Helitrax Guide Angela Hawse recently received the 2011 American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) ”Guide of the Year Award.” This award is presented annually for the most outstanding achievement in the profession of mountain guiding. It embodies distinguishing traits, which include contribution and achievement of significant value to the mountain guiding profession, including loyalty, integrity, and moral courage worthy of emulation.
Angela is one of few Americans, and only the sixth American woman, to have passed the AMGA rock, alpine and ski mountaineering guide exams to become IFMGA/UIAGM licensed internationally as a Mountain Guide. She is one of the most experienced women guides and instructors in the U.S. with over twenty years of experience.
Over the past two decades Angela has climbed, skied and guided throughout the U.S., Alaska, Canada, the Andes, Himalaya, and Karakorum. She has climbed big walls in Yosemite, Zion and Pakistan, ski traversed Lapland, reached the South Summit of Mt. Everest (28,875ft) and guided five Denali expeditions. She has guided four of the Seven Summits: Mt. Everest, Denali, Carstensz Pyramid and Aconcagua, and led an all women’s ascent of Ama Dablam. In 2001, she earned an MA in International Mountain Conservation.
Angela is a Senior Guide at the prestigious Exum Guides in Grand Teton National Park. She also guides for Women that Rock, Chicks with Picks, Chicks on Cracks, Splitter Camps, Aerial Boundaries and Moab Desert Adventures. She is an instructor for the AMGA and served on the AMGA’s board of directors for six years. Angela is a Denali Pro Pin recipient for a rescue she carried out while guiding on Denali.
We are proud of Angela’s many accomplishments and honored that she is an Telluride Helitrax Guide.