What is IFMGA Guide?
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.
The role of a mountain guide is not to get you to the summit of any chosen mountain. His/her role is to take into account the conditions on the mountain, of the person he/she is taking out, his/her own, and decide until when it is 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.