The Professional Mountaineer

The Professional Mountaineer is a quarterly magazine for members of four associations: AMI (Association of Mountaineering Instructors), BAIML (British Association of International Mountain Leaders), BMG (British Association of Mountain Guides) and MTA (Mountain Training Association). Articles are written by association members and cover a wide range of topics relevant to people in a leader, coach, instructor or guide role, as well as book and gear reviews. The magazine is highly regarded as the readership value the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by their peers.

Every quarter, association members receive a printed copy of the magazine through the post and back issues are available to members as a digital pdf in the online association members' areas.

Many association members have been seriously affected by the events of the last 2 years and the associations are keen to support their members in any way they can. We hope that by sharing the 2020 and 2021 editions of our magazine outside the associations it will help to inspire others to try climbing, walking and/or mountaineering, and consider hiring or working with one of our professionals to make the experience all the better. Look out for the association badges (see below) when looking for your expert.

The articles in The Professional Mountaineer give just a taste of the expertise, knowledge, skill level and experience of association members, and we are sure they will encourage a wider range of people to venture forth and gain confidence in walking, climbing and/or mountaineering.

If you’re interested in hiring a leader, coach, instructor or guide, then you can find a leader here.

If you wish to register for a Mountain Training qualification, you can find more details of the different qualifications here.

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Find out more about the associations

Mountain Training Association (MTA)

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Open to anyone who, as a minimum, has registered on one of Mountain Training’s qualification schemes. The Mountain Training Association supports people working their way through qualifications and after assessment as they continue to develop.
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Association of Mountaineering Instructors (AMI)

Open to trainees of the Mountaineering Instructor Award (MIA) or Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC) as well as holders of both qualifications. The association’s aim is to support and develop its members who are committed to promoting good practice in all mountaineering instruction.

British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML)

BAIML Open to trainee and qualified International Mountain Leaders. The association represents the UK at UIMLA, the Union of International Mountain Leader Associations, which is the international governing body for International Mountain Leaders. It also provides development opportunities for members.

British Mountain Guides (BMG)

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Open to trainee and qualified British Mountain Guides. The association trains and assesses mountain guides in all forms of climbing, mountaineering and ski mountaineering who can work all over the UK, Europe and further afield in the world’s most challenging mountain environments. The BMG represents British Mountain Guides at the IFMGA, the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations.

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