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Damon Williams presents:

Fitness for Climbing

September 22, 2021

Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Does your fitness level let you down when tackling that climbing project you’ve been working on for months? Do you want to reach the next level in climbing performance by improving your fitness? If so, this session is for you.

With 40 years of climbing experience, nationally and internationally, Damon Williams knows what fitness tools it takes to master the more challenging climbs and boulder problems. Having honed his climbing skills right here in Arizona, Damon is a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) with a specialty in Corrective Exercise, and a Registered Yoga Teacher by the Yoga Alliance.

This session focuses on the upper extremities, their role and importance in overall climbing performance. From the fingertips to the shoulders, Damon will give pointers on strength development, training techniques, injury prevention and injury rehabilitation. Come learn how increased understanding of the importance and care of the upper extremities can help you realize your climbing dreams.

The medium: We'll be meeting via Zoom, so once you sign up via MeetUp, you'll have access to the link.

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AMC Schools

Special Notice - Due to the status of COVID-19 transmission in Maricopa County as of September, 2021, the class size for the Fall Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School will be limited to 20 students and all sessions will be conducted on-line or outdoors, eliminating all normal in-door activities.

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

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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