Outdoor Rock Climbing School

Special Notice - Due to the status of COVID-19 transmission in Maricopa County, the class size for the March 2022 Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School may be limited and/or various mitigation strategies implemented, such as eliminating indoor activities or wearing masks when in close proximity to others.

It's impossible to predict the future, but until the Covid-19 pandemic situation improves substantially and CDC guidelines change, AMC will continue to limit the class size and conduct all sessions on-line or outdoors.

Registration for Spring 2022 is not yet open. To be notified when it is open, contact the registrar, Eric Evans, at amcbasicschool@gmail.com to express your desire to register and be put on the notification list.  When registration opens in late November or early December, he will contact you by email with further instructions on registering and paying the required $250 class fee to secure your spot in the school.

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 8 6:00pm – 9:30pm on-line
Thursday Mar 10 6:00pm – 9:30pm on-line
Saturday Mar 12 8:00am – 5:00pm McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Sunday Mar 13 8:00am – 5:00pm TBD
Thursday Mar 17 6:00pm - 9:30pm Phoenix Rock Gym (if possible)
Saturday Mar 19 7:00am – 4:00pm Various


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 FOUR steps below to register for the Outdoor Rock Climbing School.  Class size is limited to 20 students; register early to secure your place.

SPECIAL NOTE: To register for the upcoming Spring 2022 school, contact the registrar, Eric Evans, at amcbasicschool@gmail.com to express your desire to register.  If a spot is available, he will contact you by email and provide you with payment instructions for the required $250 class fee to secure your spot in the school.

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:   Do not complete this step until instructed to do so. 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: If a spot is available, you will be contacted by the registrar Eric Evans at AMCBasicSchool@gmail.com with payment instructions. Please add this email address to your contacts to be sure the email address above is not flagged as spam.

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