Since 2010, the American Hiking Guides Association (AHGA), we have been setting the standards for Hiking & Backpacking Guides (Mountain Leaders) in the United States. We follow professional, international standards that have been in place for many years in Europe, South America and Southeast Asia.
In the United States, up until 2010, there existed no formal training that was Nationally recognized for hiking & backpacking guides. Our curriculum, training and assessments have been approved by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior and International Mountain Leaders from European and South American countries. All of our curriculum was written by Joseph Vulpis.
Since 2010, we have trained hundreds of aspirant guides and certified thousands. Currently, the AHGA, has over 2800 professional members, over 600 certified Hiking Guides, close to 500 aspirant Mountain Leaders/Backpacking Guides and over 200 certified Mountain Leaders/Backpacking Guides.
Our list continues to grow as we provide quality and professional training to the United States.
To be the definitive resource of training and certification for Hiking & Backpacking Guides and Mountain Leaders in the United States.