Guide Discounts

The following guide services support The American Alpine Club through discounts for our members.


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  • 57hours is streamlining both the process of hiring a guide and the process of guiding with their free new app. If you're making a gym-to-crag transition, experiencing outdoor climbing through a professional facilitator, or hiring guides or instructors regularly, think of this as your go-to resource. AAC members, get 10% off all guiding services through 57hours with the link in your profile!

  • Alaska Mountaineering School Alaska Mountaineering School, LLC (AMS) is a climber and family owned mountaineering company specializing in climbing and mountain exploration within Denali National Park and Preserve. AMS' mission is to promote excellence in responsible mountaineering and wilderness travel by educating and guiding others. Our over thirty years of commitment and local knowledge allows us to exceed in our field. Whether joining AMS on a guided Denali Expedition, an instructional Alaska Mountaineering Course, custom Technical Alpine Climb, or Backcountry Heli-Hike; we instill a strong foundation that results in a lifetime of enjoyment in the mountains. AMS is the Alaska Range local expert; we pride ourselves on being an organized professional climbing school and mountain guide service. We invite you to contact us for more information and we happily extend AAC members a 15% discount on all rental gear during their AMD program.

  • American Alpine Institute offers a 10% discount to AAC members on its flagship three-, six-, and twelve-day instructional courses in the Cascades. Founded in 1975, AAI specializes in skills courses, expeditions, and private guided climbs throughout the western U.S., Alaska, and all the great ranges of the world. Continuously accredited by the AMGA since 1987.

  • Backcountry Babes is a women owned and operated guiding business. Our mission is to create educational and valuable experiences in the outdoors for women, with a focus on backcountry skiing and splitboarding. We teach avalanche courses in Colorado, California, and New Hampshire, as well as week-long adventure ski trips to British Columbia, Japan, Iceland, Chile and beyond. Please visit backcountrybabes.com for our trip calendar, signups, and more info about Backcountry Babes. American Alpine Club members receive a 5% discount on AIARE Level 1, Level 2, and Rescue courses. Contact [email protected] to receive a discount code for registration.

  • Bear House Mountain Guiding offers a 10% discount to all current AAC members on our group clinics (excluding AMGA programs) and private guided days. BHMG operates along the Wasatch Front in Utah and provides instruction in rock climbing, alpine climbing, backcountry skiing, and ice climbing. Discount must be requested prior to booking and will not be applied retroactively. Contact us at [email protected] or 803-351-2573 to receive your discount code.

  • Beverly Mountain Guides is the only provider of AIARE Level 1, Level 2, and Companion Rescue Courses in New Mexico, and has been teaching these courses for 15 years. All courses are held at Taos Ski Valley, at the Edelweiss Spa and Lodge. American Alpine Club members can receive a 10% discount when registering for both an Avalanche Course and a Rescue Course. Active members should send a copy of their membership card to [email protected] to register.

  • Blue Ridge Mountain Guides provides guided climbing and instruction in VA, WV, and NC. AAC members are eligible to receive a 10% discount off private guiding and courses if they call to book and provide proof of membership. Bookings must be made over the phone and the discount requested at the time of booking.

  • Chicks with Picks offers AAC members 5% off all climbing clinics. Chicks Climbing, now nearly 20 years old, was established to empower more women to experience the thrill of climbing with women, for women. Provide your AAC membership number when booked to receive the discount.

  • Colorado Mountain School (CMS) is the premiere mountain guide service and technical mountain school in Colorado and beyond. Founded in Estes Park, Colorado in 1981, CMS has become Colorado’s largest mountain guide service and has been voted the “Best Climbing Guide Service in the Rockies” two years in a row by Elevations Outdoors’ readers poll. CMS is an accredited guide service of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and the country’s largest American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) course provider! CMS has many great amenities including frequent course offerings in Estes Park, Boulder, and Denver, on-site accommodations, and a full-time operations staff. Our highly trained team promotes our mission: To ignite passionate living through mountain education and adventure. As a current member of the American Alpine Club, you are eligible for 15% off all CMS courses! This offer includes AIARE avalanche training, rock, ski, ice and mountaineering programs (custom guiding, AMGA training, and international programs excluded). You are in the club, now welcome to the CMS family.

  • Denver Mountain Guiding offers AAC members 15% discount on private climbing instruction courses. DMG guides operate in Colorado with personal climbing instruction and guided trips. Provide your AAC membership number when you book and receive this great value.

  • Devil's Lake Climbing Guides offers rock climbing and technical skills instruction at Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin. DLCG offers a 10% discount to all AAC members.

  • Exum Mountain Guides AAC members receive 10% off private one-day summer activities in Grand Teton National Park only. AAC member number must be provided when the reservation is made, and the AAC card must be presented to the office upon check-in or the discount cannot be offered! Offer does not apply to multi-day climbs, Grand Teton climbs (even when done in one day), or Family Climbing Days. Valid June 10 - September 10.

  • High Peaks Mountain Guides in Lake Placid, NY offers Club members a 10% discount on guided trips, discounted lodging at their Guides House, and a discount at their retail store. Lodging discounts vary by season.

  • Irwin Guides is headquartered in Crested Butte, known affectionately as Colorado’s last great ski town and the birth place of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). Their headquartered office in the heart of town is the epicenter to numerous backcountry trailheads and ski/board objectives, making it the ideal location for Avalanche Education and guided adventures. Just up the road, their Cat-Ski operation boasts over 2,000 acres of steep skiing and 600” of snow annually. Contact them at [email protected] for more information on backcountry skiing, cat-skiing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, rock climbing, MTBing, rafting, AMGA courses, NOLS Wilderness First Responder, ACA Swift Water Rescue, the Bike Instructor Certification Program, Fly Fishing, and more. Current AAC members enjoy 15% off any avalanche education course and 10% off most guided activities. Irwin Guides is an AMGA accredited program.

  • Jackson Hole Mountain Guides is owned and operated by professionals who live and breathe the mountain life! Their philosophy is simple: enrich people's lives by providing exceptional service and unforgettable experiences. AAC Members receive a 10% discount for 1 climber and 15% discount on 2 or more climbers booking day climbs. Jackson Hole Mountain Guides is an AMGA Accredited Program. Additionally, Current AAC members get 10% off Jackson Hole Mountain Guide's autumn AMGA certification program with Single Pitch Instructor courses and exams offered in Boulder, CO by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides. Current AAC members take 10% off tuition. Call JHMG in Boulder 303.968.5816 or email [email protected] for details.

  • Kingdom Adventures Mountain Guides is located in East Burke, Vermont and is owned/operated by an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor. It offers the following discounts to AAC Members: $25 discount off all SOLO WFA courses (does not include AHA CPR). $25 discount off all AIARE Level I Avalanche courses.

  • Longleaf Wilderness Medicine offers the highest quality wilderness medicine education available to individuals and organizations across the country. Regardless of where your outdoor adventures take place, LWM courses prepare you to respond to unexpected medical emergencies in situations where limited resources are available. To enhance the responsiveness of the climbing community, LWM offers 10% off any Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid course.

  • Mountain Madness has been around since 1984 and maintains the goal to provide the highest quality experience for beginner and advanced mountaineers and trekkers alike—for trekkers seeking the summit of Kilimanjaro to climbers aspiring to climb Mt. Everest. Join one of their international schools in Ecuador, Bolivia, France, or Mexico and receive 10% off when you sign up with a friend. Mountain Madness is an AMGA Accredited Program.

  • New River Mountain Guides in Fayetteville, WV offers 10% off for AAC members. Provide proof of AAC membership at time of booking.

  • Northeast Mountaineering Join professional mountain guides on a climb in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Northeast Mountaineering offers 5% off all New Hampshire courses for AAC members, and donates a matching 5% to the American Alpine Club.

  • Northwest Alpine Guides / Mountain Gurus offers AAC members a 20% discount on all our Northwest programs and 10% on select international trips. We specialize in instructional courses and climbs throughout the Pacific Northwest and high-quality expeditions across the globe. Some of our offerings include Northwest Intro and Expedition Courses, ascents of Mt Baker, Mt Olympus, and peaks throughout the North Cascades. Our international offerings include the 7 summit peaks, peaks of Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Bolivia as well as Ecuador and Alaska Mountaineering schools. We also offer Treks and Adventure travel to Morocco, Nepal, Africa and Thailand.

  • Thomson Killimanjaro Treks & Wildlife Safaris Conquer Kilimanjaro with Thomson Safaris! With 35+ years of experience and 98% summit success, Thomson will guide your Kilimanjaro expedition through rainforest to the snow covered summit. Celebrate your achievement on a celebratory Serengeti Migration Safari in exclusive private camps. Call Thomson's expert consultants to learn more: 800-235-0289. Save $500 on Western Approach, Grand Traverse, & Umbwe Route Kilimanjaro Treks Save $500 on Thomson African Wildlife Safaris Save $500 on Thomson's special business class flights Email the AAC for the discount code: [email protected] Code must be provided to Thomson Consultant by phone or email at time of booking, and discounts are per adult for AAC registered members, not combinable with other offers, and exclude Africa Through the Lens, Affinity, Extension, and Highlights of Tanzania safaris. Available for trips through March 2018.

  • Vertical Medicine Resources is a medical guiding and consulting team dedicated to provide equipment, training, and support for clients in vertical and mountainous terrain. They offer a 25% discount to all AAC members for our individual training (WFR, WFA, CFA etc) and a $5.00 discount on their signature Vertical Aid Kit. Visit their website to sign up for training or email [email protected].


 What is AMGA Accreditation? The purpose of the AMGA Accreditation is to increase the professionalism of mountain guiding and climbing instruction in the United States by functioning as a tool for institutional self-evaluation and development. It is a voluntary means of quality assurance and external review that examines such things as busines practices, compliance with state, federal and local regulations, staff training and professional development, resource stewardship, and adherence to current industry standards. This credential represents a commitment to excellence through exemplary operating standards and an adherence to the highest ethical standards of this profession. AMGA Accredited Programs represent many of the nations most recognized and respected guide services, climbing schools,and educational insitutions.