Outdoor Rock Climbing School

Special Notice - Due to the COVID-19 transmission status in Maricopa County, the Spring 2021 Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing (BORC) School has been postponed from March to April.  Please see the new dates below.  In compliance with AZDHS guidelines, the COVID-19 transmission status for Maricopa County as reported at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-community must be at the "moderate" level or better for the AMC to resume any school activities.

Assuming that the "moderate" level is achieved, the AMC will implement viral mitigation strategies similar to those employed successfully for the October 2020 BORC school.  Those strategies include limiting class size (20 for the upcoming BORC school), conducting classroom portions of the school remotely on-line, requiring masks, social distancing, use of hand sanitizer, self evaluation for illness/not attending if you have a fever or are feeling sick, etc.  The exact mitigation strategies will be communicated as the start date approaches.  If you are not comfortable with any of these viral mitigation steps, you will want to postpone your participation until the public health situation substantially improves.

Special Instructions for April 2021 BORC School - The class is full with a waitlist.  If you have not previously registered, complete "Step 2:" below in the "REGISTRATION:" section to be added to the waitlist.   Those that do not make it in the April 2021 class, will be added to the waitlist for the Fall (October) 2021 BORC school, and will be contacted in August with further information and instructions. Additional details and payment information will be emailed in late March or early April to those accepted.

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 Apr 13 6:00pm – 9:30pm virtual classroom (Zoom)
Thursday Apr 15 6:00pm – 9:30pm virtual classroom (Zoom)
Saturday Apr 17 8:00am – 5:00pm McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Sunday Apr 18 8:00am – 5:00pm TBD
Saturday Apr 24 8:00am – 5:00pm McDowell Sonoran Preserve


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


  • 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 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.


Special Instructions for April 2021 School - The class is full and all new registrations will be put on a waitlist. Contact registrar Eric Evans directly at AMCBasicSchool@gmail.com if you have questions about your current status. Detailed guidance on the payment process will be emailed in late March or early April to those accepted for enrollment. Please be sure you can receive email from the above address as some systems may flag it as spam.

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. Filling out this form is not a guarantee of enrollment as class size is limited.

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 the registrar with payment instructions for those accepted into the class.

For questions or additional information, please contact Eric Evans by email at AMCBasicSchool@gmail.com.
Copyright © 2021 Arizona Mountaineering Club | Design by ThemesDNA.com