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Single-pitch Course

On the Rocks is proud to offer PCGI Top Rope and Single Pitch Guide Certification Courses!

course details

Saturday, July 6-Monday, July 8, 2024 at Metcalfe Rock

The Single Pitch Guide course provides an excellent basis for transitioning from top rope guiding to leading climbs with up to 2 clients in single pitch terrain.

The SPG provides students with the necessary skills to safely and efficiently guide clients with an emphasis on rope management systems, top and bottom managed techniques, lowering and rappels, simple approaches and descents, and relevant rescue techniques. Courses also focus on helping students to develop essential holistic guide skills that will enable them to provide highly successful guided trips.

The SPG is specifically developed to address single-pitch and top rope guiding (top and bottom managed), as needed to safely conduct guided single pitch rock climbing experiences for any given client.

The SPG will consist of technical, hands on guide training under a certified mentor that is highly invested in expanding your skills and helping you expand your guiding abilities. Lead climbing up to 5.7 is done during the SPG course, and up to 5.8 in the SPG assessment.

To inquire about details of the SPG Course, please email us at:

Must be 18 years or older to participate in course, and have application approved by course mentor.

Please Note: Completing a PCGI training course does not constitute certification. In order to obtain PCGI certification individuals must pass a separate assessment for certification.


Per Person Cost: $780

PCGI SPG Assessment (booked separately)


Pay Remaining Course Fees

  • Comfortable with leading 5.7 traditional routes


Prior knowledge of, experience with and ability to build appropriate top rope anchor systems using traditional climbing gear, i.e. stoppers, cams, etc

  • Experience lead climbing 5.7 traditional and sport climbing routes

  • At least 2 years lead climbing experience


Working knowledge of the following knots and hitches

  • clove hitch

  • figure 8 family of knots (including figure 8 on a bight, figure 8 follow through, etc)

  • friction hitches

  • double fisherman

  • overhand

  • bowline


  • Climbing harness with belay loop

  • Climbing helmet

  • Standard free climbing rack, which should include at minimum a set of wired nuts and a range of camming units. Tri-cams, hexes, and other types of gear are optional.

  • 10-12 shoulder-length (24″) runners with carabiners

  • 50-60-meter climbing rope (may be static for TRG)

  • Sticky rubber approach shoes

  • Climbing shoes comfortable enough to wear all day

  • Five Pear shaped locking carabiners

  • Two 18-21 foot long 7mm nylon cordalettes

  • Belay device (gri-gri (strongly recommended), ATC/Plate, reverso, or other)

  • 50-100 ft. of 10-10.5 mm static line for extending anchors


Read what some of our past PCGI Course students have to say

"I think everyone should take this, guide or not, just to understand anchor systems better and gain more confidence in your climbing."


"This course blew my mind, it was exactly what I needed without really knowing that I needed it!"


"I would recommend this course to every climber that wants to climb outdoors or even to those that already climb outside. I wanted to feel more comfortable and confident in dealing with the variables of climbing safely in the outdoor climbing environment, this course certainly succeeded in doing that."


"They were exceptional at delivering the necessary information and then further answering any questions that arose as we worked through the course. Very knowledgeable, very helpful. "

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