AMGA shout-out: Several of my recent climbers have mentioned that, in choosing to connect with me, the AMGA credentials were an important factor. It is heartening to see the AMGA brand gaining visibility and the US climbing community recognizing the value that skilled instruction and guiding can add to their climbing experiences.
Often, people comment that they like climbing with guides because they feel it is safer. It is also worth considering that it will make both your current climbing day—and future ones—more enjoyable, by exposing you to techniques that improve your efficiency and elegance.
For example, today, after tackling 3 single pitch routes to cover technique, we went up to get on our selected (3-pitch) climb. A party was at the base, so we rerouted to a nearby 4-pitch. We climbed it, covering multi-pitch management techniques along the way, topped out, and walked down. After a leisurely lunch, we headed up the 3-pitch route, catching up with the recreational party on Pitch 3.
All of this is, of course, a bit of a brag—or a lot of it—but I feel it is more a brag about AMGA training than about my skill. Other Certified Guides who have been through the AMGA training and examination process practice similar techniques and could easily do the same, helping recreational climbers learn the skills to turn there 3-pitch frustration-fests into 10 (plus) pitch pleasure cruises.
Satisfying to see that more and more recreational climbers are recognizing this—congrats to the AMGA and the guides that represent it!
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