Level 1 Climbing Assessment Course
This course combines teaching and assessment. It assesses your potential to be a Climbing Guide.
A Climbing Guides Course may include participants at Level 1 and Level 2. Trainers/assessors and Level 2 participants will coach specific guiding methods and techniques. You should use every opportunity to improve your personal mountaineering and learn and practise the guiding skills.
During the second part of the course (usually after the mid-course debrief) you will be expected to show that you have started to develop an understanding of guiding techniques and have sufficient amateur climbing skills to integrate these techniques into simulated guiding assignments.
Weather or delays in the programme may alter the teaching / assessment balance. Allowances will be made for improvement before the final marking and not all topics may be assessed.
Participants may be assessed on any topic of the Climbing Guides’ syllabus at any stage of the course, and will be required to teach and supervise revision sessions and practical exercises.
As an Assistant Climbing Guide, you should be competent to safely guide a client on straightforward ascents.
Teaching and group management skills should be adequate for you to work on climbing instruction courses under indirect supervision.
Your technical climbing and rope skills should be at a very good standard.
On passing a Climbing Guide Level 1 Course and receiving ratification from the Technical Subcommittee, the participant attains the status of NZMGA Assistant Climbing Guide.
- The course will take place in one of the high alpine areas of the Southern Alps. Typical venues are Aoraki/Mt Cook, Westland, Mount Aspiring, and the Darrans.
- Climbing Guides Courses are usually run over 14 days in early December.
TOPIC / POSSIBLE MARK & COMMENTS
|1||Trip preparation and planning||10|
|2||Communication with client||10|
|6||Cooking and camp management||10|
|7||Shelters and bivouacs||10|
|8||Application of guiding technique||20|
|Personal skills and knowledge|
|13||General mountain movement||10|
|14||Fitness and stamina||10|
|15||Professionalism and personal appearance||10|
|17||Reaction under stress||10|
|18||Leadership and decision making||10|
|21||Belays on rock||10|
|22||Snow and ice climbing||20|
|24||Belays on snow and ice||10|
|26||Snow safety skills||20|
|28||Nature and environment||10|
|31||Speech and contact with students||10|
|32||Structure of the lesson||10|
|34||Support material and demonstration||10|
|35||Ability to motivate||10|
|Search and Rescue|
|36||Improvised cliff rescue||10|
|39||Avalanche rescue and transceivers||10|
|Mandatory non-assessment topics|
|These topics must be covered in a discussion format|
|-||Post-traumatic stress disorder|
|-||NZMGA Harassment Policy|
|-||NZMGA Accident Investigation Policy|
|-||NZMGA Terrain, Supervision and Professional Guidelines|
Trainers/assessors will give a written summary with comments and recommendations.
Important information before you attend this course: