They may be previously certified and are in the process of re-certifing, or have recently participated in some AMGA courses and are on the way to certification.
SPECIAL GUEST GUIDES
AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, AMGA Rock Instructor Course Graduate, British Canoe Union Level 3 Sea Kayak Coach, British Canoe Union Canoe Safety Assessor, American Canoe Association Open Water Instructor, SOLO Wilderness Medical Instructor, Wilderness EMT, Vermont EMT Intermediate,...more
In addition to our senior guides, Alpine Endeavors works with specialists from other outdoor professions. These specialists bring their vast experience to us for special programs, as well as work with us as guides in various locations.
AMGA Certification Key
Established in 1986, the AMGA Accreditation Program endorses guide services, climbing programs, and/or school or university outdoor programs that offer climbing instruction, guided climbing, or skiing services. Accreditation provides a consistent standard for judging the reliability and...more
The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States.more
Rock Instructor Certification is designed to apply to most “cragging” style rock climbing areas in the United States. It is meant for guides or aspiring guides who work on routes that are Grade III or shorter. While these routes are multi-pitch, they are relatively straightforward and may not...more
The foundation of technical guiding, The Rock Guide Program prepares and trains you for a professional level of technical instruction and guiding in rock terrain. You will learn or refine your skills in risk-management, industry standards, route finding, technical skills, terrain assessment,...more
The Alpine Guide Certification is designed for people who guide glaciated and non-glaciated peaks, approaches and climbs, with no limitation with respect to season and elevation. It includes rock climbs, peak ascents, waterfall ice climbs, and expeditionary climbing. The alpine program...more
This certification is meant for the experienced backcountry skier or ski mountaineering guide looking to further hone her/his skills in off-trail and glacial terrain. It is designed for guiding either ski tours or ski ascents/descents, on alpine touring or free-heel equipment. Topics covered...more
he AMGA’s Mountain Guide Certification is the highest level of credential attainable by a professional mountain guide, and is an achievement recognized in more than 20 International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) member countries. Our Guide Program includes three...more
We strongly support and believe in the AMGA. All of our guides are certified in one or more disciplines, and assistants are on their way to certification. Please use this key to understand more about the current certifications our guides hold, and what it takes to become certified.