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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 Overnight Snow Camping Outing: Lockett Meadows

Online event

Come join us for an overnight backpack snow camping trip in the Lockett Meadows area on Jan 22-23! We will park our vehicles along FS Road 552 and then snowshoe or ski to our camping spot a few miles up the road (keep your fingers crossed for more snow!). We’ll have a tour of everyone’s shelter set-up as well as a conversation about other shelter options depending on snow conditions. Before we head out on Sunday, we will discuss insights into avalanche conditions and how to evaluate the snowpack, as well as companion rescue using avalanche beacons, probes and shovels. Optionally, depending on snow conditions and the group, we will go for a short snowshoe and/or ski tour on Sunday morning before heading back to the vehicles. There will be a Zoom meeting on the evening of Jan 19 or 20 for pre-trip planning and to address any questions about gear before we head out.

Outing Leader:
Scott Kuchman

Attendees:
Maximum 10, including outing leader and assistant leaders. Attendee list is at the sole discretion of the outing leader.

Registration:
The event will open up for sign-ups at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan 1. Prospective attendees will be placed on the waitlist until AMC membership and priority status is confirmed. When you sign up, you will be asked for your full name and email address to confirm membership and facilitate event organization. This will be visible only to you and the outing leader. If you do not provide that information, you will be moved to "Not Going."

Meeting Location:
We will meet at a carpool/caravan location on Saturday morning that will be sent via email to all registered participants.

Please bring:
Gear needed for an overnight backpacking trip in the snow. We will discuss the must-haves and optional gear at the pre-trip Zoom meeting. We will send a suggested gear list by email to all registered participants. Before you go out and buy any sort of expensive gear, remember that the AMC rents snowshoes and avalanche beacons, and please check with Scott with other questions (skuchman "at" q.com).

Consider bringing:
Sense of humor. Flask of beverage of choice.

Do not sign up unless you are committed to attending. If you must cancel, do so early. No-shows and last-minute cancellations deprive other people of the opportunity to attend—and may affect your ability to get on future outings.

Valdez Adventure Alliance - Michelle LeBlanc - Elections- Win a Rope!

You must be a dues paying AMC member, attend the meeting and vote to be entered to win the Blue Water 60M, 9.9.mm Climbing Rope!!

Valdez Adventure Alliance - Michelle LeBlanc
It seems exciting and like the perfect job to be in an executive position at an adventure company in one of the most beautiful small towns in Alaska: the adventure capital, the last frontier. The reality is that it is organizing many tiny details. There are two main events VAA holds every year: the Valdez Ice Climbing Festival and the Valdez Fat Bike Bash. The Valdez Ice Climbing Festival unofficially began around 1983. Today, after much drama, the ice climbing festival lives on. Michelle is going to take some time to tell the story of the Valdez Adventure Alliance through the lens of some of the climbers in the area and the ice climbing festival. She will share adventure stories, tales of mountain rescue and educate us on ice stewardship and more!!

AMC Multi-pitch outing: The Hand (5.6)

Lost Dutchman State Park

Hands up if you like big air!

The Hand is a prominent pinnacle in the northwest Superstition Mountains. We'll climb it in three pitches using The Razor's Edge route (5.6ish) up the eastern arête.

The upper pitches have a LOT of exposure (it's called Razor's Edge for a reason), the view from the top is fantastic, and the descent is a 150-foot rappel with an extended free-hanging section for more air time. Whee!

The approach is 45+ minutes of uphill hiking and is somewhat strenuous.
We will drop our packs and gear up at the base of the rappel, then scramble down to the base, tie in, and start the climb. Once we are all on top, we will descend on a long double-rope rappel, landing at our packs.

Outing leader:
Andrea Galyean

Attendees:
Maximum six, including outing leader and assistant leaders. All participants must be current AMC members. Priority will be given to members who have never done this climb. Attendee list is at the sole discretion of the outing leader.

Registration:
This event will open for sign-ups at 8 a.m. on Friday, January 14. Prospective attendees will be placed on the waitlist until AMC membership and priority status is confirmed. When you sign up, you will be asked for your full name and email address to confirm membership and facilitate event organization. This will be visible only to you and the outing leader. If you do not provide that information, you will be moved to "Not Going."

Do not sign up unless you are committed to attending. If you must cancel, do so early. No-shows and last-minute cancellations deprive other people of the opportunity to attend — and may affect your ability to get on future outings.

Meeting Location:
We will meet at Lost Dutchman State Park. Exact meeting location will be sent to confirmed attendees. Park entry fee is $10.

Please bring:
Harness, helmet, climbing shoes, belay/rappel device, autoblock, 6 carabiners (including at least 3 lockers), personal anchor, prusiks, food & water for all day, layers appropriate for the weather, and a pack big enough to carry all of your gear plus a rope. Be prepared for any type of weather including sun, shade, cold, and wind.

You may also want:
Belay/rappel gloves, chalk bag, small pack for carrying water and supplies on the climb, headlamp.

AMC will provide ropes and event leaders will set up the climb and belay all pitches. You are expected to be a responsible member of the team, and will need to carry ropes and gear in addition to your own supplies.

Skills needed:
Basic knots, basic climbing and rappelling skills, prusiking skills, climbing calls, ability to top-rope at least 5.7 outdoors or 5.8+ in gym.
Please make an honest assessment of your skills and physical fitness before committing to the climb.

E-mail Andrea at [masked] if you have any questions about this climb and/or whether it is for you.

Note:
This is a popular route and we might have to wait for other climbing parties, so we cannot guarantee the end time.

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Disclaimer: 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.

Physical Graffiti 5.6 Trad Climb at Redrock Nevada

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This is a fun two pitch traditional 5.6 climb at Redrock Canyon outside Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meeting place will be discussed with the Outing Leader at a later date, but plan on a noon PDT meeting on the date listed.
You will be chosen based on your technical experience, and being first on the list does not guarantee you a spot on the list. The total number of climbers will be 3, including the Outing Leader. This is an opportunity for 2 climbers to enhance their multi pitch trad experience, and to be assistants on future outings. Part of the consideration in the selection is your attendance in Basic, Anchors and Lead classes, as well as a 2022 paid AMC membership, and the ability to climb 5.7 outside, and 5.9 in the gym. Climb Info: https://www.mountainproject.com/route/105732266/physical-graffiti

Travel time with your own vehicle from Phoenix to Las Vegas is approximately five hours and responsibility will be yours for overnights. Las Vegas has more hotels than just about any place in the world, or if you prefer to camp check out Red Rock Canyon Campground at: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/250877

Equipment needed, but not limited to: Helmet, harness, rock climbing shoes, approach shoes, belay/rappel device, auto block, 6 locking carabiners, 3 prusiks, nut tool, clothing, water, head lamp and a pack large enough to carry all gear, including a rope. A smaller climbing pack or waist pack is handy for food, water and a wind breaker as your large pack will be left at the base of the climb. Plan on bringing clothing, food and water required for a day of traditional multi-pitch rock climbing when historic average temperatures are between 66/35f.

Attendee list is at the sole discretion of the outing leaders all of whom are volunteers. You will be an active team member. This is not a guided tour. There is no licensed guide on this outing.
When you RSVP you'll be asked for your full name, email, and phone number, as well as your experience with multi pitch climbing. Your contact information is needed to verify club membership and to facilitate communication for the Outing Leaders. Individuals who do not respond to the Meetup questions when RSVP’ing or do not have current AMC membership will be moved to Not Going by the Outing Leaders. Turn on the messaging feature on Meetup or you may not get through to me and you’ll be placed on the Not Going list.

Disclaimer:
This activity is a personal choice and requires personal responsibility. These climbing 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.
This is a “Joint Venture” and you will assume all responsibilities for yourself.

By applying for this Outing you are acknowledging that you have read and understood this disclaimer.
A current Arizona Mountaineering Club Liability Waiver, Release and Assumption of Risk Form must be filled out, signed and handed to your outing leader at the start of the day. See link for access to waiver form.
http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/membership

COVID-19 safety measures:
Event will be outdoors, All participants must comply with the current AMC
Guidelines for In-Person Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic, including:
1. All group members must self-screen in advance of the event to affirm that they are at low-risk of COVID-19
exposure.
2. All group members must agree to the AMC COVID-19 Code of Conduct, which will be emailed in advance of the
event.
3. Face coverings are required and must be worn at all times unless outdoors and more than six feet from all other
participants. FACE COVERINGS MUST BE WORN WHEN SHARING A BELAY WITH OTHER CLIMBERS.
4. All group members must provide their own hand sanitizer and/or biodegradable soap for sanitizing their hands before and after using any shared gear.
5. All group members must provide their own food and drink and not share these with any other participants, excepting
participants who share the same household or household pod.
If you feel that you may be getting sick, please be considerate of other people and stay home.

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