Tuesday, October 13, 2009

AMGA SPI Course 10/09/2009

I just finished teaching my fourth AMGA SPI Course on my own just a few days ago. The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Course (aargh, all those silly acronyms!) is a 3 day course geared towards new instructors who want the requisite skills to work in a single pitch climbing environment. It is great for people who guide occasionally, work only in a single pitch environment, or work for a camp/outdoor program where climbing isn't the only focus. It also happens to be a great course for people who are looking to solidify their anchor building, belaying and basic rescue skills. For this reason I suggest it to anyone who feels like they may someday teach friends/loved ones how to climb.

My most recent course included a diverse group of individuals with varied levels of experience. I took lots of pictures during the course and have a selected a few of them for this post. They clearly show many of the concepts introduced throughout the course.

Here is the link to the photo album.

Below is a video demonstrating a good load transfer to remove an object that is jammed in a rappel device:

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