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About the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)

For over 30 years, the AMGA has been the leading national training organization for rock, alpine and ski mountaineering guides and instructors. Their primary goal is to raise the technical and professional standards of climbing instruction in the United States to a world class level.

The AMGA seeks high standards of professionalism in the rock climbing guide industry, and offers training courses and exams designed to certify rock climbing instructors and rock climbing guides to internationally recognized standards.

Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing School Director Bob Gaines is an AMGA Certified Rock Instructor (since 1995) and is an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Program Provider. Bob teaches the AMGA SPI Course at Joshua Tree National Park and is also an examiner for the AMGA SPI Assessment.

American Mountain Guides Association
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor

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