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PCGI Climbing Guide Certification Assessment

Quick Details

Start time: 9 a.m.

Duration: 2 hours per each aspirant.

Location: The course will take place near Whitefish, MT at the Stryker climbing area.

Directions: For directions click HERE

Climber Ages 18+

About the Assessment

This exam will test the aspiring guide’s knowledge of the material presented in the TRG (top rope guide) course. The exam will consist of a number of in the field skill assessments from building anchors to group handling to rescue scenarios. A passing grade is required to attain the PCGI TRG certification.

Suggested gear list:
The following gear list is by no means prescriptive, only a recommendation

  • Climbing harness with belay loop
  • Climbing helmet
  • Standard free climbing rack, which should include a set of wired nuts, camming units, and other optional trad gear such as tri-cams, hexes, etc.
  • 10-12 shoulder-length runners with carabiners
  • 50-60-meter climbing rope
  • Sticky rubber approach shoes
  • Climbing shoes comfortable enough to wear all day in hot conditions
  • Five Pear shaped large locking carabiners
  • Two 18-21 foot long 7mm nylon cords (cordalette)
  • Belay device (Gri-Gri, Reverso, ATC Guide)
  • 100 ft. of 9 – 10 mm static line for extending anchors


The course will take place near Whitefish, MT at Stryker.