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Lindsey Hamm- A woman on a mission!

June 23, 2021

Wednesday, 7 p.m.

In general, mountaineering is a male-dominated field, only 12 out of the 133 IFGMA-certified guides in the USA are female. To put things into further perspective, of the 7000 IFMGA guides worldwide, only 1.5 per cent are women – that’s just over 100. It’s a grueling process, but earning this revered mountaineering title means as a guide Lindsey Hamm will have more job opportunities, higher pay and a chance to inspire other hopeful female mountaineers and climbers. It takes a long, long time to become an IFMGA guide, but that’s the gold standard that Hamm is shooting for.

Hamm has guided and recreationally climbed all around Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Washington, Alaska, and California, India and China. She began climbing in 2013 and was award the 2016 GORE-TEX Scholarship for an AMGA course, the Rock Guide Discipline from ARC’TERYX and the 2019 American Alpine Club McNeil-Knott Grant to go back to India to finish out a route in Zanskar, India. She was in India for a month attempting to put up a First Ascents with her climbing partner. They were successful putting up a few towers (Tower One, WI3, M3, 5.9 R), trying to attempt an epic traverse but got shut down by weather. Due to Covid she has not been able to go back to finish this route out.

Join us to learn why Hamm want to be one of the first 100 women in the world to get fully certified and what it takes to become an IFMGA guide; the process, the dedication, struggles, the failures and success and staying the course.

The medium: We'll be meeting via Zoom, so once you RSVP 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 (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!

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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.

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