“The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve.
Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. The best test is: do those served grow
as persons. Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous,
more likely themselves to become servants? And, what is the effect on the least privileged in
society; will they benefit, or, at least, not be further deprived?”
- The Servant as Leader, Robert K. Greenleaf 1970
Single Pitch Rock Instructor
The Single Pitch Rock Instructor course targets the skills required to run institutional-quality top-rope sites. This course, in partnership with the American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) can be taken as a certification course for the AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course. Participants will gain knowledge in instruction and guiding techniques in the following areas:
- Site selection and preparation
- Group management
- Belay instruction
- Climbing instruction
- Facilitating trust and teamwork
- Natural and artificial anchors
- Equalization and extension of anchors
- Self and partner rescue
This course is taught in the Gunnison Valley at local crags such as Hartman Rocks and Taylor Canyon. Participants will spend nights in front country camp sites therefore luxuries such as camp chairs and camp fires can be expected.
Alpine Mountaineering Instructor
This course will take you high into the Rocky Mountains where you will be challenged in becoming a competent instructor able to identify hazards and make good decisions in an alpine environment. Participants will gain knowledge in instruction and guiding techniques in the following areas:
- General mountaineering (navigation, route finding, time management, etc.)
- Snow camping/camp craft
- Use of alpine equipment and tools
- Efficiency in anchors and belays
- Proper rope and client management
- Class 3 & 4 snow & alpine rock climbing
- Rope team/glacier travel
- Fixed line use
- Multi-pitch technique with multiple clients
This course is taught in a purely backcountry setting and participants should be prepared for early summer high alpine weather and temperatures.
Multi-Pitch Rock Instructor
This course will take you deep into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park where you will gain knowledge in instruction and guiding techniques in the following areas:
- Route selection
- Belay anchors
- Running protection
- Group management
- Lead climbing
- Speed and efficiency
- Safety and rescue
Participants in the Multi-Pitch Rock Instructor course will need to lead traditionally protected climbs at a 5.9 level on a variety of rock types and at a wide range of crags. This course has both front country and backcountry components. Participants should be prepared for early summer mountain weather and conditions.
Participates should choose a course based upon on a skill area where they have some experience. This program is designed to help participants develop their skills as an instructor or guide and is not meant as an introductory course. Applicants should have a solid base of skills in their discipline of choice. All courses are 7 days in length.
The Summit provides the opportunity for participants to be evaluated as instructors and guides in one of three areas; 3rd and 4th class alpine mountaineering (glacier skills not included), 5th class multi-pitch rock (5.11, Grade IV), or top rope rock at either a student or professional level. The professional level evaluation is equivalent to the objectives and standards of well-known professional mountain guide associations. The student level is specifically designed for instructors of university-based outings programs who will work under the close supervision of a professional director. The Summit is not a certification course and there is no “pass/fail” assessment, however, this program is highly evaluative and participants will leave with concrete feedback on their performance. This program is designed to train leaders at a very high standard, thus making people ready to lead others in technical environments while still embracing the transformative aspects of outdoor pursuits and group interactions.
In 1970, retired AT&T executive Robert K Greenleaf (1904-1990) coined the term servant-leadership with the above definition and launched a quiet revolution in the way that we view and practice leadership. Four decades later the concept of servant-leadership is increasingly viewed as an ideal leadership form which untold numbers of people and organizations aspire to achieve. Servant-leadership seeks to involve others in decision making, and is strongly based in ethical and caring behavior. The words servant and leader are usually thought of as opposites. In deliberately bringing those words together in a meaningful way, Robert Greenleaf gave birth to the paradoxical term “servant leadership". Servant Leadership is the central theme of the Summit. The Summit begins with a servant leadership workshop on the Western State College campus and ends with a closing banquet and keynote address on servant leadership. More on Servant Leadership:
Jim Davidson - 2013 Keynote Speaker
Jim Davidson is a climber, author and international speaker who shares stories and lessons distilled from 31 years of mountain adventures. As a high-altitude mountaineer and expedition leader, Jim has scaled peaks in Alaska, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nepal and Tibet, including the sixth highest peak in the world, Cho Oyu, at 26,906 feet.
Jim's epic survival and the wisdom he learned are shared in his national best-selling memoir, "The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival" (co-authored with Kevin Vaughan, Random House/Ballantine Books). The Ledge won the National Outdoor Book Award for Outdoor Literature and was selected one of the Best Books of 2011 by Amazon.
His story has also been shared internationally through a TV episode of "I Shouldn't Be Alive" (Discovery Channel/Animal Planet). From Fort Collins, Colorado Jim operates Speaking of Adventure (www.speakingofadventure.com).
Resilience & Servant Leadership - Summit Keynote Address The Ledge
After completing a difficult ice climb up Mount Rainier's Liberty Ridge, two Colorado climbers began their descent. As Jim Davidson and Mike Price threaded their way down a treacherous glacier, a hidden snow bridge collapsed out from underneath them and dropped them both 80 feet into a dark glacial crevasse. Jim survived the huge fall. Mike did not. Jim was stranded alone on a small snow ledge, deep inside the glacier. Injured and devastated by the loss of his friend, Jim struggled to rally his resilience so that he could find a way through this incredible challenge.
This special presentation will distill insights about how resilience and servant leadership empower us to solve big problems and to enhance our world.
Note: Copies of "The Ledge" will be offered for sale at the presentation, and Jim will be available to sign them.