AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Assessment

This past Thursday and Friday I passed a 2-day SPI assessment to renew my Single Pitch Instructor certification. The course was run by EMS Schools Guide Charlie Townsend and Kevin Johnson from Alpine Endeavors. 4 other students who took the Single Pitch Instructor Course last year made great classmates as we were examined for the skills required to hold an SPI certification. I’m looking forward to continuing with the AMGA Rock Guide program in the future.

Some group talk at the base of Square Ledge

Some group talk at the base of Square Ledge

Christopher topping out a lead on the West Face

Christopher topping out a lead on the West Face

Andrew following Ilene's lead

Andrew following Eileen’s lead

Christopher and Ilene managing a top belay station

Christopher and  Eileen managing a top belay station

Preparing for some releasable lowers

Preparing for some releasable lowers

Andrew leads The Chimney

Andrew leads The Chimney

Setting the "anchor"... I've never had a BD #6 to place before!

Setting the “anchor”… I’ve never had a BD #6 to place before!

Charlie arrives at Andrews belay

Charlie arrives at Andrews belay

Christopher being "rescued" by Trisha

Christopher being “rescued” by Trisha

One of my props for a topo reading clinic session

One of my props for a topo reading clinic session

More skills being practiced on the Thin Air face

More skills being practiced on the Thin Air face

Assisted hauls and 3:1

Assisted hauls and 3:1

Ilene teaches a 15 minute anchor building clinic

Ilene teaches a 15 minute anchor building clinic

We had great weather for both days and it was good to see what other aspiring guides and outdoor professionals are doing. I picked up a couple new ways to think about things, like Trish’s “4 Essentials vrs. the commonly known 10 Essentials, Christopher’s descriptive talk on waste management (especially how it relates to running a cadaver dog), Andrew’s participant engaged approach to coaching climbing movement, and Eileen’s discussion of some of the finer points of building anchors. While I’ve been immersed in this material for the last decade I’m never surprised that there is always something else to learn, or at-least a different way to think about a topic, or explain an idea… The learning really never stops!

About David Lottmann

David grew up skiing in the Whites and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the USMC, and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a Single Pitch Instructor. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of Mountain Rescue Service. When David isn't out guiding he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing, trying to cook something new once a week and sampling new micro-brews. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle, son Alex, and daughter Madalena.
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