What is IFMGA Guide?
When do we feel at our best? When connected, part of a team, trusted, when we give more than our best. This is something we bring to life together when in mountains. We make it happen for real. With our shared desire to grow, to explore, to make things happen. And this will stay with us long after the descent from the altitude.
What is the role of a client?
Feed your guide well.
What is the role of a mountain guide?
And also take into account our mental/physical state, the conditions on the mountain, and decide until when is it safe to be out there.
Safety is an important issue in mountaineering. Humans are looking for recreation and adventure in the mountains. In mountaineering as in life there is a certain residual risk that cannot be eliminated. Mountain guides are professionally trained to reduce this residual risk. Their high-quality education is focused on safety and their ample experience helps the mountain guide make the right decisions in difficult situations.
Because only the best is good enough.
An individual becomes an IFMGA guide when they reach the highest level of certification in each discipline related to mountain environment. IFMGA means International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations and is the english translation of Union Internationale des Associations de Guide de Montagne (UIAGM). The process of obtaining IFMGA credentials takes about 5 years. There are about 6000 IFMGA guides around the globe.