Basic Canyoneering School

Special Notice - Due primarily to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall 2020 Basic Canyoneering School was cancelled.   At this time, we are moving forward with planning for the April 2021 Basic Canyoneering School with format modifications to switch to a virtual classroom (Zoom), moving all in-person activity outdoors and limiting the class size to 8 students max. If you are interested in enrolling, registration is now open.  Please see the details below to register.

Basic Canyoneering Course Description

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. Throughout the course you will learn to identify and understand core concepts of trip planning, equipment, rappelling, anchor rigging, canyon movement, overall general safety and much more. The goal of this course is to convey the core concepts of canyoneering, through study and practical application, so you can become a contributing team member while in canyon with competent leaders and mentors.

Class size is limited to 8 students.  

Experience required:  AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing School and AMC Anchors School.  The skills learned in these AMC Climbing schools provide a solid foundation for a transition to canyons and the specialized skills and techniques unique to canyoneering.  If you have not explicitly taken these two prerequisite AMC Schools, sorry but you are NOT eligible to participate.

Class Schedule for the Spring 2021 School:

 
Date Time Location
Tuesday, Apr 6 6:00pm – 9:00pm Zoom on-line session
Thursday, Apr 8 6:00pm – 9:00pm TBD outside location
Saturday, Apr 10 8:00am – 4:00pm Tom's Thumb Trailhead

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THE CLASS:

All students will be expected to provide personal gear including the following items*:

  • Harness, helmet, and personal anchor
  • 1 specialized canyon rappel device (no need to buy - will be provided to each student and is yours to keep!)
  • 4 locking carabiners (HMS shaped preferred with a screw gate)
  • 3 prusiks cords (or whatever you use to ascend with)
  • 1 autoblock (VT prusik preferred)
  • 30 ft of webbing (1 inch)
  • Pack suitable to carry your personal gear, food, water, standard “take everywhere” stuff, as well as rope and anchor material

*NOTE: No extra gear is required beyond that required for the prerequisite AMC Basic Rock & Anchors schools, except the longer piece of webbing, which is pretty handy anyway).

Cost:  $125.

  • Note: You must be a current AMC club member to register for this school.  If you are not currently a club member, go to http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/membership/ to complete the membership process.  You must also be a graduate of both the AMC Basic Rock and Anchors Schools.

Registration:

  • Contact Tom Seeley at amccanyoneeringschool@gmail.com. to indicate your request to participate.  Tom will add you to the list (and waitlist you if the max number of spots has been reached).  When Tom has validated your membership status and your prerequisite completion of the AMC Basic Rock and Anchors Schools, he will notify you and provided payment guidance to secure your spot in the class.
  • Payment must be made using the PayPal link that will be provided with your email confirmation of registration.  Please note that you DO NO NEED a PayPal account to use this link; you can pay via this service as a "guest" using your personal credit or debit card.
  • If you are a current AMC club member (i.e. your dues are paid for this year), great!!  If not, please go to the membership page at http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/membership/ and complete the membership process.
  • Refund policy: The cost of the class is fully refundable if you decide to cancel.  The Club Membership Fee is non-refundable.

For any questions or additional info, please contact Tom Seeley at amccanyoneeringscchool@gmail.com 

 

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