PCGI Climbing Courses

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These courses are designed for the aspiring guide or guides looking to expand their guiding abilities on the track to certification. Certified guides are set apart as holding higher standards and implementing the safest and most efficient climbing guiding techniques.

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.

Prerequisites:

  • 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 Course

  • 1 Person: $525
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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.

Single Pitch Guide Assessment

  • 1 Person: $250
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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 encompasses 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.

Prerequisites:

  • 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 Course

  • 1 Person: $450
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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.

Top Rope Guide Assessment

  • 1 Person: $200
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Cancellation Policy

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.

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