Boulder, Colorado—June 27, 2011—American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) today announced that Rob Hess would be stepping down as AMGA Technical Director (TD), a position he has held since 2005.
In that time, Rob was able to follow through on his vision of ensuring the AMGA training and certiﬁcation programs were high quality and above all fair to the participant, while meeting and or exceeding the standards expected of an International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) country. Rob successfully restructured the programs all while minimizing the impact on the members.
The TD oversees all technical aspects of the AMGA and is the AMGA technical representative to the IFMGA. The TD must be intimately familiar with all disciplines (alpine, rock, and ski mountaineering), and have a successful track record working with the AMGA Instructor Team, Technical Committee and AMGA Administration. The TD must have a complete understanding of both the AMGA Mountain Guide and Climbing Instructor career tracks and of the programs, curriculum and effective teaching methodology that support all AMGA disciplines.
“Rob Hess joined the AMGA as Technical Director during a critical time. The AMGA was undergoing major infrastructural challenges and Rob worked diligently to define our training and educational priorities and expand collaboration among the AMGA’s Technical Branch. Rob has been a tireless advocate committed to the successful integration of the international mountain guiding standard within the context of the American mountain guiding culture and profession. Much gratitude is owed for his successful efforts,” said Betsy Winter, AMGA’s Executive Director.
Rob will remain involved in the organization in an advisory role and of course as a course instructor and examiner in all disciplines. As well, he will continue his work in the ski discipline as to further some programs already on the table.
The AMGA is currently working to hire a replacement and will announce the new Technical Director at the Annual Meeting this fall in New Paltz, New York.
About the AMGA
For 30 years the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) has been the premier source for training, services and credentials for professional mountain guides and climbing instructors in the United States. A national non-profit, the AMGA is committed to enhancing the quality of outdoor services provided to the public, while serving as a resource for access and protecting the natural environment. The AMGA is our nation’s exclusive representative to the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA), the international governing body responsible for guiding standards and education around the world.