Outdoor Rock Climbing School

Special Notice - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in compliance with public health guidelines, the Spring 2020 Basic School was cancelled.   The Fall 2020 Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing (BORC) School was conducted with a class limit of 20 students and other special adjustments to comply with current Federal and State guidelines.

At this time, we are moving forward with planning for the March 2021 BORC School with similar format modifications, moving all in-person activity outdoors and limiting the class size to 20 students. If you are interested in enrolling, registration is now open.  Please see the details below to register.

Outdoor Rock Climbing

The Arizona Mountaineering Club is pleased to offer our Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School. Our goal is to create a safe, fun experience that introduces you to the exciting and challenging world of outdoor climbing. Upon completion, you will be equipped with the basic skills necessary to join top-rope and multi-pitch climbs led by qualified outing leaders (as appropriate to your climbing ability). This is a comprehensive course in top-rope rock climbing.  Topics include equipment selection (harness, shoes, etc.), rope management, common climbing knots and applicability, rope types and construction, carabiner types and proper usage, climbing calls, belaying with a tube type device and Muenter hitch, rappelling, self rescue and prusiking, escaping a belay, climbing ethics, and basic climbing techniques. Is the AMC Outdoor Climbing school for me? People from all walks of life and a wide variety of ages enjoy rock climbing. No prior experience required!  Many that take the AMC course are outdoor enthusiasts who are looking to expand their ways of enjoying the great outdoors; others have been climbing in a gym for a while and want to learn to be “real rock” climbers or have learned to climb from friends and want to “fill in the knowledge gaps”; and still others are just looking for a challenge or to overcome their fear of heights. No matter what your reason, we’ll make it a fun and rewarding experience. The AMC Schools accept anyone age 14 or older in reasonable physical condition. You don’t have to be a super-fit athlete, just capable of hiking and generally getting around in the great outdoors.  Bring a positive mental attitude and you’ll be good to go.  Note: students ages 14-15 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. CLASS FEE:  $250 for current AMC members.  If you are not already a club member, please complete the membership process by going to http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/membership/.  Please note that the membership fee is non-refundable.

For Class Instructional Materials (students & instructors), see Basic School Syllabus and Manual

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday Mar 9 6:00pm – 9:30pm virtual classroom (Zoom)
Thursday Mar 11 6:00pm – 9:30pm virtual classroom (Zoom)
Saturday Mar 13 8:00am – 5:00pm McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Sunday Mar 14 8:00am – 5:00pm McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Wednesday Mar 17 6:00pm – 9:30pm TBD
Thursday Mar 18 6:00pm – 9:30pm TBD
Saturday Mar 20 8:00am – 5:00pm TBD Climbs/Self Rescue

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING FOR THE FIRST CLASS:

Dress casually; the class will be held outside, so bring clothes appropriate to the weather.

WHAT IS PROVIDED BY THE AMC:

  • Technical climbing gear that will be used for the school (yours to keep): 1 belay/rappel device, 2 non-locking carabiners, 3 locking carabiners, 4 prusiks, one 10′ webbing, one 48″ sewn nylon runner (subject to change)
  • Harness and helmet for the duration of the class if needed
  • Basic climbing textbook
  • Instruction through all phases of the class
  • Discounts from local retailers on climbing gear

CLIMBING SHOES:

Climbing shoes are needed for the weekend sessions only. The AMC rents climbing shoes, on a first-come, first-served basis on the second night of the class for $10 for the duration of the course. We will discuss what to look for in purchasing climbing shoes on the first night.

REGISTRATION:

Registration Info: Please follow all FOUR steps below to register for the Outdoor Rock Climbing School.  Class size is limited to 20 students; register early to secure your place.

Step 1:   Are you a current AMC member (i.e. are your annual dues paid for this year)?  If so, great; go to step 2.  If not, you must go to the Membership page at http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/membership/ and complete the AMC membership process, then proceed to Step 2.

Step 2:   Fill out the online form here.  Even if you are already a club member, you must still fill out the online form.

Step 3:  Print an AMC Liability Waiver.  Read the entire form, complete and sign.  Bring the signed form to the first day of class.  Students under 18 MUST have the AMC Liability Waiver Form signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Step 4:  Pay class fee - watch for an email from your registrar (Eric Evans) with payment instructions

For questions or additional information, please contact Eric Evans by email at AMCBasicSchool@gmail.com.
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