Mountain Qualification Labels are internationally-recognized volunteer leader certifications in eight different disciplines: Summer hiking and scrambling, winter hiking and scrambling, sport climbing, traditional climbing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, ski mountaineering, and canyoneering.
In the United States, new climbers are introduced to the sport in a variety of ways. Students can seek the services of a professional guide or climbing instructor, and for those students a growing population of AMGA certified guides and instructors provide a reliable standard of care. But for many, the costs and availability of professional guides and instructors is prohibitive. For others, the formality of a professional teacher-student relationship does not provide a satisfactory sense of community or belonging. For these students, America's volunteer instructors await.