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Successful examinees receive new mountain guide certification

Successful examinees receive new mountain guide certification

The first nationally certified mountain guides received their certificates yesterday after passing an examination jointly organized by the Cabinet-level National Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Republic of China Alpine Association. There were 168 recipients at yesterday's certificate awarding ceremony.
According to research conducted by the NCPFS in 2002, hikers and mountain climbers make up 24 percent of all outdoor-activity enthusiasts in Taiwan.
Under the new Certificate-awarding Method for High Mountain Guides promulgated by the NCPFS in 2002, mountain guides are categorized into three levels based on their professional abilities - the hiking guide, the climbing guide and the alpine guide.
Those who qualify as hiking guides, the lowest level of certification, are permitted to guide regular hikers on mountain range ridge trails, and on exploration trips on mountains classified as intermediate for hikers.
Climbing guides are eligible to act as technical guides in climbing and river tracing, and can also perform the duties stipulated for hiking guides.
Top-class alpine guides are certified as able to guide ice climbers and can also function as guides for the full spectrum of the level 1 and level 2 activities.
The certificates issued to about 6,000 mountain guides under the old regulation will expire by the end of the year. There were 299 qualified applicants who took the certification exam for hiking guides, while only eight qualified to take the exam for climbing guides. The examinations, held in November, tested the participants' mountaineering knowledge and technical ability. Of the 168 new certified guides, 165 were in the hiking level and three in the climbing level.
Under old regulations, people who had climbed 15 mountains with elevations of over 3,000 meters or who had climbed 15 of Taiwan's "top 100 peaks" were eligible to apply for a "high mountain guide" certificate.
Hsieh Chang-hsien, the chairman of the ROC Alpine Association, said yesterday marked the first time that the country's mountaineering circles awarded certifications to mountain guides. He said he believed that people in Taiwan will have high expectations for the mountain guides who are certified in the new process. He urged the mountaineering circles to look positively at this new certification system for mountain guides, adding that a solid system would bring more safety to mountain lovers and create a better mountain climbing environment.


Updated : 2021-06-14 14:26 GMT+08:00