AMGA SPI Assessment

AMGA SPI Assessment

Date: June 10 - June 11, 2023

Course Category: AMGA SPI Assessment    

Location: Table Rock, North Carolina

Instructor: Wesley Calkins

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The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Assessment is a two-day exam that is required to become an American Mountain Guides Association Certified Single Pitch Instructor. 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.

You meet the SPI Assessment prerequisites if you have completed the following:

  • 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; and
  • You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.

Number on Assessment: Maximum of 6:1 client to instructor ratio

Assessment length: Two days

Cost: $425

Please note that you MUST be a member of the AMGA prior to enrolling. Click here to join.

About the Instructor: A native North Carolinian, Wes returns to Fox Mountain Guides after an extensive sojourn in the American West. Guiding and climbing for over 20 years, Wes spent the last five years working full time for the Colorado Mountain School, but the crags and walls of the Southeast have always been Wes’ home.

Having worked extensively in the Rockies on rock, ice, and snow, and teaching AMGA Single Pitch Instructor programs from coast to coast, Wes returns to his core passion in North Carolina. He creates learning environments where everyone can be successful and fulfill their potential in the mountains.

Wes’ clients and student unanimously enjoy his fun-loving personality, they engage his depth of knowledge, and invariably form lifelong friendships and partnerships.

Wes’ peers know him as a true guide’s guide, steady and strong in the mountains. He is a mentor to his colleagues with the same earnestness as his clients and students. Wes helps everyone around him achieve their dreams in climbing.

Wes has the following guiding credentials: AMGA Rock Guide, AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide, AMGA Ice instructor Course, AMGA SPI provider, LNT Master Educator, AIARE Avalanche Course Provider, Wilderness First Responder.