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AMC Member Meeting

Dustin Portzline presents

Steep Walls, Cold Feet

Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 7-9 p.m.

From a climbing perspective, this stunning peak is best described in the words of American Doug Tompkins, who after a successful ascent in 1968 commented “Fitz Roy was the peak to climb, the terrible Cerro Torre one to have climbed”. This short description of the very diverse character of the mountains in this area still holds true today. Fitz Roy provides some of the most enjoyable and high quality climbing to be found anywhere in the mountains. Its steep golden walls offer clean and mostly ice-free rock, perfect for free climbing, without the added difficulties of the snow mushrooms that cap the Cerro Torre group.

 Dustin Portzline’s presentation will share about two trips he and his partners made travelling south, succeeding and failing on numerous attempts on the Fitz Roy and Torre massifs in Patagonia.

Portzline will also discusses the virtues of the Gunks as a playground and home base, and shows how valuable the Northeast can be as a training ground for alpinism abroad. There's stories of perfect splitters, shivering through bivouacs and that infamous wind.

Dustin is a climbing guide and instructor based in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York. His company "Advanced Rockcraft" is dedicated to human flourishing, changing perspectives, and expanding Earth-based skills.

The medium: We'll be meeting via Zoom, so once you RSVP 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. Put this date on your calendar!

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Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing - This rock school is for new climbers, gym climbers wanting to transition to outdoor rock or anyone who learned from friends, but wants to fill in knowledge gaps.  We'll 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. You'll learn 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 tall the skills 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.

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 in the alpine environment of rock and ice.

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