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AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership, 2nd Edition

Written by Outdoor Safety Institute Director, Alex Kosseff, the revised AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership has over 50% new content. This edition of the book brings a new focus on risk management and outdoor safety, teaching, facilitation and leading youth.

This completely revised book details the critical skills and concepts every professional or volunteer outdoor leader needs to know. Building on the basic foundations of leadership, case studies, and his own extensive leadership experience, Alex Kosseff explores such topics as effective decision-making, group dynamics, risk management, self-awareness and evaluation, conservation, and more.

Reviews of the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership

"A thorough, field-tested examination of what makes the best outdoor leaders . . . and how one of them could be you.
     —Robert Birkby,
        author of the Boy Scout Handbook, Mountain Madness, & Lightly on the Land

"An outstanding resource for both leaders and followers . . . there are nuggets for all outdoor enthusiasts. Vignettes from a wide variety of outdoor trips effectively illustrate Kosseff's points.”
     —Brenda Porter, Education Director, Colorado Mountain Club
Trail and Timberline, magazine of the Colorado Mountain Club

"I attribute the success of our annual extended canoe trips to studying the first edition of the guide. . . Kosseff has added a great deal of information about working with teens to the second . . . I recommend the Guide to anyone contemplating leading extended wilderness trips but the skills are equally valuable on our weekend camp outs."
     —Clarke Green, on

Praise for the first edition:

Outdoor Leadership 1st Edition“The AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership is an excellent resource for wilderness leaders new and old. Kosseff does a superb job of identifying the most important topics leaders should consider. His writing is clear and his recommended practices are consistent with industry standards. This is a well-written, enjoyable leadership resource that will be valuable to anyone responsible for leading trips in the outdoors.”
    —Dan Garvey, President, Prescott College 

“Whether you are an aspiring or experienced outdoor leader, this work should be in your library—where you can reach it.”

    —Jed Williamson,
       Editor, Accidents in North American Mountaineering & President, Sterling College

Graphic: Outdoor Leadership Training provided by OSI

The Outdoor Safety Institute offers outdoor leadership training expanding upon the concepts in the AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership. We also offer technical skills, risk managment, and even driver training. Training can include certification in wilderness medicine, waterwater rescue, and climbing instruction. Learn more about OSI's extensive offerings on our training page.

Alex Kosseff also provides lectures and workshops on leadership, outdoor safety and related topics. Contact us for additional information on any of these services.

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AMC Guide to Outdoor Leadership, 2nd Edition
320 Pages, Appalachian Mountain Club Books, Distributed by The Globe Pequot Press



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