As the first affinity program at the AMGA, the women’s SPI Course has a historical significance in spearheading these initiatives. 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 have Arc’teryx as a long-term partner.
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. Additionally, we will be offering an assessment. Please note that we do not recommend that students take the course and immediately take the assessment, we want to encourage folks to practice. However, you can always feel free to reach out and inquiry about both programs back to back. Email: [email protected]
Women’s SPI Course and Assessment
This course is designed for anyone who identifies as a woman.
The above prerequisites are absolute minimums. Without having at least this amount of experience you are unlikely to make best use of the training.
You are a current member of the AMGA.
You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a variety of rock types.
You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place protection.
You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months). You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are working in.
Yes, we will provide a scholarship thanks to our sponsor, Arc’teryx, for providing these scholarships.