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Tina Leaman & Chris Adams present: Intro to Crack Climbing




Free for the public

***IMPORTANT:  Member meeting are open to the public, please help get the word out!  Don't miss out!!*** 


Interested in crack climbing but don’t know where to start? Chris Adams and Tina Leaman will be our presenters at AMC’s monthly meeting on February 26th to talk about the basics of climbing crack. If you’ve ever felt unsure about how best to approach this unique type of climbing, or limited by a lack of technique toward it, you won’t want to miss this discussion!

Tina discovered crack climbing by throwing herself into a course in Indian Creek she wasn’t ready for — and unlike the frustration she often felt with the struggles of face climbing, became intrigued by the type of challenge presented. A victim to overthinking, she loved the level of complexity involved in maximizing the efficiency of a jam. She took another class to learn the ways of the crack, this time in Vedauwoo, Wyoming, and after another year of practice with the techniques, she was back to try her hand (and foot) once again in the unforgiving splitters at Indian Creek with yet another workshop. A patient fan of details, Tina revels in the intricacies involved in effectively jamming a crack. She’s excited to have the opportunity to share that which made her truly fall in love with climbing.

Chris was first exposed to pure crack climbing in Indian Creek Utah at Splitter Camp in 2016. He attended 2 more times before finally being “kicked out” to begin his crack climbing journey in earnest. Chris views crack climbing technique as a puzzle to be solved, and revels in practicing the intricacies of the art.

Don’t miss out! Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 26, 7 - 9 p.m.

Granite Reef Senior Center
1700 N. Granite Reef Road · Scottsdale, AZ

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