The training is over.
American Mountain Guide Association. AMGA exams are multi-day, "practical" exams where one candidate guides another candidate and an examiner on a climb or ski to demonstrate competentcy. In this instance, we'll have five days to "get your guide-on."
I've been here for several weeks warming up on the sandstone of Red Rocks, which I quickly realized I haven't climbed on since I took my Advanced Rock Guide Course in 2005! Unless you routinely pull down on southwest sandstone a refresher is certainly necessary. Many of the crimps and edges are a result of patina flakes that just don't look solid. Especially after four years of climbing almost exclusively on rock-solid, cut and cracked granite! So it certainly took me a few days to start trusting the "snappy" looking flakes.