Introduction to Guiding

If you’re wondering what you need to do to get on track to be a mountain guide or learn more about what mountain guiding services may be looking for, pertaining to guides, this three-day course that incorporates classroom and field sessions may be the perfect experience for you.

 

Dates

  • May 15-17, 2017

Duration

Meet at 8 a.m.; concludes by 6 p.m. daily.

Locations

  • Meet at Apex Mountain School office
  • 51 Eagle Rd #1, Avon, CO 81620
  • Much of the course will take place in the field.

Cost

  • Cost is per person
  • $900

Difficulty

Three of Five

The Introduction to Guiding course is a three-day course designed to introduce students to elements of guiding as they’re centered within the framework of the AMGA and AIARE. Be prepared for lessons including single pitch and multi pitch, sport and trad climbing, managing risk, client management skills, very basic wilderness medicine skills and rescue techniques, as well as many more.

If you’re wondering what you need to do to get on track to be a mountain guide or learn more about what mountain guiding services may be looking for in , this three-day course that incorporates classroom and field sessions may be the perfect experience for you. Your successful completion of the course will provide you with a certificate of course completion.

Introduction to Guiding is a course that is designed for people who may be interested in mountain guiding. Apex Mountain School does not intend for the information in the course to be presented as an all-encompassing introduction for all kinds of guiding, for all guide services, or for all principles in guiding. The purpose of the course is to provide fundamental information regarding possible tracks for experience and education, fundamental skills and techniques of guiding, and other information found through experience to be useful to mountain guides. It’s an opportunity to further develop leadership skills, team-player skills, and confidence in technical skills prior to enrolling in formal AMGA courses. This is NOT an AMGA-certified course, nor does it count toward your WFA or WFR, however introductory knowledge in these disciplines will be shared.

Please come ready for long days and be sure to bring along your lunch daily, plenty of water, sunscreen, season and activity-appropriate clothing, sunglasses, a backpack, all of your gear (including approach shoes -closed toes-, climbing shoes, climbing protection, helmet, ropes, tools, etc.) a notebook, and pencils,

We will supply: Lesson plans, very low student: teacher ratio instruction

What to Bring:

  • Tennis shoes or approach shoes (no open toes)
  • Climbing gear: shoes, harness, helmet, protection, ropes
  • Food: lunch, snacks
  • Water
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Notebook, pencils
  • Appropriate layered clothing for climbing
  • Rain gear

Apex Provides:

  • Professional guides with a low student: instructor ratio

If you wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your outing.

Participant forms

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