Day hiking on Class I to IV terrain in a non-winter environment. This is an entry level course.
This 2 day/18 hour (not an overnight) program is designed for guides who operate on terrain up to Class IV. The HGC does not cover travel on terrain above Class IV, snow covered or glaciated environments.
The training includes, but is not limited to, client and pace management, stewardship and access issues, permit processes, special needs clients, guides pack construction and use, class IV negotiating and physical conditioning.
Multi-day travel on Class I to IV terrain in a non-winter environment. This is an entry level course.
The Backpacking Guide program is for guides operating for overnights or multiple days on Class I to IV terrain in a non-winter environment on non-glaciated terrain. This is the first stage in becoming a Mountain Leader. After registering into this program you will be issued a logbook where you must log 40 "mountain days" before enrolling in a course. This course is 4 to 5 days, depending upon the providers format but is a minimum of 65 hours and includes one overnight trip.
Single day or multi-day travel on Class I to IV non-permanent or permanent snow covered terrain in winter environments (non-glaciated).
This 3 day course is for guides operating in winter environments. This course covers snow travel on Class I to IV terrain and ice travel on Class I to III terrain. All of the equipment used to negotiate this terrain with clients or groups will be instructed during this course. Some course content includes (but is not limited to) fixed lines, traction methods, avalanche awareness, roped travel, axe & crampon use and much more.
Each program has an assessment that must be taken to gain certification. Course completion does not grant a certification. Below is all of the assessment information.
4 hour assessment. This can be conducted after your course with proper notification to the course provider and instructor. This is a "hands-on" examination of your skills.
2 day/overnight assessment. This assessment is conducted during an overnight backpacking trip in a designated location with active clients. You will be assessed by two instructors while you guide your clients on a 2 day trip.
2 day/overnight assessment in a winter environment. This assessment is conducted during an overnight winter mountaineering trip in a designated location with active clients. You will be assessed by two instructors while you guide your clients on a 2 day trip on varying terrain.