....I am not convinced that all guides in the MWV have WFR credentials. I hope most do but from a few of the situations I've seen...I'm not sure. I am sure Al and Dman will clarify....
All I can say is it is a pre-req to have a minimum of a WFR to guide for EMS Schools, and I am confident that all guides working for the established guide services in the valley carry the same standard, especially if they are accredited by the AMGA, along with highly certified guides who work independently.
There are quite a few new faces guiding in MWV (though based elsewhere) that are not accredited by AMGA, so I can't speak to their level of certification/training, but it is considered an industry standard.
As has been said already, this was a volunteer trip leader for the AMC, not a guide. I would like to see the AMC tighten up a bit on these volunteer led trips, as I have seen too many sketch-fests with otherwise well meaning volunteers... A could of been fatal incident in The Cleft during Ice Fest comes to mind, but no accident = no issue right?