Exams

Apprentice rock guide exam

Goal

To train and assess candidates in instruction and guiding of rock climbs in non-glaciated and non-"alpine" terrain and provide counselling toward further apprenticed work and future courses.

Format

This is an exam with coaching and debriefing components. The focus is on principle based learning giving the candidates the strategies for problem solving through coaching and practical application in simulated guide/client scenarios. Guiding and instructional skills will be marked on a daily basis and a final assessment made based on the candidates overall performance.

Expectations

On the exam, each candidate will be examined on crag routes (without a pack) on both crack and face climbs up to 10d. Each candidate will also be evaluated on multipitch routes using bolts and or gear for protection and anchors. The multipitch exam routes may be up to 5.10d and may have short sections of aid climbing, and will have the additional complications of route finding, endurance, natural hazards, and climbing with a pack. The technical expectation when evaluating a candidate on multipitch routes may be lowered accordingly, and the occasional move of aid (a hang, or pulling on a bolt for efficiency) may be seen as appropriate. However, candidates should be climbing at a higher personal standard to feel comfortable at the expected grade, and comfortable with the changing route conditions. Above all else, an awareness of personal safety and an appropriate managing of personal risks must be demonstrated and good technical skills.

Exam subjects

Guide candidates will be evaluated on climbs (sport and multipitch) on a variety of rock types, and under variable weather conditions. Rock rescue, lowering and rappelling, client care, guiding and teaching skills will also be examined.

Location and length

These courses are usually conducted in Canmore, Alta., and/or Squamish BC near the beginning of September over eight days.

Dates and Fees


Rock guide exam

Goal

To train and assess candidates in instruction and guiding of rock climbs in non-glaciated and non-"alpine" terrain and provide counselling toward further apprenticed work and future courses.

Format

This is an exam with coaching and debriefing components. The focus is on principle based learning giving the candidates the strategies for problem solving through coaching and practical application in simulated guide/client scenarios. Guiding and instructional skills will be marked on a daily basis and a final assessment made based on the candidates overall performance.

Expectations

On the exam, each candidate will be examined on crag routes (without a pack) on both crack and face climbs up to 10d. Each candidate will also be evaluated on multipitch routes using bolts and or gear for protection and anchors. The multipitch exam routes may be up to 5.10d and may have short sections of aid climbing, and will have the additional complications of route finding, endurance, natural hazards, and climbing with a pack. The technical expectation when evaluating a candidate on multipitch routes may be lowered accordingly, and the occasional move of aid (a hang, or pulling on a bolt for efficiency) may be seen as appropriate. However, candidates should be climbing at a higher personal standard to feel comfortable at the expected grade, and comfortable with the changing route conditions. Above all else, an awareness of personal safety and an appropriate managing of personal risks must be demonstrated and good technical skills.

Exam subjects

Guide candidates will be evaluated on climbs (sport and multipitch) on a variety of rock types, and under variable weather conditions. Rock rescue, lowering and rappelling, client care, guiding and teaching skills will also be examined.

Location and length

These courses are usually conducted in Canmore, Alta., and/or Squamish BC near the beginning of September over eight days.

Dates and Fees