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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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February 18, 2013

Mountain Madness to offer AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course

Professional American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trainings and Mountain Madness

With the growing popularity of rock climbing as a professional progam activity in summer camps, high schools Universities and adventure / leadership programs, the demand for qualified instructors has increased ten fold in the last ten years.  As with many seemingly high risk activities, if facilitated by trained and qualified instructors, the risks involved can be manged and the risks minimized. The American Mountain Guides Association's "Single Pitch Instructor course (SPI)"  is becoming recognized as the standard training for rock climbing instructors.  The core component is a 27 hour curriculum that focuses on all aspects of single pitch rock climbing instruction and rescue.  Participants can then choose to get certified by participating in a 16hr two day assessment.

Anchor instruction. Mark Gunlogson photo

In 2013 Mountain Madness will be offering four SPI dates; in Leavenworth Washington (6/3-5 & 9/23-25) and in Red Rocks Nevada (3/25-27 & 10/17-18 Exams 3/28-29 & 10/19-20).  Exams can be arranged on custom basis in Washington (Leavenworth, Mazama, or Mt Erie).  For more information visit us on the web AMGA Single Pitch Instructor course or contact Jaime Pollitte North American Program Director at Our guides will be in Red Rocks throughout March, so join us for some great custom rock climbing trips as well! 


Rescue practice. Mark Gunlogson photo


In 1998 the AMGA created the Top Rope Site Manager Program specifically to address the needs of professionals that teach climbing in the single pitch environment. After three years of curriculum development and input from climbing instructors across the country and from Climbing Instructor Associations overseas we have upgraded the program to become the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program in 2008. The Single Pitch Instructor Program better suits the needs of today’s climbing instructors and is designed to enable instructors to ‘proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting’. The three day SPI course module covers all the required skills sets for managing a single pitch site from the base or top of the cliff where candidates can either access the top by non technical terrain or by leading.