The American Mountain Guides (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor Course is the first in the sequence of climbing instructor and guide training programs. This is a great way to transition from a capable recreational climber to an effective climbing instructor. The SPI course is intended for recreational climbers who are already proficient in both top-rope and lead climbing. Each of our SPI courses is led by an IFMGA certified Guide and member of the Instructor Pool for the advanced level AMGA courses. For the Past 9 years John Kear, Amos Whiting and Owner, Carl Dec have constantly provided the very best in Single Pitch Instruction to students.

Why Choose Red River for SPI training?

  • RRA has been providing Single Pitch Instructor training longer than any other Utah guide service
  • We are local with locations in both Moab and Salt Lake City
  • IFMGA certified lead Instructors
  • Lead instructors are also members of the upper level Rock, Alpine and Ski instructor pool
  • Camping & meals included on some courses!

AMGA SPI Course offerings

Course Pre-Requisites

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags
  • You have at least 12 months of prior climbing experience
  • You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience
  • Have trad lead climbed a minimum of 15 graded rock climbing routes (any grade)
  • Are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope

The pre-requisites listed above are absolute minimums and most candidates have way in excess of the above. Without having at least this amount experience you are unlikely to play a constructive part on the course or be able to make best use of the training. If you are unsure of your skill levels we suggest a day with one of our Certified Single Pitch Instructors to evaluate and enhance your skills and experience prior to SPI Program enrollment.

Moab, UT

AMGA SPI Course – May 5-7, 2017
Course director IFMGA certified guide Amos Whiting. Co-instructor RRA owner Carl Dec
$500 course only | $540 course w/camping & meals. Breakfast and Dinner only!

Salt Lake City, UT
AMGA SPI Course – May 12-14, 2017 *Offered jointly with Bear House Guiding

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AMGA SPI Exam offerings

Assessment Pre-Requisites
You meet the SPI Assessment Pre-Requisites if:

  • You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course or AMGA Top Rope Site Manager Course.
  • You have trad lead climbed a minimum of 40 rock routes. A large number of these should be at 5.6 grade and hopefully on a variety of rock types.
  • You are capable of comfortably leading 5.6 traditional routes (leader placing protection).
  • You will demonstrate your leading ability on a variety of routes on the assessment.
  • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the Assessment pre-requisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate takes time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).

Moab, UT

SPI Exam – May 9-10, 2017
$350 | $370 Camping, breakfast and Dinner
Exam Director IFMGA certified guide Amos Whiting. Co-instructor RRA owner Carl Dec

Salt Lake City, Ut
SPI Exam – May 20-21, 2017 *Offered Jointly with Bear House Guiding

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Visit these links for more information on the AMGA and complete details on the Single Pitch program.

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