CMRCA Apprentice Guide Course

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CMRCA Apprentice Guide Program

The apprentice guide program consists of a  2 day course and  a 1 day assessment to prepare you for more advanced work on CMRCA programming

CMRCA Apprentice Guide Course

The 2 day course is designed for experienced climbers or beginner guides.  You will venture into the world of teaching lead climbing and belaying learning how to set up routes and clean anchors for climbing programs as well as further develop your instructional techniques.

  • Lead Belaying
  • Lead Climbing
  • Cleaning Anchors
  • Rappelling with hand free backup
  • EARNESTA Anchors on fixed protection
  • Advanced knots and hitches
  • Teaching
Pre- Requisites
  • CMRCA Assistant Guide or equivalent experience
  • 1 year outdoor climbing experience
  • 120 days guiding or equivalent experience
  • Climbing Resume
  • Minimum of 50 routes in 2 or more different geographical areas
  • Minimum of 10 routes, 6a or above
  • Minimum of 40 routes, 6a or below

CMRCA Apprentice Guide Assessment

On the last day of the course you will be assessed on the course skills and by passing you will be able to co teach on more advanced CMRCA climbing programs.  You will then be one step closer to becoming an independent CMRCA Guide.

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CMRCA is the best!

I can say that going out to Crazy Horse Was by far one of the highlights of my trip. Ooan was a spectacular guide! We felt safe the entire time. He was knowledgeable and helpful. The Caving was beautiful, challenging(in a good way), and so much fun! I would highly recommend this company and the services they provide!

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Safe, professional and fun

Completed the multi-pitch intro with CMRCA at Crazy Horse and had a great time. My instructor, Add Konsingh was excellent at explaining the techniques and giving professional tips on anchors. I learned a lot in a couple of days and had a lot of fun in the process. Crazy Horse is a great location to do a climbing course and CMRCA have great guides.

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Intro to Caving was great!

My friend and I (two Americans in our early 30s) took the Intro to Caving class, and it was great. Our group was only three travelers and two guides, Ooan and Bo. Ooan and Bo were very professional and overall very nice guys with a lot of patience. The three of us felt very safe knowing that we were in good hands with the guides and the equipment. What a cool thing to do while in Chiang Mai! The cave was amazing! There a few climbs/repels/walks at the beginning of the cave before the big drop into the main part, which was quite a ways down! (You need to save your energy for the way back up!) Once in the main part of the cave, we ate lunch and took our time exploring the different formations – our adventurous buddy from Germany took a walk with one of the guides through some water to a different part of the cave where she saw millipedes and interesting spiders. Learning and using the equipment was a lot of fun. Be prepared to get a massage afterwards!

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Safe, highly trained, lead climbing experience

I had two days of private guiding and instruction for lead and multi-pitch climbing. I have done it before, but not often enough to feel comfortable going on my own. My guide, Gee, was very thorough and knowledgeable about mountaineering and multi-pitch climbing. He was very safe and he executed proper technique with his anchor and rope settings. While this group costs more than the competitors group, I was able to observe Gee’s technique against the other outfits guides and Gee was much safer and practiced under the Colorado Mountain School (US) standards. On the final day, I was able to complete a 4 pitch climb to the top of Crazy Horse. It was a great two days and I recommend this to those who want to climb and to improve their skills. Thanks CMRCA and Gee!

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A truly amazing experience. The highlight of my trip!!!!

CMRCA is soooooo welcoming, friendly, helpful, and soooooo knowledgeable and professional and fun!!! I am sooooo glad that I did two courses with them!!! Best money and time spent. Kinda sad when my courses were over. But even when they were over, everyone were still so glad to help me in other areas of my trip. Helped me set up an elephant tour, advice on where to eat and drink, and other things to do. They are soooo wonderful!!! And the guides work so well together and are so professional and knowledgeable. What a team; what a climbing family!!! So glad to have been a small part of it.

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