Meet Angela Hawse, the AMGA’s first female instructor

Editor —  February 23, 2013 — Leave a comment

Angela Hawse getting ready to send the gnar (i.e. climb a hard crack in the desert)

Angela will be attending the Red Rock Rendezvous as an athlete and guide for the third time. She is representing: Gore-Tex
Teaching: Multi-pitch Efficiency

One of fewer than 50 women in the world to be a full-fledged, internationally accredited Mountain Guide, Angela Hawse was the American Mountain Guide Association’s first female Instructor and Examiner. A fully-certified International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) guide, and AMGA Rock, Alpine, and Ski Mountaineering Guide, Angela has spent the past 24 years teaching, speaking, guiding, and exploring all the world. Angela is a big believer in service projects, and from mountain clean-ups to helping train Nepalese women to guide in the mountains, she is constantly looking for ways to give back. One example of such a project is Angela’s 2003 all-female ascent of Ama Dablam—the group succeeded in climbing the mountain in good style and raised $23,000 for the dZi Foundation in the process. We are thrilled to have Angela teaching at this year’s Rendezvous!

Mountain Gear: What’s your favorite thing about the Red Rock Rendezvous?
Angela Hawse: The wind. Just kidding. The volume of everything is amped up at this festival. The energy level is super high amongst participants, athletes, and industry sponsors. It’s like the fun meter gets turned way up! For many, including myself, it’s just the start of rock climbing season and most of us are coming off of skis and keen to have some fun in the sun, on the warm rock, and hang out with the tribe.

MG: Why do you enjoy teaching?
AH: I enjoy sharing my technical expertise, experience, and enthusiasm for climbing and adventure. Helping folks get to the next level is super rewarding, and I always benefit personally from seeing others succeed under my instruction. I always learn something from others whom I teach, which helps me to be a better instructor the next time. I love the learning process. It’s a constant dialogue between everyone involved, no matter what level. It’s an honor to work with folks who are keen to learn and it is always different.

MG: What do you like about Red Rocks?
AH: Proximity to sin! Ha ha. But really, Red Rocks has something for everyone, every mood, every style of climbing, in every aspect of sun or shade—it’s some of the most fun climbing anywhere. I’m most psyched about the long multi-pitch routes; they are as good as it gets.

MG: Any memories from past Rendezvous that stand out?
AH: Psyched participants, good times catching up with other athletes, and lots of really tough folks keeping the stoke level high despite adversity with wind and freezing temps.

Learn more about Angela on her website.

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