Safety is our top priority. We have had no major incidents or accidents in nearly 20 years of operating courses around the world. Our safety is a function of the professionalism, risk management experience and competency of the staff of IWLS and Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School, Inc. (AMGCSI) staff. IWLS plays a leading role in industry risk management practices and supports incident response efforts around the world. IWLS offers students the safest and highest quality outdoor leadership training available.

Instructor Nickel Wood using a snow probe to check for hidden crevasses at base camp on the Garrison Glacier, Haines, AK. -Adam Clifton

Industry Leaders
IWLS was the first leadership program to carry satellite phones on all courses. We continue to raise the standard for outdoor leaders in regards to first aid training, risk management, and incident response. We were the first wilderness school to carry pulse oximeters on all treks and climbs that go to altitude. In addition to using satellite phones, IWLS maintains tight communication with courses in the field through SPOT satellite messengers, emergency position indicating radiobeacons (EPIRBS), and ground to air radios. Alaska Mountain Guides and Climbing School, Inc. has been recognized as one of the best adventure travel companies on earth for 2008 and 2009 by National Geographic Adventure.

Rescue Support
IWLS and AMGCSI have supported hundreds of rescues and evacuations in Alaska, South America, and the Himalaya. We have assisted with over one hundred evacuations and rescues on Kilimanjaro alone. IWLS instructors are actively involved in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) organizations around the country. We work closely with land management agencies and other organizations in support of emergency response and evacuation operations in all course locations.

First Aid & Rescue Courses
IWLS offers professional level first aid and rescue programs in all course areas that we operate. These courses are based on our staff’s extensive experience of managing rescues and emergencies in wilderness settings.

Risk Management Experts
The International Wilderness Leadership School and AMGCSI family of companies take over 60,000 guests annually on trips and courses ranging from rock climbing and sea kayaking, to helicopter skiing and whitewater rafting. IWLS leads professional seminars on risk management throughout the world. We have presented risk management courses and consulting services to the government of St. Kitts, Mexican EMS, Alaska EMS, East African outfitters, and tour companies in Alaska and Mexico.