Seizing the Sharp End

From an after­noon gath­er­ing in a dimly-lit one-room Rock­ies cabin in 1963 to an 800-plus-member, world-respected pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tion, the Asso­ci­a­tion of Cana­dian Moun­tain Guides has played a rich and defin­i­tive role in the his­tory of Canada’s moun­tain com­mu­nity. Cred­ited with first ascents of some of the most chal­leng­ing peaks in west­ern Canada to the very first days of heli-skiing to the cre­ation of Canada’s highly respected pub­lic safety ser­vices, pro­fes­sional guides have helped shape and nur­ture out­door recre­ation expe­ri­ences across the country.

As the first non-European mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Moun­tain Guides Asso­ci­a­tions, the ACMG has evolved and matured to be a leader in pro­fes­sional guid­ing stan­dards and client care, serv­ing as men­tor to other coun­tries’ asso­ci­a­tions. This book­let is a cel­e­bra­tion of a job excep­tion­ally well done!

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