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Timezone Wall @ Watson Dells (Official Outing - AMC Membership Required)

Event: Time Zone Wall area of the Watson Lake Dells in Prescott, AZ. This is a single pitch top-rope outing at which many climbs will be set.

When: Sunday, February 24, 2013. Meet at the Park & Ride at 07:00 AM

Where to Meet: Park & Ride, east of Denny's Restaurant at Bell Rd and I-17 (link)

Directions: Park & Ride to Watson Lake Park Road (link)

Plan: Meet at the Park & Ride east of Denny's located on the southwest corner of I-17 and Bell Road in North Phoenix at 07:00. Consolidate cars, and be on the road by 07:15. Arrive at the Watson Lake Parking Area around 08:45. The approach hike will take 20 to 30 minutes. Gear up while the leaders set the climbs; be climbing by 10:00. We will climb until we're tired, cold, or until mid-afternoon. Tear down, and hike back to the cars by 15:00. Optionally, we can head into Prescott for a hot meal & a cold beverage before we drive back to Phoenix. Leave Prescott in time to arrive back at the Park & Ride no later than 18:00.

What to Bring:

  • Rock climbing gear: Harness, ATC belay device, three (3) locking carabiners, rock shoes, personal anchor, prusiks. Helmets are required for all climbers and belayers.
  • Warm clothes: Jacket, fleece beanie or other warm hat, gloves or mittens. It may be chilly, so dress in layers. Also consider a lightweight windproof shell in case it is breezy.
  • Personal gear: Personal first aid kit, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera.
  • Food & Water: 2-3 liters of water recommended for an outing of this duration. Bring a lunch and/or snacks.
  • Gas money for your carpool driver.


  • First dibs on this outing will go to 2012 Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School graduates.
  • This outing is restricted to current AMC members and their specified guest. AMC Club dues for 2013 may be paid anytime online at or to Curtis Stone on the day of the outing. Checks and cash are accepted.

Leadership: Curtis Stone. Douglas Matson will be assisting.

Climbing is a personal choice and requires personal responsibility. Climbing and associated activities are dangerous and can result in injury and/or death. Climbing exposes you to risks. Risks are not eliminated by training, or skill. By your participation in any AMC activity or event, you accept and assume any and all risks, including those created by negligence, connected to such activity or event.

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  • curtis s.

    thanks to the snow it was almost surreal out there. lots of good climbing to be had. it was the most climbs we have ever set up out there. and the real miracle was that there was no line at prescott brewing company. clearly a day to remember. thanks everyone for making it great!

    February 28, 2013

  • Angela S.

    Fun climbing, great company, beautiful location. Thanks everyone!

    February 25, 2013

  • philip

    Awesome outing! The snow had me a bit concerned but the rock was warm to the touch. Got all the climbing in that I could handle. Thanks guys!

    February 24, 2013

  • Mike L.

    We're out sorry for the late notice.

    February 24, 2013

  • Stormy

    Hoping to carpool with someone. I am near Dobson and Ray but can easily meet someone at Ray/101 or Dobson/60 so you don't have to add any miles to your driving. Anyone planning on coming from this way?

    February 23, 2013

  • Liz

    Tweeked my knee today and am limping so I will pass unfortunately.

    February 23, 2013

  • Jose S.

    So bummed, I have the flu and the climb is a go. Have fun guys.

    February 22, 2013

  • Paul L.

    We can't make it either. Have fun!

    February 22, 2013

  • Christopher C.

    sorry i'll be out of town. :( I wanted to go bad too

    February 19, 2013

  • Peter

    I also will be out of town on the 24th, next time...

    February 8, 2013

  • Ivy =.

    :( Out of town Feb 24th

    February 7, 2013

  • Douglas M.

    Hey everyone -

    It looks like Curtis and I were on the same wavelength, but unfortunately I wasn't on the same page. He just officially postponed the outing, and is targeting February 24.

    At this point, there is no need to respond to my previous comment. Sorry for any confusion!

    Douglas Matson

    February 7, 2013

    • Christopher C.

      I won't be able to make that date myself. Hunting and all

      February 7, 2013

    • Ivy =.

      Shoot, can't do the new weekend as I will be out of town. :-( Was so looking forward to checking out this area.

      February 7, 2013

  • Douglas M.

    Hey Folks!

    Unfortunately the weather forecast for Sunday (2/10) is not great - NOAA is predicting high temp of 41 degrees with a chance of snow. It is also likely that it will snow on Saturday, with up to 1" of accumulation (which may still be present on Sunday.)

    My goal is to provide an outing in which we all have fun, and climb safely. I think with temps in the 30s and low 40s may be cold and uncomfortable, and could potentially present unnecessary risks.

    I also understand that some of you have likely adjusted your schedules so that you can climb this weekend, and I can appreciate that, too. So with that, I seek your collective input.

    Please respond to this comment if you are on the "attending" list. Let us know if you would rather stick to the current plan and climb in the cold, or if you would prefer to postpone the outing again, and shoot for a warmer day. Currently I have my eye on the weekend of February 23-24.

    Thanks all.

    Douglas Matson

    February 7, 2013

  • Terri V.

    I'm looking forward to climbing after breaking my heel 2 years ago.

    January 19, 2013

  • Stephen V.

    I haven't climbed for 2 years since I broke my heel and am looking forward to climbing again.

    January 19, 2013

  • Mike L.

    Nancy and I want to climb.

    January 18, 2013

  • Jeff C.

    Off to Joshua Tree. Catch you next time.

    January 18, 2013

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