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British Mountain Guides (BMG)
All the Alpine climbing and skiing courses offered by Icicle, and all courses involving glacier travel, are led by qualified International Mountain Guides. The UK association of international mountain guides is called the British Mountain Guides (BMG).
Internationally many countries have guide associations, and the umbrella organisation is the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA). All full guides hold the international IFMGA carnet for guiding, and are entitled to wear the medal / badge of the IFMGA.
The BMG is the national association which trains and assesses mountain guides in climbing, mountaineering, and off piste skiing and touring. It also sets out the professional standards required for services offered by BMG members, and promotes general good practice advice for the mountains.
The IFMGA is the umbrella organisation that coordinates the standards and mutual recognition between the twenty six member national mountain guide associations across the world. As it says on the front page of the BMG website "IFMGA Mountain Guides are the most qualified and experienced professionals to lead people in the mountains with a training and assessment that takes many years and exceptional skills to achieve".
Icicle has been fortunate to have several BMG guides working for them over the years, and we are always happy and keen to work with more in the future, so if you are a BMG member looking for any work, then please don't hesitate to get in touch via the Mountain Guide Jobs page of the Icicle website.
To the right is the badge / medal worn by all IFMGA International Mountain Guides. It is your guarantee of the highest standards in the mountains. Click on the logo for more details, and to visit the website of the British Mountain Guides association, whose website will open for you in a new window. If you have any further queries about guides and qualifications then please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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