LGBTQIA2S+ SPI Course by Mountain Hardwear





In collaboration with Mountain Hardwear and guidance from Lila Leatherman at Lamella Consulting and Nikki Smith, this course offers a unique opportunity to learn in a queer and trans centered learning environment. From our SPI Provider to students, this course aims to create an entry point for future instructors and guides. We hope to continue to increase the visibility and mentorship of LGBTQIA2S+ guides and instructors, this is just a small piece of that puzzle. 

This year, we will be furthering our partnership with Nikki Smith, athlete, photographer, and community leader, to facilitate a Friday evening community conversation during the three-day program.
The application is now CLOSED

  • Who can apply to this course?

    This course is designed for anyone who identifies as a member of the LGBQTIA2S+ community.

  • 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 pre-reqs
  • Are scholarships provided?

    Yes, we will provide a full scholarship to six participants. Thank you to our sponsor, Mountain Hardwear, for providing these scholarships.