AMGA Partnership

AMGA, Mountain Athlete Partner to Promote Mountain-Specific Fitness for up and coming Mountain Professionals


Soon, new mountain professionals beginning their certification process through the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) will be able to train sport-specifically for their initial certification courses.


As part of an innovative partnership between the AMGA and Mountain Athlete, new mountain professionals taking the AMGA’s 12-Day Ski Guide Course, 9-Day Alpine Guide Course and the 10-day Rock Guide Course, will receive a 6-8 week sport-specific training plan to prepare.


Coaches at Mountain Athlete are working now to design the training plans sport-specifically to address the fitness demands of the individual courses.


Since its inception, Mountain Athlete has worked closely with mountain professionals including experienced and award winning mountain guides like Rob Hess, Christian Santelieces, and Brenton Reagan.


“The AMGA is dedicated to making sure mountain guides get the technical training they need to be safe and professional in the mountains, and we are committed to ensuring guides have the fitness and durability required for their work, “  explains Mountain Athlete founder Rob Shaul.


“Offering mountain-specific training programs to up and coming guides we hope will motivate them to be professional about their fitness as they move into their careers.”


A unique, strength and conditioning facility established in Jackson, Wyoming in 2007, Mountain Athlete specializes in designing sport-specific training programs for mountain sports and events. More information about Mountain Athlete can be found at


The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit that inspires and supports a culture of American mountain craft.


As the leading organization of America’s most vibrant, inspiring community of climbers and skiers, the AMGA offers cutting edge knowledge and hundreds of years of collective experience that you won’t get from any other climbing organization.


AMGA guides and staff are the experts in the business of being a guide. The AMGA spent 30 years setting standards for American guiding, protecting the guiding environment, and organizing a powerful, unified community of climbers and skiers. And will spend the next 30 supporting future generations of guides and clients.

Please visit for more information about the AMGA and its guide certification programs.

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