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AMC Virtual Meeting:

Ashley Saupe- The Sharp End!!

March 24, 2021

Wednesday, 7 p.m.




Sharp End podcast! The first of every month more than 40,000 climbers tune in to latest Sharp End podcast which brings to life stories from the pages of Accidents in North American Climbing, the annual publication of the American Alpine Club (AAC). Saupe interviews the climbers, skiers, and rescuers involved in life-threatening incidents and shares their lessons, helping all of us become safer climbers. You can check out her past podcasts on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play or Stitcher. Join us for a chat about her life and her experience with the podcast. Saupe sent the following invitation to members to tune in:
"I’m Ashley and I started The Sharp End Podcast in November of 2015 because I believe it’s essential to learn from other people’s mistakes. The goal of my show is to minimize future outdoor accidents by way of storytelling. Real people sharing real stories. I believe we all need to shift our way of thinking about accidents and intentionally create a culture that allows people to share their stories, judgment, shame, and guilt-free. It’s easy to be an armchair expert, but it’s not that easy to listen and learn. By doing that, we can all grow into a much stronger outdoor community by learning from each other and supporting one another along the way."

We'll be meeting via Zoom, so you'll need to RSVP to the invitation on MeetUp and make sure your MeetUp settings allow messages. 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.

We'll see you then!

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AMC Schools

Special Notice - The AMC has adopted a policy that prohibits the conduct of any in-person school/training activity until the COVID-19 transmission status in Maricopa County is at the "Moderate" level or better as measured and reported by the AZDHS at

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 disease transmission status of "Substantial" for Maricopa County, the Lead Climbing School  scheduled for February 2021 was cancelled.  The next Lead School is currently planned for September of this year.  The Spring 2021 Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School has been rescheduled for mid-AprilAdditionally, the Anchors School has been pushed to April 30, May 1,2.  The Basic Canyoneering School schedule remains unchanged for April 6, 8, 10.

If you are interested in any of our AMC Schools, please go to the schools page at for more details and current information and detailed instructions to reserve your spot.

AMC Schools

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

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.

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