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AMGA Offering First Ever Women’s Rock Guide Course

While the gender gap has been steadily closing in the outdoors, a chasm still exists for female rock guides. Just look at the stats: 8 percent of the American Mountain Guides Association’s (AMGA) certified rock guides are women. AMGA and The North Face (TNF) are ready to balance the playing field. This September they're offering a Women’s Rock Guiding course. It’s the first of its kind and will be taught by the female leadership of the AMGA.

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Remember TNF’s Move Mountains initiative that launched last April? This course is a byproduct of the brand’s overall goal to lift up more female outdoor explorers. More information is available on AMGA’s website. The hope is that by increasing the female presence within guiding it will encourage more women to participate in a sport like climbing. It also creates more positive roles models like Kit DesLauriers and Hilaree Nelson for young gals to look up. Guides are leaders in the outdoors, and it should go without saying that we need more of them to be women.

The course is for anyone who identifies as a woman and would like to expand their knowledge within rock guiding. And Ladies don’t let money be a deterrent. Scholarships are available courtesy of TNF, with more information on how to apply here.

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