WON Landing Page OCT 2022

American Mountain Guides Association Welcomes New Board President

Business owner, veteran guide, female powerhouse, and so much more have set Angela Hawse up for her new role as President of the Board of Directors of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). The industry’s excitement is evident as the multifaceted Hawse—who has more than 35 years of guiding experience—accepts the appointment.

Angela hawse Chicks Climbing and Skiing American Mountain Guides Association

Angela Hawse is one of the owners of Chicks Climbing and Skiing. She was the sixth American woman to earn her International Federation of Mountain Guide Association (IFMGA) certification via the AMGA, the highest level of certification attainable by professional mountain guides.


“Angela is stepping in at a critical time for our industry,” AMGA Executive Director Alex Kosseff said in a news release. “Hawse will bring a new perspective to AMGA’s table and current conversations, including inclusion and equality, public lands access, and professionalism in the guiding field.”

Hawse is no stranger to the AMGA, having served in various leadership positions with the organization since 2003, and she was the first woman to join AMGA’s Instructor Team. This recognized, influential organization has chosen an intersectional and experienced leader to push growth and provide necessary support to the guiding community.

About American Mountain Guides Association

Our Mission

To inspire and support a culture of American mountain craft.

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is a 501(c)(3) educational non‐profit that is dedicated to supporting the American mountain guiding and climbing instructor community. As the leading organization of America’s most vibrant, inspiring community of climbers and skiers, the AMGA offers you 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. We spent 30 years setting standards for American guiding instruction, protecting the guiding environment, and organizing a powerful, unified community of guides and clients. And we will spend the next 30 supporting you as you pursue your passion.

Our Vision

  • To provide renowned, world-class training and certifications to our guides and aspiring guides
  • To safeguard access to climbing and skiing areas utilized by the guided public
  • To offer cutting edge resources and services that support and enhance the livelihoods of guides
  • To be the community hub for all American mountain guides, climbing instructors, and their clients
  • To be at the forefront of growing and advancing the guiding profession

Core Values

  • Integrity: The AMGA believes in strict adherence to the highest ethical standards of our profession. Mountain guiding, ski guiding, and climbing instruction are professions of honesty, etiquette, and composure. We are responsible for all our actions and personal conduct when representing the AMGA and our profession.
  •  Stewardship: We are committed to actively engaging in the protection of all mountain environments for the good of all people and for future generations.
  • Community: Commitment to trust, respect, civility, teamwork, and general welfare of the entire AMGA community and the professional guiding and climbing instructor community as a whole.
  • Excellence: Commitment to a diverse and dynamic community, high technical and academic standards, strong programs, and a quality staff of engaged and engaging instructors and examiners.
  • Balance: The AMGA strives to balance the interests of its membership and to act for the collective interests of the guiding community.


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