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rkwan


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Hey, I'm new to the forum and I'm in need of help. A few Peace Corps volunteers and I want to start a camp for the youths of Morocco that focuses on rock climbing. Now we need help figuring out some troubleshoot and I was hoping you guys could help us.

- None of the volunteers are certified via AMGA. We have experience in climbing but we feel the lack of any official document may hinder our goal. Being in Morocco, it makes it very difficult for us to come back to America to get an AMGA-certified SPI training. It's an option I'm looking into but I was wondering if there was a French organization that also provided certifications?
- Although gaining SPI training would be very beneficial, we also want to make this into a self-sustainable project in the future, after we leave. That would, of course, require more certifications and more time than we have. Does anyone know of any certified trainers near Morocco whom we would be able to contact to further discuss this?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Quick Fact: Morocco has no official organization that regulates and/or governs rock climbing in Morocco.


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rkwan wrote:
Hey, I'm new to the forum and I'm in need of help. A few Peace Corps volunteers and I want to start a camp for the youths of Morocco that focuses on rock climbing. Now we need help figuring out some troubleshoot and I was hoping you guys could help us.

- None of the volunteers are certified via AMGA. We have experience in climbing but we feel the lack of any official document may hinder our goal. Being in Morocco, it makes it very difficult for us to come back to America to get an AMGA-certified SPI training. It's an option I'm looking into but I was wondering if there was a French organization that also provided certifications?
- Although gaining SPI training would be very beneficial, we also want to make this into a self-sustainable project in the future, after we leave. That would, of course, require more certifications and more time than we have. Does anyone know of any certified trainers near Morocco whom we would be able to contact to further discuss this?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Quick Fact: Morocco has no official organization that regulates and/or governs rock climbing in Morocco.

Are you kidding? WTF!!?! The only thing stopping you is you. Just do it.


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Quick Fact: Morocco has no official organization that regulates and/or governs rock climbing in Morocco.

If you are looking for someone to say it's OK, here you go. It's OK.


madrasrock


Oct 13, 2012, 6:20 PM
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I am working on a Spanish SPI translation for a instrcutor training in Cuba, contact me at mountainman@mtjeff.com

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I have no idea how true this is, but I suspect that the vast majority of climbing instructors in the US, at the very least, have little to no official certification. Knowing that Morroco has no laws regulating this, as you've stated, then I don't see why having a cert would make it easier. Maybe it would help if you explained why you think this will make it easier.

I think what's likely most important here is if you can verify your own skills (and your fellow volunteers). If you only have a small amount of experience (this definition can vary greatly), then maybe it's better to reach out to some of the European guide outfits for help. Maybe your best asset isn't the climbing part, but the organizing part. Include climbers who want to be a part of what you're trying to establish and let them take care of the climbing.

Don't know what you're trying to accomplish, but keeping it simple might help you out.

BTW - good on you for your volunteerism and best of luck.


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You might get some interesting input from over on supertopo.com. I know some of them are widely traveled and have climbed and might have connections and ideas. However, I think some tend to be down on official certifications and the bureaucracy they bring. For what it's worth...


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http://www.omanclimbing.com/html/contact_us.html

Closer than the states but still on the other side of a continent. None the less, perhaps these folks can help you.


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