Black, Indigenous, People of Color Single Pitch Instructor Courses – sponsored by Black Diamond


In the summer of 2020, Black Diamond pledged $250,000 in an effort to increase diversity and accessibility in the outdoors. Committed to having these funds serve as more than a one-time donation, Black Diamond (along with new key and valued partners) developed an action plan with multiple, complementary components. While the objectives listed in the plan may seem small in comparison to the massive issues we face as a nation, they are deliberate moves in the right direction and are currently serving as a starting place only; each component is designed to evolve and grow over time.

Black Diamond built the objectives around accomplishing four things:

  1. Creation of internal awareness and understanding
  2. Building of industry leaders
  3. Support and community integration with grassroots affiliate groups
  4. Driving athlete and ambassador team diversification

The AMGA is proud to be part of this initiative and will be launching a multiple-year BIPOC affinity program to promote diversification of guides and climbing instructors in America.  Full details of Black Diamond’s pledge here.

Additionally, we will be teaming up with Climbers of Color to provide an evening community conversation during the three-day course in the Pacific Northwest. Climbers of Color is a Washington-based nonprofit that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the climbing and mountaineering community by developing leaders of color.

The application is now CLOSED

  • Who can apply to this course?

    This course is designed for anyone who identifies as a Black, Indigenous, Person of Color. Anyone who identifies as a person of color can apply.

  • What are the prerequisites for an SPI Course?


    • You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
    • You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch crags.
    • You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
    • You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
    • You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
    • You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
    • You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

    The above prerequisites are absolute minimums. Without having at least this amount of experience you are unlikely to make best use of the training.

  • What else is required?

    • Current professional membership ($80)
    • Climbing resume
    • Meet the prereqs
  • Are scholarships provided?

    Yes, full scholarships for all 12 participants per course offering have been provided by Black Diamond Equipment. A $200 travel stipend and gear sponsorships will also be provided directly from Black Diamond. Thank you to our partner Black Diamond, for providing these scholarships.