Rock Climbing: The AMGA Single Pitch Manual is intended to serve as a textbook for past and future participants of the AMGA SPI program. The book builds upon Bob Gaines' book, Toproping, to more specifically address the needs of the professional cilmbing instructor and advanced recreational climbers. It presents the most current, internationally recognized standards for technical climbing systems used in single pitch rock terrain. Included are chapters on effective teaching in the outdoor environment, risk management, professionalism, environmental awareness, and rescue.
The AMGA Single Pitch Manual is highly recommended reading for all students taking American Alpine Institute's Single Pitch Instructor Course.
About the Authors
Bob Gaines has been a professional rock climbing guide since 1983 and is the owner of Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing School, voted the top rock climbing school in America by Outside magazine. Bob has worked extensively in the film business as a climbing stunt coordinator. He was Sylvester Stallone’s climbing instructor for Cliffhanger and doubled for William Shatner in Star Trek V, as Captain Kirk free-soloing on El Capitan.
Jason D. Martin
is a writer, and a senior climbing guide at the American Alpine Institute. He has guided in Red Rock Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, the Cascades, the Sierra, the Alaska Range, in Canada's Coast Range and in the Andes of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. Jason is an AMGA Certified Rock Guide and an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor program provider. In addition to working as a guide, Jason is a playwright, film critic and outdoor adventure writer. He co-authored Washington Ice: A Climbing Guide
and authored Fun Climbs Red Rocks: Topropes and Moderates