• TOP-ROPE CLIMBING: Comic Cliff/ Granite Dells

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    DATE: Sunday, July 17, 2022, MEETING at Watson Lake Campground at 9:00 a.m. (all day event)
    Leader: Frank Vers
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    # ATTENDEES: 8, max

    TRIP DESCRIPTION: Let’s top-rope climb at Comic Cliff Wall
    https://www.mountainproject.com/area/106447227/comic-cliff

    This is a short, steep wall with tough moves. Afternoon shade. Good opportunity to get a lot of routes in.

    Safety is our #1 goal. It is everyone’s job.

    TO ATTEND THIS EVENT:
    You must be an AMC member (“paid-up” member) to attend. You should be a competent belayer or speak up and ask for help. (Don’t put someone’s life in your hands when you are not ready for that responsibility.) A “brake-assisted” belay device is best. Bring your AMC membership card

    You must be COVID vaccinated. Bring your Vaccination card. This is not an AMC requirement, but is this Leaders requirement.

    Clear your schedule and put yourself on the “Waitlist”. We’ll check the rolls and put you on as attending.

    Send your email address to Frank at [masked] so you can be included in information. If we don’t get an email address, we can’t make it work to put you on the trip.

    When put on the “Going” list, you will be sent an email with info, a Covid Code of Conduct to sign, and a Waiver to sign and get back to Frank. Frank will be doing the RSVPs for this event.

    SIGNING UP AND THEN BAILING, COULD AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO GET ON FUTURE TRIPS.

    Your outing leaders are volunteers. We don’t get paid.

    You will be carrying rope and coiling rope.

    NEEDED GEAR (Minimum):
    Harness, helmet, climbing shoes, belay/rappel device, and A PACK THAT IS BIG ENOUGH TO CARRY ROPE, SO YOU APPROACH/EXIT HANDS-FREE, food & water for a full day.

    Think about whether you need:
    autoblock, gloves for belay +/or rappel, Breathable Rain-suit, chalk bag, glasses strap, sun protection, hat/scarf, sunscreen, first-aid supplies, electrolytes, meds, small pocket knife, camera. Beer for your trusted leader for celebration after safe outing.

    MEET-UP LOCATION: I'll be camping Saturday night at Watson Lake campground. Individuals can arrange transportation/carpool from the Valley. Help pay for gas.

    Climbing is a team effort. Be looking for what you can do to help out.

    E-mail Frank at [masked] to discuss whether this event is for you, or any other issues

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    AMC Required Language. 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 and do not need to self-isolate.
    2. All group members must agree to the AMC COVID-19 Code of Conduct prior to the event, and read and sign the AMC Guidelines for In-Person Activities During COVID-19 Pandemic, of[masked], and AMC COVID-19 CODE OF CONDUCT revised May 16, 2021; to be sent to attendees.
    3. Face coverings are required and must be worn at all times unless outdoors and more than six feet from all other participants.
    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.
    6. All group members must remain a minimum of six feet from all other participants at all times, excepting participants who share the same household or household pod.

    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.

  • NO MONTHLY MEMBER MEETING- GO PLAY & CLIMB WHERE IT'S COOL!

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    NO MONTHLY MEETING- GO PLAY and CLIMB WHERE IT'S COOL!

  • AMC Campout in Payson

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    The heat is on, so let's head for the pines and go camping!

    What:
    Join other AMC members for a campout at the Ponderosa group campsite east of Payson for two nights, arriving Friday, July 29 and leaving Sunday, July 31.

    This event is a chance for AMC members to meet, mingle, and get outside with old or new friends. Feel free to plan your own climbing or other activities to coincide with the campout.

    We have a group site that can accommodate up to 25 people and 10 vehicles. There’s space for tents as well as campers but trailers are limited to 18’ and there are no hookups. There is water available, as well as pit latrines and bear boxes. Arrival is anytime after 2 p.m. on July 29 and checkout is 11 a.m. on July 31.

    Where:
    The campground is located about 15 miles east of Payson on the south side of 260. It’s near Christopher Creek and Horton Creek, as well as the Hellsgate Wilderness, (see map) so there are lots of opportunities for climbing, hiking, or canyoneering, depending on your interests.

    Cost:
    Cost is $25 per vehicle (up to 3 people per vehicle) and covers both Friday and Saturday. One-night stay is fine, but the price is the same. There are no refunds for cancellations.

    Notes:
    Attendance is limited to current club members. Please note that you will need to provide your own gear for all activities and please use your best judgment and discretion when climbing or adventuring with others.

    How to join:
    Add yourself to the waitlist and provide your email address, number of vehicles, and number of people in your party. This information will only be visible to you and the event organizers.

    We will send you a payment link and, as soon as your payment is processed, you’ll be added to the Going list.

    If you have any questions, email: [masked]

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  • Beta, Boasts and Beer - AMC Monthly Meeting

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    Having fun is serious business for the AMC! We’re keeping our fingers crossed that COVID numbers will continue to be moderate or better yet will take a dive! And, we can take a stab at gathering in person in the dog days of August. Please join us for a meal, a brew, a good story or two of your summer adventures. Please RSVP here for an accurate number of attendees. ALSO, please update your RSVP if you are unable to attend!
    OHSO Brewing + Distillery Company, in Paradise Valley, is a local restaurant, brewery, and distillery that is a dog-friendly, social hot-spot in the valley. It has a casual neighborhood vibe with its own personality. OHSO is all about creating unique and approachable beer and spirits in a fun, open environment. Look for the AMC gathered around a couple of the outdoor tables on the patio. Hope to see you there!

  • Ashleigh Thompson -On Land, Contemporary Indigenous Identity, and Climbing

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    Ashleigh Thompson (she/hers) is a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation and an Indigenous archaeologist. She believes being outside is paramount to healing and happiness, which she promotes through her writing and work as a sponsored athlete for La Sportiva and Janji. Find Ashleigh trail running among saguaros with her dog, Benson, or hanging off a rope in Tucson, Arizona.
    Ashleigh shares her stories about the problematic myths of the land and Indigenous people, intergenerational trauma, and systemic mindsets connected with the term “public land”. We dive into how the current discourse on land can directly work against creating inclusive and respectful spaces.
    The medium: We'll be meeting via Zoom, so once you RSVP to this invitation, you should be able to see the link to join the meeting. If you need to download Zoom, please do that ahead of time at www.zoom.us. (It's free to sign up.) Then you just need to follow the link a few minutes before the event starts. You can use any smartphone, tablet, or computer that has audio and video capabilities. Put this date on your calendar!

  • AMC Lead Climbing School - Day 1

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    This is DAY 1 of a 4 session AMC advanced climbing school.
    If you are enrolling as a student, DO NOT RSVP! Please visit http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/lead-climbing-school/ and follow all instructions to register for the class. You are not officially on the student list until we receive your class registration/payment. Club membership for 2022 can also be updated with your registration if you have not already paid your 2022 AMC member dues.

    Experience required:
    AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing School and AMC Anchors School or equivalent experience. This includes solid basic rock climbing, belaying, and rappelling skills, all basic climbing knots and the ability to build solid trad anchors. Please see additional details regarding prerequisite rock climbing and anchor skills in course details available at http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/lead-climbing-school/

    All aspects of lead climbing will be addressed with a strong emphasis on multi-pitch trad climbing. Topics include gear (ropes and pro), the dynamics of lead falls, solid gear placement, rope management, anchors, and the mental as well as physical aspects of sport and trad leading. This class is for every competent climber. Even if you do not plan on leading, you will learn and understand the dynamics of lead climbing, and it will make you a more knowledgeable and capable climber and second. There will be no “true” lead climbs during the class – all lead climbing experiences in this class will be protected with a top-rope (mock leads).

    Class meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings and all day Saturday & Sunday.

    For additional class details and payment registration, please visit http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/lead-climbing-school/

  • AMC Lead Climbing School - Day 2

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    This is session 2 of a 4 session advanced climbing class. If you are enrolling as a student, please visit http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/lead-climbing-school/ to register for the class. You are not officially on the student list until we receive your class payment/registration. Club membership for 2022 can also be updated with your registration if you have not already paid for this years member dues.

    All aspects of lead climbing will be addressed with a strong emphasis on multi-pitch trad climbing. Topics include gear (ropes and pro), the dynamics of lead falls, solid gear placement, rope management, anchors, and the mental as well as physical aspects of sport and trad leading. This class is for every competent climber. Even if you do not plan on leading, you will learn and understand the dynamics of lead climbing, and it will make you a more knowledgeable and capable climber and second. There will be no “true” lead climbs during the class – all lead climbing experiences in this class will be protected with a top-rope.

    For additional class details and payment registration, please visit http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/lead-climbing-school/

    Experience required:
    AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing School and AMC Anchors School or equivalent experience. This includes solid basic rock climbing, belaying, and rappelling skills, all basic climbing knots and the ability to build solid anchors.

  • AMC Lead Climbing School - Day 3

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    This is session 3 of a 4 session advanced climbing school. If you are enrolling as a student, please visit http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/lead-climbing-school/ to register for the class. You are not officially on the student list until we receive your class payment/registration. Club membership for 2022 can also be updated with your registration if you have not already paid for this years member dues.

    All aspects of lead climbing will be addressed with a strong emphasis on multi-pitch trad climbing. Topics include gear (ropes and pro), the dynamics of lead falls, solid gear placement, rope management, anchors, and the mental as well as physical aspects of sport and trad leading. This class is for every competent climber. Even if you do not plan on leading, you will learn and understand the dynamics of lead climbing, and it will make you a more knowledgeable and capable climber and second. There will be no “true” lead climbs during the class – all lead climbing experiences in this class will be protected with a top-rope.

    For additional class details and payment registration, please visit http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/lead-climbing-school/

    Experience required:
    AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing School and AMC Anchors School or equivalent experience. This includes solid basic rock climbing, belaying, and rappelling skills, all basic climbing knots and the ability to build solid anchors.

  • AMC Lead Climbing School - Day 4

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    This is the 4th and final session of an AMC advanced climbing school. If you are enrolling as a student, please visit http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/lead-climbing-school/ to register for the class. You are not officially on the student list until we receive your class payment/registration. Club membership for 2022 can also be updated with your registration if you have not already paid for this years member dues.

    All aspects of lead climbing will be addressed with a strong emphasis on multi-pitch trad climbing. Topics include gear (ropes and pro), the dynamics of lead falls, solid gear placement, rope management, anchors, and the mental as well as physical aspects of sport and trad leading. This class is for every competent climber. Even if you do not plan on leading, you will learn and understand the dynamics of lead climbing, and it will make you a more knowledgeable and capable climber and second. There will be no “true” lead climbs during the class – all lead climbing experiences in this class will be protected with a top-rope.

    For additional class details and payment registration, please visit http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/lead-climbing-school/

    Experience required:
    AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing School and AMC Anchors School or equivalent experience. This includes solid basic rock climbing, belaying, and rappelling skills, all basic climbing knots and the ability to build solid anchors.

  • AMC Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School - Day 1

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    Learn rock climbing with AMC!

    This is DAY 1 of the 7-session AMC Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School.

    NOTE: Signing up here does not register you in this class. For all class dates, details, registration, and payment, go to http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/outdoor-rock-climbing-school/

    The full class spans two weeks with four weeknight sessions (two in-person and two online) and three full weekend days out on the rock at various crags. You will learn fundamental top-rope climbing skills including: equipment selection and usage, rope handling, climbing knots, climbing calls and partner communication, belaying, rappelling, climbing techniques, and basic self-rescue.

    On Day 1, we will meet in person at the North Mountain Visitor Center to get oriented, distribute gear, and begin learning some climbing fundamentals, including gear and knots.

    Who is it for?
    This course is for anyone who wants to learn to climb safely outdoors by using current best practices in rock climbing. Whether you've never climbed before at all, or want to transition from the gym to real rock, or if you’ve climbed with friends but want to fill those learning gaps, this class is for you. It is also a prerequisite for other AMC classes, including Anchors, Lead, and Canyoneering.

    What do I need?
    All required gear is provided by the club, including a comprehensive reference manual. Every student gets a gear pack that includes: five carabiners (one parabiner, two lockers, and two non-lockers), a belay/rappel device, four prusiks, a sewn sling, and webbing, all of which are yours to keep. We loan helmets and harnesses if needed, and may have shoes for rent depending on availability. However, if you have your own climbing harness, helmet, and/or shoes, please bring them.

    About AMC:
    AMC is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1964 to teach climbing and other outdoor skills. These classes are provided through the generous donation of time from our members. Class fees cover only operational expenses and gear.

    COVID-19 Guidelines: AMC follows CDC guidelines for public health. As of summer 2022, we are planning to hold some classes indoors and in-person, as well as increasing the class limit to 26 max. These plans are subject to change depending on CDC guidelines and local conditions.