top-rope guide Course
On the Rocks is proud to offer PCGI Top Rope and Single Pitch Guide Certification Courses!
*No Scheduled Dates for 2023*
The Top Rope Guide Course is perfect for current professional guides or instructors working primarily in top rope terrain. There is no requirement for leading in this course; all anchors are accessible via 4th class or easier approaches.
The course teaches a variety of skills, strategies, and methods for both the technical top rope environment as well as creating a strong base for technical instruction, teaching techniques, group management, and other important concerns.
The top rope course is specifically developed to primarily address ”top and bottom managed” top rope guiding. The training encompass certain key top managed techniques that are commonly used such as belayed rappels and top-managed belays for areas such as lake and sea cliffs.
The training days focus on technical skills, common guide and instruction techniques, managing clients, teaching, and pertinent rescue techniques. Classes are very hands on with active discussions and student involvement.
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.
Prior top rope climbing experience
Comfortable with top roping 5.7 climbs
Top rope climbing experience of at least one year/12 months
Basic top anchor building knowledge
Some experience with traditional protection (eg. cams, stoppers)
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.
50-60-meter climbing rope
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. "