So you have what it takes to be a certified guide. Where does the certification process start? The Answer? The AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course. The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. After you take the course, sign up and take the assessment and you have taken your first step towards becoming a AMGA Certified Rock Guide.
The SPI is the only internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United States. It was developed to fit in the AMGA Rock program.
Season Spring, Summer, Fall
Minimum Age 18
This 3-Day Course is designed to get you introduced to the the American Mountain Guides Association certification path. This course will teach climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. It is great for outdoor educators and aspiring guides.
- It significantly improves the instructor’s skill sets and integrates into the next level of training, the AMGA Rock Instructor Course.
- The program is for current, active rock climbers who have a real desire to teach rock climbing to novices in a single pitch setting.
- The SPI Course is a 27-hour training course that normally runs as three consecutive nine-hour days or day classes with evening sessions.
- The SPI Assessment is a minimum of 16 hours run over a two-day period.
- Certification lasts for three years as long as the candidate keeps current AMGA Membership and First Aid Certification.
- After three years current SPI’s can re-take the SPI Assessment to regain the SPI certification.
- Taking any higher level AMGA Course also recertifies the SPI certification for another three years.
- You must be a member of the AMGA or join the AMGA at the Professional Membership Level.
- You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
- You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
- You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
- You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
- You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
- You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.
The above prerequisites are absolute minimums. Without having at least this amount experience you are unlikely to make best use of the training.
Single Pitch Instructor Course: Price: $550 per person
Please note that before registering for this course that you must:
1. Be a member of the AMGA in good standing OR join the AMGA at the Professional Membership Level.
2: Apply to Your Course or Assessment
- Sign in to your myAMGA account.
- Click the “Apply for a Program” tab.
- Select the discipline and course type you are applying to.
- Select the specific program you are applying to and click “apply.”
- Confirm your prerequisites.
Once you have applied for the course through the AMGA, Click Here to Register for the course
Conditions can be favorable for climbing at nearly any point during the year, but for most objectives, better climbing conditions occur in spring, summer, and autumn. Spring has a higher likelihood of precipitation. Summer afternoon temperatures can climb into the 90’s and isolated afternoon thunderstorms are common. In the autumn, climbers tend to find the most reliable conditions. Winter has many spells of great climbing weather, but it is difficult to plan in advance, as the Front Range can also receive full Rocky Mountain snowstorms and cold fronts. Because cliffs are dramatically affected by sun and wind exposure (or lack thereof), please refer to your JHMG guide for route or area recommendations. Suggestions are to provide our guests with the most enjoyable experience.
During summer months, even if the day dawns clear, all climbers should pack a rain jacket for the occasional surprise afternoon thundershower. Synthetic clothing is strongly advised at many times of the year, and is almost always preferable to cotton. Comfort levels can vary quite a bit depending on where you are climbing within a given climbing area, so please ask us for our clothing recommendations based on your planned climb/class and if you are unfamiliar with the area. It is common for us to suggest an early start to avoid afternoon thunderstorms.
- Approach, Hiking, Running Shoes
- Technical Rock Shoes (available to rent, please cal the office if you have not already made reservations)
- Socks: 1 pair
- Short Sleeve Shirt: Guide Pick Mountain Hardwear Metonic
- Fleece or Lightweight Insulating Jacket Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear A-therm Jacket
- Lightweight Wind Shell- Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket
- Lightweight Rain Shell- Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Quasar lite II
- Synthetic loose fitting pant Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Super Castil Convertible Pant
- Synthetic Loose Fitting Shorts Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Castil Cargo Short
- Rain Pants- Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Exponet Pant
- Backpack: 30-40 Liter – Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30
- Sun hat: baseball or full brimmed
- Water : water bottles/hydration bladder are best
- Food: energy bars, fruit, sandwich, bring enough
- Sunscreen/Lip Balm
Mountain Weather can change on a dime. It is important to be prepared for any eventuality of weather. If you are unsure about conditions do not hesitate to contact the office at 307-733-4979 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides provides all technical climbing equipment including:
- Belay devices
Technical rock shoes are available for rent. Please contact our office for availability.
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