AMC September Member Meeting
So, You wanna go Climb Mt. Rainier?
Wednesday, September 27 , 2023, 7-9 p.m.
The Mt. Rainier summit is at 14, 410’ and is the most glaciated peak in the lower 48. Mt. Rainier is on tick lists for many experienced and novice mountaineers alike and is often a climber’s first mountaineering experience through a guiding service. Climbing Mt. Rainier via any of the several different routes involves approximately 9000’ of elevation gain, and at least 10 miles of hiking and climbing. You’ll need your mountaineering gear and a summit attempt normally takes 2-3 days. Yes, the packs are heavy! In any given year, approximately 50% of summit attempts are successful. Hazards include crossing crevasses and snow bridges, changing weather conditions, and all of the challenges associated with high altitude. All in all, it’s a grand adventure with wonderful views when the conditions are right!
Join AMC members Mitch Doty, Tzenko Nedialkov, and Ann Revill as they take you through the journey of prepping to climb Mt. Rainier via Disappointment Cleaver, the logistics needed to accomplish the climb, and the experience of successfully climbing this iconic peak. Hear about their tips and tricks, as well as a few mishaps along the way. Bring your questions and perhaps they’ll inspire you to add this to your climbing list!
The medium: We'll be meeting via Zoom, so please RSVP, https://www.meetup.com/arizona-mountaineering-club/events/293481767/ to this invitation, you should be able to see the link to join the meeting. If you need to download Zoom, please do that ahead of time at www.zoom.us. (It's free to sign up.) Then you just need to follow the link a few minutes before the event starts. You can use any smartphone, tablet, or computer that has audio and video capabilities. Put this date on your calendar!
AMC Outings & Events
For upcoming events and outings, please see the AMC Meetup Group at https://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mountaineering-Club/.
The Arizona Mountaineering Club has been teaching outdoor rock climbing for over 50 years. As an all-volunteer organization, AMC is able to offer the most comprehensive training at a very low cost to AMC members. For complete course details and the upcoming schedule, please see our Schools page at http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/.
Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing - This rock school is for new climbers or anyone who learned from friends, but wants to fill in knowledge gaps and learn the current Best Practices in rock climbing and self-rescue basics over the course of 4 evenings and 3 all-day weekend sessions.
Anchors - This course is the next step for AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing grads. We will teach you how to safely and efficiently build trad and sport anchors for all aspects of climbing. Combined with the skills learned in the Outdoor Rock Climbing School, you will have the complete skill set required for safe top-rope climbing.
Lead - Is it time to move to the sharp end of the rope? This is an advanced climbing class. All aspects of lead climbing will be addressed with a strong emphasis on multi-pitch trad climbing. Topics include gear (ropes and pro), the dynamics of lead falls, solid gear placement, rope management, anchors, and the mental as well as physical aspects of sport and trad leading. This class is for every competent climber. Even if you do not plan on leading, you will learn and understand the dynamics of lead climbing, and it will make you a more knowledgeable and capable climber and second.
Basic Canyoneering - A recent addition to the AMC training curriculum, this course is intended for those who have never been canyoneering along with those wanting to refresh their understanding of the many core concepts. The basics are a critical starting point for every responsible individual entering the canyons.
Mountaineering - The AMC provides an excellent opportunity to network with fellow members with significant alpine skills and experience. In addition to the opportunity to share and learn with fellow members, the AMC continues to develop partnerships with noted guide services for top-notch professional training and skills development.