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New Online Event:

Building a Trad Rack with Chris Adams

July 22 at 7 p.m.

Join us for a new BYOB skills clinic! Topic: What’s in your rack?

Are you new to trad climbing? Maybe you’re an experienced pebble-wrestler looking to send something taller than a Volkswagen. Maybe you’re a sport aficionado who’s tired of yelling “Venga!” on that overhanging limestone pumpfest.

Whatever the case, if you’re looking to get away from the “big show” and head to the unbolted hills where there’s nothing but the sweet call of birdsong, the rustle of wind in the trees, and the cacophonous cow-bell clank of the hexes on your hip, then this discussion is for you.

Join recovering (or so he claims) gear-head Chris Adams for a talk about building your first trad rack. We’ll discuss both passive and active protection, as well as talk about harnesses, slings and extensions, doodads and doohickeys, reading route beta, and how many #8 cams you’re going to need to send that sweet, sweet off-width... (hint: it’s ALL OF THEM!)

So grab a drink, put on your comfy clothes, and be ready to hit the “purchase” button on your online shopping cart as we dive into the wonderful world of trad gear!

The featured speaker: Chris is an avid trad climber, AMC multi-pitch outing leader, and AMC Outings and Classifications Chair. Among other things.
The medium: We'll be meeting via Zoom, so you'll need to RSVP via MeetUp and make sure your MeetUp settings allow messages. We'll email the meeting link and password in advance of the meeting. If you've somehow gotten this far into the pandemic without downloading 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 and enter the password a few minutes before the event starts.

When: Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m.

Who: Free to current AMC members

Where: Wherever you are!

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AMC Schools

Special Notice - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance with public health guidelines, the Spring 2020 Rock and Canyoneering Schools were cancelled.   At this time, the Fall 2020 Schools are still scheduled and accepting enrollment.  However, due to the uncertainty of the future public health situation, it is possible that one or more of these schools will need to be cancelled/rescheduled.  If you plan to participate in Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing, Anchors, Canyoneering or Lead School, given that they can go on as scheduled, please go to the schools page at http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/ and follow instructions to reserve your spot.

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/.

 

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 http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/.

Mountaineering - Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue.  This a classic annual weekend training session teaching the basics in mountaineering, including ice ax arrest, anchors, glacier travel, and crevasse rescue.  This is a must-do for anyone planning to enter the alpine world.

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 lead belayer.

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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