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rockrat_co


Jun 10, 2010, 11:24 PM
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Hey There,

I've been rock climbing for about nine years now and am wanting to begin to learn mountaineering in glacier terrain, steep snow climbing, etc. to begin the haul towards Alpine guide certification. I'm seeking an experienced mountaineer who would be willing to teach me the ropes, so to speak. I do have a very solid rock climbing background, am WEMT certified, and have a descent understanding of technical systems and navigation. I would be willing to work something out to compensate for your time/food/travel. Please drop me a line if you are interested. AMGA certified a plus.

Thank You!

Ryan


summerprophet


Jun 13, 2010, 4:53 PM
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Washington to Alaska covers a pretty big area.

If Central Washington works for you, drop me a line.

Non-AMGA, but equivalent.

Justin


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Jun 13, 2010, 5:48 PM
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summerprophet wrote:
Washington to Alaska covers a pretty big area.

If Central Washington works for you, drop me a line.

Non-AMGA, but equivalent.

Justin

What exactly is the equivalent?

For the original poster, I suggest you go with one of the many legitimate AMGA guide services here in WA. Contact one of the following...

North Cascades mountain Guides
American Alpine Institute
Northwest Mountain School

There are a bunch more that you can find with a little bit of research.

With AMGA certified instructors you know that you are going to get a qualified instructor.


acorneau


Jun 14, 2010, 6:41 PM
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ADT wrote:
What exactly is the equivalent?


IFMGA
UIAGM
IVBV
ACGM

etc...


ADT


Jun 14, 2010, 8:22 PM
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Yea I know what they are. I am more worried about what his idea of equivalent is. Since there are no certs listed on his website I kind of want to call bullshit on his claiming equivalent.


summerprophet


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Equivalency is exceeding the standards set for ACMG ROCK guides. For a Rock Instructor this includes leading a client competently on 10a rock, with full knowledge of first aid, weather patterns, descent information, and to a minor extent, local knowledge of history, flora and fauna of the area.

(ACMG standards as I went through guides training in Canada).

As far as competency and standards, I have been climbing since 1992, guiding since 1998, and have a College Degee in Adventure Tourism, specializing in Mountain Guiding.

I interned with Canada West Mountain School instructing Rockclimbing and Self Rescue for Rockclimbers, and acting as Assistant instructor for their Alpine Classes.

I have been trained side by side with ACMG guides, and regularly climb with ACMG, AMGA and old BMC guides.

I have been up 10 Yosemite walls, have first ascents up to 11d, written a guidebook, summited big mountains from Canada to Peru, and pride myself in my ability to instruct moutain skills.

In addition, I actively involve myself in Mountain Rescue, both instructing and volenteering.

While I meet all the requirements to pursue AMGA Certifications (for Rock and alpine,... I can almost guarantee I can out-ski you, but don't have a mastery of instructing winter skills), the costs and time commitments exceed any reasonable amount that I care to commit.

Honestly, the days of guiding and making 20k a year are long behind me, and guiding now is purely a sideline to suppliment my income since the economy turned.

Enough of me tooting my own horn, and I apologize for deviating this from the OP's question, but ADT was coming awfully close to bashing me personally.

As this is an internet forum, I am somewhat certain that some anonymous naysayer will attempt to discredit all this, but my client comments speak for themselves.


RMC


Jun 16, 2010, 12:58 PM
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good for you bro- nice reply. Dont feed the drama queens or make comments to folk who love to one up everyone else.


Just share the beta and help the other guy-


tommahrow


Jun 16, 2010, 5:04 PM
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funny how people want help with having to pay for training,but will bash people who offer out of kindness!


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