Ice Top Rope Site Manager

The Ice Top Rope Site Manager certification is designed for people wishing to teach autonomous top-rope climbing activities, at any site where safe top-rope set up is accessible by any other means than ice lead or solo climbing. If those conditions are not met, the Ice Initiator will have to assist an Ice Instructor for setting up the top-ropes. This certification is not specific to a particular site; its holder will be allowed to work at any site. Additionally, the top-ropes must be limited to 25 meters (80 ft) in height.

Training Organization
To be eligible for the Ice Top Rope Site Manager course, the candidate will need to have done the General Theory Course (GTC). Three days of technical and pedagogical training are organized for top-rope climbing. A technical exam is organized prior to the training in order to assess and verify the technical level and knowledge of the candidates. Those who do not meet the requirements will not be allowed to participate in the course.

Successful completion of this course certifies the participant for teaching individuals or groups in recreational climbing activities involving autonomous top-rope climbing.

Criteria for admission and required technical level
Age: 18 years
GTC: Has completed the General Theory Course (GTC)
Experience: Has at least two seasons of ice climbing as a recreational ice climber
Gear: Has own gear and is familiar with its use
Assessment Exam: Has passed the assessment exam (climbing, belaying, top-rope set up on screws, natural and bolted anchors)

Technical level:
The candidate must be able to climb routes up to WI 3+ on 25m (80 ft) top-rope efficiently and comfortably. The routes must be done on-sight and without falling or pulling on the rope. The candidate will also be judged on his/her ability to belay safely according to the ENEQ/UIAA standards and with different belay systems (ATC, Reverso, GriGri, etc.).
Note: It is advisable to have a strong WI 3+ climbing level. The candidates who are at their limit might be refused. Candidates should have a very good knowledge of all the safety aspects of top-rope climbing, efficient top-rope set up on natural and bolted anchors, rope management, and belaying.

Mastery the following techniques

  • Top-rope station installation on screws, fixed and natural anchors
  • Single-pitch rappel
  • Fixed line installation
  • Disengagement of the belay system
  • Climbing techniques
  • Self-rescue systems on single-pitch routes

These techniques must be mastered in order to be able to teach them. Different methods are used for each technique. The candidate must know at least one method per requested technique and perform it according to the minimum ENEQ/UIAA safety standard.

Training Assessment
The assessment is based on four criteria:
1. Formative evaluation: the candidate is assessed during the training based on his interest and participation in the course activities
2. Lesson plan: the candidate is assessed on the lesson plan he will have to create during the course
3. Theory exam: the candidate is assessed on a theory exam he will take at the end of the course
4. Teaching exam: the candidate is assessed on a sample lesson he will teach at the end of the training

Course duration
Six non-consecutive days
GTC: 2 days
Entry Exam: 1 day
Specific Training Course/Assessment: 3 days

Validity of the certification
Three years, renewable with a one day recertififcation course