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The Hand, The Razor's Edge (5.7), 3 pitch climb OFFICIAL AMC OUTING
Leader: Scott PK Second(s): David A. Rating: 5.7-ish READ ALL BEFORE YOU SIGN UP. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY. TRIP DESCRIPTION: This is a classic 3 or 2 pitch technical climb on the western face of the Superstition Mtns., leaving from a meet-up location (TBA), to drive to the trailhead (free parking), for an uphill on-trail approach of about 45 min.-1 hour. There’s real exposure and the view on top is great. It can be cold and windy. Dress in layers, top and bottom. We’ll take our packs to the base of the climb, drop our packs and gear-up a few feet from where we’ll rappel down off the peak. Everyone is a team member on this joint-venture, and is expected to contribute to the effort, work and safety. Safety is our #1 goal and everyone’s job. TO ATTEND THIS EVENT: 1. DO A REALISTIC SELF-ASSESSMENT ABOUT WHETHER YOU SHOULD COME ON THIS TRIP. It is not for new climbers. Have some “[masked]” outdoor climbing experience (or higher ratings in the gym) and be competent at rappelling on extension, locking off your rappel device, and ascending rope to self-rescue. (For new climbers, we hope to offer “top-rope” climbs soon and you can work your way into “multi-pitch” climbs.) 2. Have the required gear (see below) and help carry and manage group gear/rope. Bring a backpack big enough to carry a rope. You will be carrying a rope. 3. Put yourself on the “Wait-List”, 4. We will screen the wait-list. PLEASE WAITLIST ONLY IF YOU ARE FIRMLY COMMITTED TO ATTENDING. SIGNING UP THEN BAILING, COULD AFFECT ELIGIBILITY FOR FUTURE TRIPS. REQUIRED GEAR (Minimum): Harness, helmet, climbing shoes, approach/hiking shoes, belay/rappel device(s), at least 3 locking biners, and 3 non-locking biners (or just 6+ lockers), personal anchor, headlamp (test it), 20 feet of one-inch tubular earth-tone webbing (we all contribute webbing, if needed, to leave in place), 3 prussiks (short medium, long (or other ascension devices) for self- rescue, a rap-ring (bail-out ring) A PACK THAT IS BIG ENOUGH TO CARRY ROPE, SO YOU APPROACH/EXIT HANDS-FREE, food & water for all day. Think about whether you need: autoblock, gloves for belay/ rappel, small (second) pack for carrying water, snack, clothing on the climb, Breathable Rain-Suit (it works as a wind-suit too), chalk bag, glasses strap, sun protection, hat/scarf, sunscreen, first-aid supplies, electrolytes, meds, small pocket knife, camera, big smile.  It may very well be more windy and cold than you think (sweaty, cooling down, maybe in the shade). One layer on your legs can leave you miserable on the climb. Prepare for the unexpected. Things just happen. PLEASE CONSIDER: 1. To belay someone is a serious task. Treat it like it is. Pay attention. The climber’s life is in your hands. A good brake hand is essential. Keep your brake hand down (in the “lock” position) as much as possible. Be relaxed and alert. 2. On lead-belay, pay attention to your lead-climber and the climbing rope. Generally the lead-climber should have to say very little to you. You should already know from observing. 3. Don’t distract someone when they are setting up for a climb/belay/rappel, or beginning their climb. Let them focus. MEET-UP LOCATION: TBA Meet in time to be ready to drive to the trailhead by 8:00am. To stay on schedule, we’ll leave without you if you are not there. E-mail Scott PK at [masked] to discuss whether this event is for you. If I “Meet-Up message” you, it may go to your spam. Your phone # or email would be helpful. AMC language: 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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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.

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