Single Pitch Canyon Guide

Single Pitch Canyon Guide

  • WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?
  • PREREQUISITES
  • COURSE OUTCOME
  • COURSE DURATION
  • WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
  • COST
  • Instructors wishing to guide in non technical canyons up to grade 3As
  • Required:
    A Canyon log book with at least 10 personal canyons, 2 of which should be rated grade 3/4  and 20 guide days

    First Aid certification
    Swift Water Rescue certification
    Highly advisable:  Technical Canyon course
  • Single Pitch Canyon Guide Award on successful completion
  • 3 days
  • All specialist equipment provided
  • £200

Canyoning Single Pitch Guide Assessment

The UKCG Single Pitch guide assessment is aimed at people who want to guide in non technical canyons up-to grade 3A.s

It is also aimed to allow Pro guides to use SP guides as competent seconds.

Overview:

This Guide assessment is taken over 3 days.

Day 1 would be spent doing personal skills on a crag and lectures on day 2 the guide would be expected to guide a group through a canyon within this remit and show personal skills for the other half in this environment.

Core Syllabus:

Rope and Equipment Care:
  • Understand and apply good rope care practices
  • Coil rope; alpine coil, canyon coil
  • Stuff and use rope bag
  • Understand and apply good equipment care practices
Knots:
  • Figure eight knot; on a bight, rethreaded
  • Tape Knot in webbing
  • Create prusik loop with cord using double fisherman.
  • Connect two load-bearing ropes for rappelling (e.g. double fisherman bend, rethreaded figure eight, square fisherman bend, overhand knot)
  • Bowline knot; double bowline, bowline on a coil
  • Clove hitch
  • Larks foot
  • Münter hitch; improvised lower, belay or rappel
  • Mule hitch; load releasing
  • Safety back-up knot (e.g. overhand, fisherman)
  • In-line loop (e.g. butterfly knot, directional figure eight)
  • Friction hitches (e.g. prusik, klemheist, bachman, hedden
Anchors:
  • Understand and apply good principles of anchor location;
  • DEAR (Dry, Efficient, Accessible, Rope Retrieval)
  • Understand and apply good principles of anchor construction; EARNEST (Equalized, Angle, Redundant, No Extension, Solid, Timely)
  • Evaluate and rig single-point natural anchors
  • Bowline knot; double bowline, bowline on a coil
  • Evaluate and rig multi-point natural anchors
  • Evaluate and rig existing fixed artificial anchors
  • Sequence marginal anchor
Rigging:
  • Set up and use blocked rope system (e.g. carabiner block)
  • Set up and use releasable rope system (aka contingency anchor)
  • Lower a person
  • Set up and use top-rope belay system
  • Set up and use system to extend tie-in point for top-rope belay system (e.g. Australian system with alpine butterfly)
  • Set up and use edge protection
  • Set up and use system to change rope abrasion point (e.g. double-rope münter/mule, Shunt, Gri-Gri)
  • Rig system to isolate rope strands (e.g. stone knot)
Climbing, Belaying, Hand Lines:
  • Spot a climber, down-climber
  • Belay a climber, down-climber
  • Set up and use retrievable hand lines
Rappelling:
  • Rappel; control speed, brake
  • Rig rappelling device for correct friction on 8mm to 11 mm ropes, single and double strand
  • Add friction while rappelling
  • Lock off while rappelling using leg wrap
  • Lock off rappel device while rappelling
  • Provide bottom belay for rappeller
  • Understand pros and cons of using self-belay (e.g. auto-block); rig and use
Self Rescue:
  • Use rope grab (friction hitch or mechanical ascender) and foot loop to free stuck gear
Swimming, Jumping, Sliding:
  • Swim with gear (minimum 20 yards)
  • Jumping; identify hazards, outside boil line, body position
  • Water slides; body position
Logistics:
  • Read contour lines on topographic map;
  • Identify terrain features (hills, saddles, ridges, drainages),
  • Determine relative steepness of grade,
  • Identify potential high ground and escape routes
  • Identifying relative size of watershed using topo map
  • Orient map with compass and terrain
  • Evaluate weather forecast; temperature, relative humidity, high/low pressure systems, warm front vs cold front
  • Differentiate between cloud types; cumulus, stratus
  • Describe variables that contribute to flash flood risk
  • Describe flash flood warning signs
  • Describe appropriate responses to an impending flash flood
  • Understand UKCG Canyon Rating System
  • Possess suitable gear for canyons rated up to 3B

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