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Hiking Guide Course

2016 Leaf Peterson

2016 Joseph Vulpis

Hiking Guide Program

Payment Options

Stages of the Summer Mountain Leader Program:

1. Gain personal trekking, backpacking, hiking experience (20 mountain days)

2. Register for the Mountain Leader program and be issued a logbook. Our office will be in contact with you once you submit the registration form on the registration page

3. Attend an AHGA Summer Mountain Leader training course (5 days)

4. Log (40) mountain days in logbook, to include 8 camping nights/5 of these should be backcountry camping

5. Attend a Summer Mountain Leader assessment course.(Pass/Fail/Defer) (Can defer twice before taking the 5 day course again)

6. Continue to gain and record experience and any relevant additional training

2016 Michael Perry

The Backpacking Guide/Mountain Leader program (ML) was established to promote the safe enjoyment of the backcountry specifically focusing on trails and remote off-trail backpacking on Class I - IV terrain. The ML program provides training and assessment on technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in the backcountry areas of the United States in a non-winter environment. It integrates experience, training and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in mountainous country. This program is divided into two parts: Summer Mountain Leader and Winter Mountain Leader. Both parts must be completed to gain full International Mountain Leader certification.

The Winter Mountain Leader course covers travel on non-permanent snow covered terrain up to Class IV. This does not cover travel on glaciated terrain. During this training program you will learn, but is not limited to, the proper techniques of leading a group over terrain of this type, proper choice of gear for navigating over different types of snowfields, snow shelter selection and construction, gear and equipment repair in the field and clothing and sleeping systems for winter environments.

Prerequisites:


  • 10 mountain days in winter/snow covered environments
  • Avalanche Awareness
  • Summer Backpacking Guide (ML) Certification


Course length: 3 days

Course cost: $300.00

Prerequisites: 

  • CPR/AED certification
  • Wilderness First Aid certification
  • AHGA approved Wilderness/Land Navigation course
  • AHGA approved Wilderness Survival course
  • Leave No Trace awareness

Course length: 2 days

Course cost: $250.00 USD Please fill out and submit the registration form on the registration page before making payment.

Prerequisites:


  • Wilderness First Aid
  • CPR
  • AHGA approved Wilderness Survival Course
  • AHGA approved Wilderness Navigation Course
  • Leave No Trace Trainer


Course length: 5 days. Some providers offer a 4 day course with longer days.


Course cost: $500.00 USD










The Backpacking Guide/Mountain Leader program (ML) was established to promote the safe enjoyment of the backcountry specifically focusing on trails and remote off-trail backpacking on Class I - IV terrain. The ML program provides training and assessment on technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in the backcountry areas of the United States in a non-winter environment. It integrates experience, training and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in mountainous country. This program is divided into two parts: Summer Mountain Leader and Winter Mountain Leader. Both parts must be completed to gain full International Mountain Leader certification.

2016 WA

Payment Options

2016 Mat Honan

Stages of the Winter Mountain Leader Program:

1. Attend an AHGA Winter Mountain Leader training course (4 - 5 days)

2. Log (40) Winter mountain days in logbook, to include 8 Winter camping nights/5 of these should be backcountry camping

3. Attend a Winter Mountain Leader assessment course.(Pass/Fail/Defer) (Can defer twice before taking the 3 day course again)

4. Continue to gain and record experience and any relevant additional training

The Hiking Guide Course (HGC) is our entry level course designed for guides who run trips on terrain up to Class IV. The HGC does not cover wilderness travel on terrain above Class IV, snow covered or glaciated environments.  It's perfect for outdoor professionals who are camp counselors, college outdoor club leaders, nature guides, tour guides, interpretive guides, park rangers and/or anyone looking to get trained in the outdoor education industry as a day hiking guide.

The training includes, but is not limited to, client and pace management, stewardship and access issues, permit processes, special needs clients, guides pack construction and use, and physical conditioning. 

Backpacking Guide Program (Summer)


Backpacking Guide Program (Winter)