Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Climbing Instructor Training

A couple of folks are looking to organize some climbing instructor training.  ACMG has done a number of courses up here and they do a fantastic job.  We currently have 20 or so certified Gym and Top rope instructors in the territory.    

Below is the email from Greg with all the details.

This spring we're hoping to run two climbing instructor programs in Whitehorse. The first is the Climbing Gym Instructor 1 and the second the Top Rope Instructor. The courses will be run back to back in early June and you can do either, or both. The pre-requisites for each course are detailed on the ACMG website. The courses are designed to teach participants all the skills required to instruct individuals on the basics of climbing & to set up and run an outdoor climbing site for groups.

The final costs will be partly determined by the numbers of people interested but are likely to be $350 for CGI1 and $850 for TRI + a surcharge of ~$100/person per course for getting the instructors up here for the week. We need a minimum of approximately 8 people per course. The good news is 75% of this cost may be covered by Tourism Yukon funding. See their website for details on how to apply.

If you're interested or want more details please contact me (Greg Oldridge  - or Chris Gishler at Equinox Adventure Learning


  1. I should've added that registrations will close around the 8th of April,


  2. Hi,
    my name is Brittany and I'm from the Yukon but have been living in Wales, United Kingdom for the last 4 years. I'm working towards my "Single Pitch Award (SPA)" Which I assume is equivalent to the TRI. Would my SPA be valid in the Yukon do you think? My email is
    I hope you can help.

    Brittany Tremblay

  3. Hi Brittany,

    In the Yukon most employers will hire on a skills demonstrated basis, though awards and certificates are helpful. Certification may be required if you are planning on guiding in any territorial or national parts.

    To find out if certificates are recognized or equivalent across national associations you have to navigate a veritable alphabet soup of groups.

    In Canada the main certification body for mountain skills like mountaineering, climbing, skiing etc. is the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). I don't know if the ACMG recognizes British Mountaineering Councils' SPA . They might through the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA)

    See what I mean...

    So the short answer to your question is, it depends on what you want to do.

    If you'd like drop me a line via email and I'll see what I can find out from my contacts at the ACMG.



  4. If there is still any talk of certification in the Yukon, I would be interested to find out for Camp Yukon and passing along for staff development.

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