Outdoor Rock Climbing

The Arizona Mountaineering Club is pleased to offer our 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 14or 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.  For new members, add $40 for an individual membership or $50 for a family membership.  If joining after June 30, the membership fee is prorated  to $20/$25 for an individual/family.  If joining after August 31, you have the option to pay for a full year and be credited through the end next year.  Please note that the membership fee is non-refundable.

For detailed information, see AMC Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School Spring 2018

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

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday Mar 13 5:30pm – 9:30pm Phx North Mountain Visitor Center
Thursday Mar 15 6:00pm – 9:30pm Phx North Mountain Visitor Center
Saturday Mar 17 8:00am – 5:00pm TBD
Sunday Mar 18 8:00am – 5:00pm Queen Creek
Wednesday Mar 21 6:00pm – 9:30pm Phoenix Rock Gym
Thursday Mar 22 6:00pm – 9:30pm Phoenix Rock Gym
Saturday Mar 24 All Day Grad Climbs and Grad Party


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.

Registration Info: Please follow all three steps below to register for the Outdoor Rock Climbing School.  Class size is limited to 40 students; register early to secure your place.Step 1:   Fill out the online form here.  Even if you are already a member, you must still fill out the online form.  For a spring class, if you are not already an AMC member, you will have to purchase a full year membership, $40 for an individual and $50 for a family. For a fall class, the membership fee will be prorated, $20 for an individual and $25 for a family.  If joining after August 31, you have the additional option of paying for a full year and being credited through the end of next year.

Step 2:  Print an AMC Release of Liability form.  Read the entire liability form, complete and sign the release.  Bring the signed form to the first day of class.  Students under 18 MUST have the release and disclaimer signed by a parent or guardian.

Step 3:  Make payment by PayPal or check. Make check payable to AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing School, 15508 W Bell Road #101-150, Surprise, AZ 85374. If paying by PayPal, select from the options below.

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Outdoor Rock Climbing School

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