ACA Certifies Four New Pro Guides

New ACA Pro Guides. L to R. Andrew, Scott B., Brent, Scott E.


The ACA is pleased to congratulate Brent McCormick, Andrew Jimenez, Scott Embley and Scott Barlow for the successful completion of their ACA Pro Guide Certification.  Each of them arrived in Mexico completely prepared to learn and grow as leaders, and they exceeded our significant expectations, every minute of every day.  We are appreciative of their commitments to safety and excellence!

  • Scott Embley:  Wow.  The first person outside of our own ACA Leader Program to “walk on” to a Pro Guide Assessment….and he did phenomenally.  Technically super solid, his passion for professional training has him well rounded in rope and climbing skills.  Scott’s well established leadership style of guest empowerment is perfect for this discipline and will be greatly appreciated by his clients.  Young, kind and focused….it’s an absolute pleasure to have him in our ACA Circle of Trust, hang on tight Scott, fun stuff ahead!!
  • Brent McCormick:  Brilliant.  His technical ability is well documented and the physical strength matched the mental stamina….no surprise.  I caught a glimpse of his leadership style at the last GLAR and was excited about this assessment.  Result?  He is among the best instructors I have seen, in any discipline.  Unbelievable ability to explain and instruct in a way that breaks things down to its purest, cleanest form.  Consistently shows an openness to let others engage, while maintaining their focus on tasks.  This is not an easy needle to thread, but Brent does it gracefully.  Bravo amigo!!
  • Andrew Jimenez:  Focused.  Andrew has grown since his time with us at Excursions of Escalante!  His abilities to assess canyons, develop routes and address risk mitigation challenges has reached a whole new level.  His time exploring canyons in the NW has served him well, as he hones his skills in this new Class C environment.  Technically he is on a par with our best and his Guiding style is calm, cool and collected….which we love!  His perseverance and passion will lead him to the development of a top rated Canyoneering Guide Service and we look forward to his safe and successful career.
  • Scott Barlow:  Powerful. From my perspective, he is among the most powerful people leading canyons. Both mentally and physically, his ability to move with total ease through canyoneering obstacles encourages confidence and enables others to go beyond their comfort level.  His attention to detail is incredible, very little if anything escapes his focus, before, during, and after the adventure. His management of personalities is a quality that is not easily measured, yet we all know when we are in the presence of an expert.  Scott makes others stronger, with power to spare.

***Special Thank You to Bruce Shapiro and Steve Szoke. Their technical skill and canyon knowledge is incredible, their generosity is legendary. xoxo

Rick Green
ACA President

Assistant Canyon Leader


Howdy Team ACA. Hope this note finds all well. This message is to ensure there is no confusion or ambiguity regarding the change from “CL1″ to “Assistant Canyon Leader” title.  Here’s the short and sweet version of the previous super lengthy blog on the topic:

Why Change It:

The “Canyon Leader 1″ title, was not completely accurate.  At the “CL1″ level of training, we have not provided the skills training and needed to manage group and personal safety adequately.  Nor can we “squeeze it in”. The addition of the word “Assistant” clears this up.

What it Means:

If you have successfully completed the “CL1” Assessment OR are in the Assessment process, the following applies to you:

  • Nothing whatsoever is required of you.
  • The change is in name only.
  • Leadership level skill lists and assessments are the same.
  • Sequencing of training is the same.
  • Duties and responsibilities are unchanged.

What we will be changing:  We are significantly increasing the number of workshops and courses focused on preparation for “Canyon Leader” Assessment.

Questions?  Suggestions?  Please reach out, we are here to serve the whole Community!  More fun ahead:)


Rick Green

ACA President

2022 PHF


2022 PHF

What an extraordinary response to this announcement. It really is devoloping into a very fine and fun event! Based on the enthusiasm, we are going to either expand the numbers of folks able to attend or select a second weekend for PHF ll, 2022. We are looking closely at the numbers plus the calendar and anticipate some good news to report on this very soon. Good stuff!

On a related note, we apologize for the challenges of registering for events. We have been handling payments and registration “in house” for very a long time and this move to Meetup/Paypal has been a little clumsy. It was not for lack of effort but from lack of experience with this process. Amie is trying hard to make it better, sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused.

Rick Green.

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