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AMGA Rock Instructor Course
The RIC is the standard course for all guides who will operate in mulit-pitch terrain. It is also the base course for all those looking to continue down the guide certification path.

The RIC is a 10-day program that we offer with the AMGA. It provides climbing instructors with international level of necessary skills to train with and implement to become professional guides and work toward their certification.

Skills taught and developed during the Rock Instructor Course:
* Client orientation and preparation
* Equipment and protection selection
* Time and pace management
* Alternate descending techniques
* Improvised non-mechanical ascending
* Anchor construction
* Choosing appropriate belay methods and stances
* Multi-pitch station management
* Rappelling and lowering with clients
* Multiple client guiding
* Short roping and short pitching techniques
* Belay escapes
* Performing improvised ascending methods
* Raising systems for guiding
* Hazard recognition and risk management
* Guide

for info and signup, contact: Alpine Endeavors

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All climbers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts should take a wilderness first aid course or higher. You should also keep those skills fresh by attending a course or refresher every few years. You owe it to your partners you venture outdoors with!

Wilderness First Aid/WFR Recert*
Accidents can and do happen on ropes courses, along country roads, or in the backcountry, and all too often members of a group are not capable of dealing with the emergency. Not only does this lead to improper care of the patient, but it also endangers the entire group.

Studies have shown that many recreational accidents are preventable, and that improper care of trauma can compound even the simplest of injuries. Through our involvement in emergency medicine and rescue efforts, we at SOLO feel there is a need for training for all outdoorspeople – training which stresses preparedness and prevention; training which encompasses all phases of off-road emergencies; training which focuses on extended care issues in prolonged transport situations. Very few first aid programs actually address the issues of providing emergency care in a rural, wilderness, or extended care setting.

This is SOLO’s twenty-seventh year offering its workshops in Wilderness First Aid. Designed specifically for groups and their leaders, this 16-hour program covers topics ranging from preparation and prevention to assessment and treatment. All SOLO instructors are experienced rescue personnel with extensive outdoor experience and have been selected not only for their expertise in emergency medicine and rescue, but also for their teaching skills.

Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by practical work and problem-solving exercises. The emphasis is always on hands-on experience. Scenarios are an important part of this training.

for more info or to reserve a spot, contact: Alpine Endeavors

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Stop by in the morning to take out some rock shoes from La Sportiva and Five Ten, running shoes from Inov-8, and harnesses from Petzl. Free of charge. Participants will receive a coupon for 15% a pair of climbing shoes, running shoes, or harness to be used any time in May.

Rock & Snow, Main Street, New Paltz

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Dust off that old climbing gear (well, just so it looks salable) and sell or swap it at R&S’s swapmeet.

6pm, Rock & Snow

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Olaf Soot (sorry, don’t know the code for umlauts) and Don Mellor will present slides and stories from their book, Alpine Americas. This presentation will feature the first section of the book, The Far North, which deals with Arctic exploration. Don’t miss this one.

Rock & Snow

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