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:
Single Pitch Guide Exam
Please book your SPG Exam well in advance! Exams can only be booked by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Must be 18 years old to participate in course
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.
Exams booked separately and at extra cost.
TRG- $260 / SPG- $320
* PCGI Manual $20
Before booking, please review the prerequisites (below) and our Booking Policy:
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
figure 8 family of knots (including figure 8 on a bight, figure 8 follow through, etc)
SUGGESTED GEAR LIST
Climbing harness with belay loop
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
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
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. "