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The Arizona Mountaineering Club was founded in 1964 for the purpose of promoting and teaching safe rock climbing.

Our Mission is to provide educational opportunities, climbing experiences, advocacy to protect our climbing resources, and stewardship of the Arizona Outdoors by promoting volunteerism and community engagement.

Today the AMC has over 300 members who are involved in all aspects of rock climbing, mountaineering and various other outdoor sports. AMC members range from the occasional weekend climber to those who attempt the highest mountains around the world.

If you already have climbing skills and experience, join other members on some of our regular outings – a great way to meet new friends and discover new climbing areas.

Upcoming events (4+)

AMC Thanksgiving at Joshua Tree — Camping, Climbing, and Feasting, too!

Indian Cove Campground

Join us for climbing at Joshua Tree National Park, with camping at Indian Cove Campground, and a Thanksgiving Day potluck dinner.

(Please note that pets are not allowed on trails or in climbing areas at the park and cannot be left unattended at the campsite.)

NOTE! This is for camping ONLY. Please register for the climbing events separately.

We have five campsites at Indian Cove Campground, reserved from 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26. Most can only accommodate tents, with a couple of spots for camper vans/pickup campers. Sites will be shared with other AMC members. Please let us know how many people will be in your group and whether you will be bringing a tent or van/camper. Each site is $25/night, which can be split if you are sharing a site.

If you would prefer to make your own lodging arrangements and join us for climbing and/or dinner, that's fine, too! Indian Cove Campground is on the north side of the park, near Twentynine Palms, California. There are also several hotels, motels, and private campgrounds nearby that may have availability.

Climbing details: Thursday and Friday (Nov. 24 & 25) will feature AMC-organized top-rope outings for all who are interested. Please register for those events separately.
Thursday, 11/24 climbing: https://www.meetup.com/arizona-mountaineering-club/events/289475947/
Friday, 11/25 climbing: https://www.meetup.com/arizona-mountaineering-club/events/289476027/

Dinner details: Thanksgiving potluck at 5 p.m. on November 24. Potluck sign up is here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1IuS-NXRUoJFpW5D8FTcII-5ARqrSORJTZNM2KfCEU_E/edit#gid=0

TIME ZONE ALERT! Please remember that California is on Pacific time, and will be one hour later than Arizona. All times are given in local time.

Sign up details: You must be a current AMC Member to participate. To join or renew, visit: http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/membership

To RSVP, add your name to the waitlist and include: Your full name and email address and the type of site you need (tent/RV) Note that this is only visible to you and the event organizers. If you do not provide your full name, you will be moved to "Not Going."

Once your membership is verified, you will be moved to "Going" as space permits.

NOTE: There is an entrance fee for Joshua Tree National Park, in addition to camping fees. Cost is $30 per vehicle for a 7-day pass, or you can use an annual Joshua Tree pass or federal Interagency Pass. All of those can be purchased in person at the park or in advance at: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/fees.htm.

AMC Basic Canyoneering School | Fall 2022

4658 E Beck Ln

This is DAY 1 of the 3 Session AMC basic canyoneering school.

PLEASE NOTE: You are not officially enrolled until we receive your class registration on the AMC website at http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/basic-canyoneering-school/. Once this is done you will be moved to the "going" list.

This course is perfect for those who have never been canyoneering along with those wanting to refresh their understanding of the many core concepts. The basics are a critical starting point for every responsible individual entering the canyons.

Throughout the course you will learn to identify and understand core concepts of trip planning, equipment, rappelling, rigging, canyon movement, overall general safety and much more. The goal of this course is to have you leave understanding the core concepts of canyoneering, so you can become a contributing team member while in canyon with competent leaders and mentors.

Class meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings (my house) and all day Saturday at the Tom's Thumb Trailhead in Scottsdale.

AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing School and AMC Anchors School. This includes solid basic rock climbing, belaying, and rappelling skills, all basic climbing knots and the ability to build solid anchors. You must be a current Arizona Mountaineering Club member in good standing (dues paid for current year).

South Mountain Park and Preserve, Gila Valley Lookout Cleanup!

Gila Valley Lookout

South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona is the largest municipal park in the United States and one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. and in the world. You may have explored it by climbing, biking, hiking or taking a Sunday drive up to one of the lookouts.
In partnership with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation we have a clean-up project for service-minded AMC members who wish to participate and give back to their community. For those of you who haven't participated in one of the Grand Canyon clean-ups, this is a great introduction to the AMC's stewardship program. We will be picking up trash at the Gila Valley Lookout.
PARTICIPANT PROFILE - Consideration for participation in the 2022 event requires:

  1. 2022 AMC Membership paid and annual liability waiver on file
  2. Each participate will be required to fill out a Phoenix Parks and Recreation Waiver onsite the day of the event
  3. Completion of AMC's Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School
  4. Commitment to complying with COVID mitigation requirements in effect at the time of the event.

PARTICIPANT SIGNUP - Anyone signing up for this event will be placed on the Wait List for review by the Event Organizer.
By placing your name on the Wait List below for this event, you are agreeing to the minimum requirements outlined above and those that may be added or revised to ensure the safety of the South Mountain Park visitors, City of Phoenix, Park and Recreation personnel, and other AMC participants.
PARTICIPANT SELECTION - The wait list will be reviewed, requirements verified, and a final list of participants will be selected and notified. Selection for participation and assignments at the event are at the sole discretion of the Event Organizer.
DISCLAIMER: Climbing is a personal choice and requires personal responsibility. Climbing and associate 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.
Questions? Contact Deborah Roether, Fallon, Event Organizer at [masked]
COVID-19 safety measures
Masks requirement will be confirmed at the time of the event
Event will be outdoors
You are expected to self-select out of the event if you experience symptoms at any time within two weeks leading up to or any time during the event.
Safety measures instituted by event host. Meetup is not responsible for ensuring that precautions are followed.

Personal Equipment – Each participant is responsible to bring the following personal gear:

  • Helmet
  • Climbing harness
  • 1 Belay / rappel device
  • 1 Double length (46”- 48”) sewn nylon runner for use as rappel device extension
  • Personal anchor
  • 3 Locking carabiners, minimum, more if you have them.
  • Auto block (4ft (5 mm) cord & locking biner)
  • Mid or High top hiking boots (no sandals or open-toed shoes)
  • Leather Gloves (there’s a lot of glass)
  • Long pants, long-sleeved shirt
  • Sunscreen, lip balm
  • Water, lunch & snack

Queen Victoria (5.7+) | Official AMC Outing


Multipitch climb - 3-pitch moderate tower in Sedona.

Please be prepared to meet at the Starbucks in the Lowe's parking lot off Happy Valley Rd at 7:00am sharp to carpool. Note that high-clearance/4WD cuts down the approach considerably and therefore we will be aiming to consolidate into those vehicles. The approach is about 1 hour's hike from the 4WD road and relatively steep. We'll limit the total attendees to 5 persons maximum.

Please know you limits and physical condition. Participants should feel comfortable climbing at least 5.9 in a gym and familiar with rappelling technique for the descent, as there is no walk-off from this route. Please review the online beta for this climb, so you know what to expect. This will be a full day’s climb. Feel free to contact me for more information. You will be an active team member. This is not a guided tour. You will need to carry rope and gear, so bring a large pack to accommodate this.

See Mountainproject Description for information on the route and to see if it'd be a good fit for you.

Attendee list is at the sole discretion of the outing leader. If you were a no show or same day drop on any of my previous outings in the last year, you will not be permitted to attend. Please send me your full name, email and phone number so I can confirm your paid AMC membership dues for this year and have a way to contact you. If you fail to do this, you will not be considered for this trip.

Food, snacks, plenty of water, head lamp, waterproof wind shell and pants, approach shoes, warm / cool clothing, sun screen, helmet, harness, extra locking carabiners, prusik cords, gloves, rappel device, auto-block, day pack, personal anchor, climbing shoes, emergency gear and whatever else you may need to stay comfortable for the day. Please be prepared for any type of weather including rain and heavy winds. The route does get some sun but you may be waiting in the shade. Check the weather, dress in layers and plan accordingly.

If you wish to participate you should be physically and mentally prepared with the appropriate gear. You are responsible for your own safety, not the person leading the event. You should always be aware of the risks involved in outdoor activities and conduct yourself accordingly. You need to be fully self sufficient and not rely on anyone for help.

AMC COVID Code of Conduct for in-person events:

• Remove themselves from participation if they experience any COVID-like symptom of illness within 10 days prior to the event, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, or recent loss of taste or smell.

• Remove themselves from participation if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days prior to the event or if they have been directly exposed to any individual with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within 10 days prior to the event, unless they were protected with appropriate PPE and/or mitigation procedures.

• Wear a face covering that securely covers the nose, mouth, and chin unless outdoors and at least six feet away from other participants, in which case masks are optional unless required by the Event Leader, bylaw, or by other applicable rules or regulations.

• Remain a minimum of six feet from all other participants whenever possible, excepting participants who share their household.

• Follow the instructions of event leaders at all times.

• Notify the relevant event organizer or Outing Leader as soon as possible if they develop COVID-like symptoms (see above) or test positive for COVID-19 within 10 days after the event.

• Behave in a safe and respectful manner toward other participants and exercise their best judgement regarding their personal safety risk.

• Individuals who violate these requirements will not be permitted to participate in the event

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