17 Nov AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course
I believe that one of the best and most important things we can do as more extreme athletes, is to consistently keep learning and improve our skills, especially when it comes to safety. Thus, as a birthday present to myself, I recently took an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course out in in Joshua Tree. And Wow! What a great experience this turned out to be!
Going into this course I really wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was that I loved climbing, I loved coaching, and that I dreamed of one day guiding people outside. Training to become a single pitch instructor seemed like a great step towards this goal. Although I’m an experienced sport climber, I’m fairly new to trad and all aspects of gear, placing pro, and building anchors, so I knew I would have a lot to learn. What I didn’t realize, was just how much!
It was one of those situations where I didn’t know just how much I didn’t know. The AMGA course introduced me to knots, anchor systems, and general concepts I was completely unaware of before. Over the three day course students belayed rappels, escaped belays (weighted and unweighted), created pulley systems, ascended ropes, plucked people off walls, and hauled folks up a route. It was extremely challenging and such a great learning experience.
Moving forward, even if I never became an instructor, I’m still extremely happy to have taken this course and have all these concepts in my tool belt. I feel that everything we learned is valuable for the general safety of myself and my climbing partners and it definitely helps me feel better equipped to handle situations out on the wall. I’m excited to keep practicing and improve my skills, and hopefully someday soon take the SPI test and become a full fledged instructor!
If anybody has questions about the AMGA, SPI training, or other safety/climbing courses, please feel free to reach out and I will point you in the right direction!
Happy Climbing Everyone!