Irwin Guides Hosts Single Pitch Instructor Course

By: Steve Banks


This course is designed to teach aspiring rock instructors the skills to take their personal climbing into the professional realm. The course was developed by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and is the only program in the US to be endorsed by the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA). 

Six participants from as far away as West Virginia came out for this three day training with perfect climbing weather to cover topics such as rescuing stuck climbers, assisting climbers through difficult sections and introducing new climbers to techniques such as jamming and rappelling. The students were impressive, coming in with a high degree of personal knowledge and technical skills. This allowed us to progress into more technical scenarios easily and get the students prepped for the next step of taking an assessment to be come an AMGA certified Single Pitch Instructor. 

AMGA trainings are the first step to becoming a professional mountain guide. Three disciplines that aspiring AMGA guides must master include rock, alpine and ski. Certification and completion of all three of these learning tracks culminates in the internationally recognized International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) certification. The SPI course is the beginning of the Rock Guide learning track and is a good entry point for climbers who are looking to become climbing instructors or guides.

Irwin Guides is proud to have a guide staff which includes certified Single Pitch Instructors, AMGA Rock Guides, AMGA Ski Guides and several IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guides.


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