Session 1: SPI and AMGA Program Overview Session 2: Professionalism Session 3: Equipment Session 4: Knots and Hitches Session 5: Belaying Session 6: Protection and Anchoring Session 7: Teaching End-of-Day Debriefs
Session 8: The Climbing Site Session 9: Site Organization and Group Management Session 10: Base-Managed Sites Session 11: Assistance Skills: Base-Managed Sites Session 12: Programming and Risk Management End-of-Day Debriefs
Session 13: Instructor Demo Lead Climb Session 14: Top-Managed Sites Session 15: Lowering Session 16: Assistance Skills: Top-Managed Sites Session 17: Rappelling Session 18: Climbing Movement Session 19: Review Sessions Final Individual and Group Debriefs
AMGA Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course.
You also can become a rock climbing guide.
The Climbing Life Guides is proud to be a provider of the American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Program. Come with us for both the SPI Course and the SPI Exam in Joshua Tree National Park. Details, prerequisites, and information on how to apply can be found at the official website of the American Mountain Guides Association.
Our SPI courses and Assessments are conducted by Nelson Day, an AMGA certified Rock Guide. When you take your SPI Course or SPI Assessment with Nelson, you are learning from the highest certified AMGA SPI Provider operating in Joshua Tree National Park.
SPI Course Overview (*)
Required Equipment List
For Participants in an SPI Course or Assessment (*):
- UIAA/CE approved Climbing Helmet
- UIAA/CE approved Climbing Harness with belay loop
- Climbing shoes in which the candidate can climb up to 5.7
- Nut removal tool
- Standard “lead climbing rack” such as, stoppers/nuts, SLCD's, tri-cams, etc.
- Assorted 24” and 48” runners (must have at least one 48” runner)
- 10 or more non-locking carabiners
- 3 or more locking “HMS/Pearbiners”
- 6 or more locking carabiners, (the more, the better)
- Manual braking belay/rappel device, such as the “Verso”, “ATC” or “Pyramid”, etc.
- Releasable assisted braking device, such as the Petzl “GriGri” or Trango “Cinch”
- 2 Prusik loops (1m of 6mm Nylon Accessory Cord)
- 2 cordelettes (5m of 7mm Nylon Accessory Cord)
- One 50-60m "single" dynamic rope (9.5-10.5mm) suitable for leading and top roping
- One static or “semi static” (gym line) rope 9-11mm, 30m+, for setting up anchors and fixed lines
- Approach Shoes (This is added by TCLG, separate from the climbing shoes listed above)
All gear will be inspected on the first morning of the course and is expected to be in good condition. Mark all of your gear!
The Single Pitch Instructor Course and Exam is offered on the following dates:
2018 Course Dates:
September 28-30 October 13-15 November 17-19 December 8-10
2018 Assessment (Exam) Dates:
October 20-21 November 3-4 December 1-2
2019 Course Dates:
January 5-7 February 9-11 March 23-25 April 13-15 October 5-7
2019 Assessment (Exam) Dates:
January 12-13 February 2-3 March 2-3 April 6-7
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