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A group practicing guide-client rescue on the first pitch of Thin Air, on Sunday 4/28/13. (Sorry for the blurry picture, it's 5 guides on anchor, and 2 guides playing tired/exhausted 'clients' on rope below)<br>
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Brendan Blanchard
Apr 29, 2013
A group practicing guide-client rescue on the first pitch of Thin Air, on Sunday 4/28/13. (Sorry for the blurry picture, it's 5 guides on anchor, and 2 guides playing tired/exhausted 'clients' on rope below)
Not the time or the place?  
Scott Brown
Bellingham
Scott Brown   Bellingham
Hey all,

I'm also in this photo(behind matt). And I vividly remember our instructor yelling down to passing climbers(some who probably weren't even trying to get on thin air) to come on up, and we shouldn't be in there way if they wanted to climb. like matt said, we were left of the bong anchor by quite a bit. Doesn't seem like Hogging at all. Aug 19, 2014
The Single Pitch Instructor certification is just that, a guide certification for single pitch climbing which replaced the Toprope Site Manager Certification.

The SPI was an effort to strengthen and further standardize the old cert, which had no leading requirement. By requiring leads harder than 5.6, many capable climbers would be eliminated from eligibility-- a thorough knowledge of gear is necessary in some toprope scenarios, and perhaps a lead as a demo or cliff top access. Thus the requirement. The course is comprised of 3 days of instruction and a 2 day test, anyone who completes it is more than capable of safe toprope set-up, basic self rescue, and good client care.

The Rock Guide and Rock Instructor certs have stricter lead criteria, but are also much more involved and far more expensive and serve a much different purpose. The SPI is a stepping stool for some, and all that's needed for others. And it's worked: look at the standardization of bomber toprope setups that happen now with the widespread usage of static line versus webbing. Nov 22, 2013
Jay Knower
Campton, NH
Jay Knower   Campton, NH  
Alex Madden wrote:Well its only the first step in a long process to get cerified as a guide, the more advanced courses have higher requirements...
Good to know :) Nov 20, 2013

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