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Belay Devices with David Sampson

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Hello AMC members! Since we still can't get together as a group, let's get together in cyberspace!

We've got another great virtual event coming up, with the one and only David Sampson. Topic: Belay Devices.

Even if you aren't climbing right now, you'll be out there again someday (Keep the faith!) and you'll want to know this stuff.

So, let's talk climbing gear! Specifically, let's talk belay/rappel devices because there are many different styles and they've had an interesting evolution through the decades.

Longtime climber, route developer, and former AMC president David Sampson will demonstrate a variety of different belay and rappel devices—some ancient and some new—to give us all a more rounded perspective of the history and technological advancement of climbing gear.

So grab your drink of choice and join us for a virtual get-together. Got questions about which belay device is best for a given scenario? Bring that, too!

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: Thursday, July 2, 7 p.m.

Who: Free to current AMC members

Where: Wherever you are!

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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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