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AMC January Member Meeting:

featuring Michelle LeBlanc of the Valdez Adventure Alliance... and Board Elections


January 26, 2021

Wednesday, 7 p.m.


Alaska! The Adventure Capital; The Last Frontier.

This month, we welcome Michelle LeBlanc from the non-profit Valdez Adventure Alliance, based in one of the most beautiful small towns in Alaska. Among many other activities, the VAA organizes both the Valdez Ice Climbing Festival and the Valdez Fat Bike Bash. The Valdez Ice Climbing Festival unofficially began around 1983 and still lives on today.

Michelle will tell the story of the Valdez Adventure Alliance through the lens of some of the climbers in the area and the ice climbing festival. She will share adventure stories and tales of mountain rescue and educate us on ice stewardship and more!!

This meeting also includes the AMC Board Elections for 2022, with four officer positions and three director-at-large positions on the ballot. If you are interested in running, nominations are due by Jan. 10, 2022 and should be directed to Elections Chair Tim Rogers at The election will be conducted via email, with ballots sent in advance to all current AMC members. The results will be announced at this meeting.

Bonus! Every paid AMC member who attends this meeting and votes will be entered into a drawing to win a new Blue Water 60M, climbing rope!

The medium: We'll be meeting via Zoom, so once you RSVP on the AMC MeetUp page to this invitation, you should be able to see the link to join the meeting. 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. You can use any smartphone, tablet, or computer that has audio and video capabilities.

Come and join us! We look forward to seeing you there!


AMC Outings & Events

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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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