AMGA Course Offered This Spring!

The Michigan Ice Fest Guides will be offering an American Mountain Guides Association Single Pitch Instructor Course as well as an SPI Assessment this September!

SPI COURSE May 17-19th 2021 Marquette Michigan  $530.00

The Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. The SPI is the only
internationally recognized single pitch climbing instructor certification program in the United
States. This program is the industry standard for facilitating single pitch outdoor rock climbing.
It is also a highly beneficial program to complete prior to moving into the AMGA Guide Track
The SPI Program consists of a 3 day course and separate 2 day assessment. Candidates should meet the required prerequisites prior to attending the course or assessment.
? You are a Professional Member of the AMGA.
? You have a genuine interest in rock climbing and instructing novices on single pitch
? You are at least 18 years old at the time of the course.
? You have at least 12 months prior climbing experience.
? You are an active climber with traditional lead climbing experience (leader placing pro).
? You have led a minimum of 15 traditional rock climbing routes (any grade).
? You are capable of comfortably climbing 5.8 while on a top rope.

SPI ASSESSMENT SEPTMEMBER May 20-21 Marquette Michigan  $375.00
The SPI Assessment is two days in length (minimum of 16 hours assessment time) and will take place at a single pitch climbing area where there are a selection traditional lead routes in the 5.6 range and top roping routes in the 5.8 range. The assessment will examine all aspects of institutional single pitch climbing that the Single Pitch Instructor may encounter. Day one will look at climbing movement and all aspects of technical systems from anchoring to assistance skills and general climbing competence. On day two the examiner will arrange for volunteer novice clients (non-paying) for the candidates to instruct in a group setting.
? You are a current member of the AMGA.
? You have successfully completed an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course.
? You have led a minimum of 40 traditional routes, most of which should be 5.6 and on a
variety of rock types.
? You are able to comfortably lead 5.6 traditional routes, which means you place

? You are able to comfortably climb 5.8 on top rope.
? The SPI Assessment can be taken directly following the SPI Course if the candidate
successfully completed the course and meets the assessment prerequisites. However, it is
highly recommended that the SPI Course candidate take time practicing and
consolidating the skills learned on the course before assessment (6-12 months).
? You do not need First Aid training to take the course or assessment. However, it is your
responsibility to hold appropriate medical certification for the location that you are
working in.


Karsten Delap
Originally from the flat lands of Indiana, Karsten has found his obsession in the mountains. He has climbed extensively throughout the United States and his experience outside of the U.S. includes many peaks over 17,000ft in Boliva and Equador, as well as major alpine objectives in Africa and Argentina. Lately Karsten has been traveling to more exotic climbing locals such as Armenia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand for work and play. Karsten spends his winters chasing ice and powder. Karsten is an AMGA certified Rock and Alpine guide and volunteers on many rescue teams throughout the Southeast. Karsten is an athlete with La Sportiva, Deuter, Bluewater Ropes, Julbo USA and Ibex Outdoor Clothing. More info at