Women’s SPI Course by Arc’teryx

As the first affinity program at the AMGA, the women’s SPI Course has a historical significance in spearheading these initiatives. After a year long hiatus, the course is making a comeback this year thanks to support from Arc’teryx. This program was founded in collaboration with Flash Foxy, Brown Girls Climb, and American Alpine Club. Throughout the years, we have adapted to changes in partner’s capacity to support this program and we are excited to bring it back this year. 

We are excited to have two of our founding partners involved not only in their guidance of this program but in facilitating an evening discussion for participants during the course. Flash Foxy and Brown Girls Climb will co-host an evening community conversation with course participants the Friday evening of the three-day course. 



  • Who can apply to this course?

    This course is designed for anyone who identifies as a woman. 

  • 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, we will provide a full scholarship for up to twelve participants. Thank you to our sponsor, Arc’teryx, for providing these scholarships.