Single Pitch Guide Course
The Single-Pitch Guide Course (SPG) is designed for guiding and instructing in single-pitch lead climbing terrain. The SPG is perfect for climbing instructors working primarily in single-pitch terrain, or for people that are competent Top Rope guides looking to expand their guiding abilities into Single-Pitch Terrain. It is also an excellent choice for college rock climbing program leaders, rock climbing club leaders, youth rock climbing program leaders, or recreational rock climbers wishing to improve safety and efficiency in Single-Pitch terrain. The SPG focuses on Lead/Follow style guiding with up to two clients in straightforward single-pitch terrain. The emphasis is on top managed techniques belay techniques, efficiency, stance management, teaching and facilitation skills, single-pitch specific rescue techniques, advanced anchoring, belaying, lowering, and rappelling techniques, and the fine art of leading with clients belaying you. This course provides students with the tools to successfully provide a safe and enjoyable experience for any given client in single-pitch terrain. The SPG does not include instruction in short roping, short pitching, intermediate belays, and complex approaches and descents. The training does not encompass guiding or instruction in glaciated environments. A primary goal of this training is to provide an open forum for learning and discussion in a supportive learning environment while presenting rigorous practical Single-Pitch guiding and instructing skill paradigms. The SPG consists of 3 days of technical, hands on Single-Pitch rock climbing guide training. The training days are a combination of group discussions and analysis of systems, instructor demonstrations of common rock climbing guiding techniques, and extensive hands on learning and practice for students. Mentors give extensive individual attention to students. Prior guiding experience at the top-rope level is strongly suggested before taking this course. Lead climbing up to 5.6 is conducted during the SPG. Students must be comfortable with traditional routes with gear anchors at this grade.
- Comfortable with lead climbing 5.6 traditional and sport climbing routes (must be documented via the climbs roster of the course registration form)
- The ability to safely and efficiently build anchor systems using traditional climbing gear, i.e. stoppers, cams, etc.
- Lead climbing experience of at least 2 years, prior top-rope guiding experience strongly suggested
- Working knowledge of the following knots and hitches: clove hitch, munter hitch, figure eight and overhand on bight, friction hitches, figure eight follow through, bowline, double figure eight and overhand, and double fisherman.
Single Pitch Guide Assessment
The PCGI SPG certification has been developed to represent single-pitch rock climbing guiding in general single-pitch terrain. This includes both bottom managed and top managed guiding techniques as needed to safely conduct the guided single-pitch and top rope experience for any given client. A Certified SPG is a guide who has demonstrated competency in leading 5.7 single-pitch rock climbs safely and efficiently with 2 clients and can effectively facilitate the client’s experience to match their skills, abilities, and expectations. The PCGI SPG certification is a full fledged standardized single-pitch rock climbing guide certification and enables a guide to be certified for the guided single-pitch environments found in many rock climbing areas in the U.S.A.
Top Rope Guide Course
The course teaches a variety of skills, strategies, and methods for both the technical top rope environment as well as creating a strong base for technical instruction, teaching techniques, group management, and other important concerns. The top rope course is specifically developed to primarily address "top and bottom managed" top rope guiding. The training encompass certain key top managed techniques that are commonly used such as belayed rappels and top-managed belays for areas such as lake and sea cliffs.The training days focus on technical skills, common guide and instruction techniques, managing clients, teaching, and pertinent rescue techniques. Classes are very hands on with active discussions and student involvement.
- Prior top rope climbing experience, comfortable with top roping 5.7 climbs (must be documented via the climbs roster of the registration form)
- prior knowledge of, experience with and ability to build top rope anchor systems using traditional climbing gear, i.e. stoppers, cams, etc
- Own and bring appropriate gear/rack for building top rope anchors and setting up top ropes, including cams, stoppers, hexes, static lines, 7mm cords and climbing ropes.
- Top rope climbing experience of at least one year/12 months
- Working knowledge of the following knots and hitches: clove hitch, munter hitch, figure eight and overhand on bight, friction hitches, figure eight follow through, bowline, double figure eight and overhand, and double fisherman
Top Rope Guide Assessment
The PCGI TRG certification has been developed to primarily represent the most widely implemented type of top rope guiding and top rope instruction, commonly referred to as "bottom managed" top rope rock climbing guiding &/or instruction, but does also assess implementation of top managed techniques as needed to safely conduct the guided top rope experience and achieve any clients given top rope climbing goals. A Certified TRG is a guide who has demonstrated competency in techniques necessary to guide people in top rope only non-glaciated rock climbing environments. A PCGI TRG is a guide who has demonstrated competency in top rope guided climbing in non complex environments which do not require short roping, short pitching or lead climbing. The PCGI TRG certification is a full fledged standardized top rope rock climbing guide certification and enables a guide to be certified for the guided top rope environments found in the majority of climbing areas in the U.S.A.
Outdoor Climbing Anchors
Climb safer by joining experienced and certified Guides from StoneMan Climbing Co. to learn about "outdoor" climbing anchors on real rock! Whether you are just starting to climb or you have been climbing outdoors for years this class will provide useful and current information regarding safe and effective climbing anchors. This 4 hour clinic will provide hands-on instruction with time to practice new skills in a safe environment. All required gear is provided but feel free to bring your own. Price is $90 each person or $75 each person if you are already a member at Focus Climbing Center. Space is limited so hurry up and reserve your spot! Please call 602-824-8179 with any questions.
- Learn to identify safe vs unsafe anchors
- Properly place and remove Cams
- Properly place and remove Stoppers
- Utilize Natural Climbing Anchors
- Assess fixed climbing protection integrity
- Multi piece anchor principles and methods
- and more...
Crack Climbing Clinic
Ever wanted to learn to climb crack? Learn to climb like a pro from StoneMan crack climbing professionals! Whether you are just beginning to rock climb or you are already climbing cracks on your own; This 5 hour in depth crack climbing clinic is certain to help you short cut years of suffering by learning from the experienced and talented StoneMan crack climbers. You will have demonstration and hands-on instruction from currently crushing crack climbing pros:) All the gear required will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Cost is $99 each person or $89 if you are a current member of Focus Climbing Gym. Space is limited so reserve your spot ASAP! Feel free to call 602-824-8179 with any questions or concerns
- Learn effective and advanced jamming on Finger Crack
- Learn effective and advanced jamming on Hand Crack
- Learn effective and advanced jamming on Fist Crack
- Learn effective and advanced jamming on Offwidth Crack
- Learn technical foot jamming
- Practice each type of jam in the presence of experience Crack Climbers
- Advanced techniques and more...
Outdoor Climbing Course
introduction to outdoor climbing 4/6 hr
This first course focuses on the essential skills that are needed outside. What to pack and how to pack your backpack for outdoor climbing. How to use climbing guidebooks. What are the grading systems, types of climbing? How do you get the rope up there? How to top rope belay with an ATC. Outdoor climbing techniques impossible to practice in the gym. What are the hazards to avoid and How can I avoid them? All of these topics and more are covered. You will get to climb and practice your new skills! Choose between the 4 or 6 hour class. (6 hour = more climbing).
Purchase 4 hr Course : $250 per person
Purchase 6 hr Course: $300 per person
Intermediate Outdoor Climbing
This course builds on the Introductory course by taking you to the next level of outdoor climbing. After you know the basics then you can start learning how to be more efficient and more self sufficient. How to coil and flake your rope so it never tangles and it is easier to transport. How to safely get down from the top of a climb (rappel) without leaving any of your gear behind. How to “clean” a route? What other knots do I need to know how to tie? All of these topics and more will be covered in this course and you will definitely get to climb! This is a six hour course.
Purchase This Course : $350 / 7hrs per person
Advanced Outdoor Climbing
This course as the name implies is the most advanced in this series. This course will tie your skills together by teaching you either top rope set up or sport lead climb outside. Being able to set up ropes on the route of your choosing and Lead climbing (aka “the sharp end”) are the final steps of independence for a climber. Now you are taking the lead and from start to finish doing it yourself. This course is two six hour days, giving you enough time to demonstrate learned skills with a guide by your side making sure that you are safe and proficient.
Purchase This Course : $700 / 7hrs, 2 Days per person
Skill Building Courses
If you want to learn a specific climbing skill these courses are for you. You may have some experience already but have had trouble knowing how to learn or where to start learning specific skills. Below is a list of courses that contain the most common skills climbers want to learn. If you don’t see the skill you want to learn below give us a call because we can help you learn it. Please contact us for class availability.
Top Rope / Belay Setup
This course will teach you how to set up ropes outside just like they are in the indoor climbing gyms using a top rope system. You will be able to identify the Hazards to avoid and be able to safely set your top ropes.
This course will teach you how to safely and effectively keep a lead climber safe. Whether for the gym setting or outdoor setting you will be competent in providing a safe lead belay.
Sport Lead Climb
This course will teach you how to safely Lead Climb Sport routes inside the gym or outside. Lead climbing (aka “the sharp end”) is the final step of independence for a climber.
This course educates you about climbing anchors temporary or fixed. You will learn what a safe anchor set up is, what it looks like, and how to make them yourself. The skills in this course are essential for the Traditional Lead Climbing course and are often combined.
Traditional Lead Climbing
This course teaches you to climb where there are no anchors. You take traditional anchors and do it your self. This is a full two day course!
In this course you will learn the art of “Crack Climbing”. You’ll be ready for Indian Creek in no time or maybe... we will go there to learn.
In this course you will learn how to ice climb. Yes you can learn to ice climb in Arizona through a technique called dry tooling. Then we can go get on some real ice in Colorado, Utah, or Nevada.
In this course you can hone your bouldering skills and techniques. Maybe you just want to see the bouldering that Phoenix has to offer. We can show you that too!
If you want a combination of classes or aren’t really sure what you want to learn give us a call we will customize a class to meet your specific needs.
Our cancellation policy excluding weather is to have you notify us 72 hours (3 days) prior to the trip to reschedule or to receive a full refund. You may cancel your trip for ½ price refund 36 hours (1.5 days) prior to the scheduled time. If you must cancel within 36 hours of the class there will be no refund. If weather causes a cancellation then you may reschedule the class for a later date or time or receive a full refund.