We are members of ASEGUIM, the Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides. Back in 1990, when the demand for guides was growing, the need to improve the standards of local mountaineers became clear. As a result a group of climbers created the Association of Mountain Guides. The first courses were given by instructors of the local Climbing Federation, an amateur institution; nowadays they are given by professional instructors. ASEGUIM works together with the National School of Guides in France (ENSA).
Wilderness medical training is important for professionals, active in the outdoor industry. Most of our guides have followed the Wilderness First Responder course, a widely recognised outdoor medical training qualification. This course is given in co-operation with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS from the USA.
Since 1994 the National School of Guides ENSA from Chamonix in France has been providing training courses to Ecuadorian guides. This has helped enormously to improve standards of safety in the mountains of Ecuador.
Since 1995 ten Ecuadorian guides have been trained in Chamonix to become Instructors of the local School of Guides. Some of these instructors are currently guiding for Andeanface. Nowadays our School of Guides qualifies a group of new guides every 4 years.
Ecuador is now member of the IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations), formerly called UIAGM. There are actually twelve Ecuadorian guides and aspirant guides who have the international guiding license of this federation. Some of them are currently working for Andeanface.