• AMC Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School - Day 3

    Tom Thumb Trailhead

    We'll spend the day practicing our new skills, including climbing, belaying, and rappelling outside on the wonderful granite in the beautiful McDowell Sonoran Preserve. In addition to climbing, we'll learn more about being good stewards of this precious and sensitive recreational resource.

    See http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/outdoor-rock-climbing-school/ for more information

  • AMC Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School - Day 4

    Participants to be notified prior to class

    We'll spend the day top-rope climbing. The location will be announced at a later date.

  • AMC Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School Day 5 - Self Rescue

    This is Day 5 of the 5-day AMC Basic Outdoor Rock Climbing School.
    This day will be dedicated primarily to self-rescue skills practice in real-life scenarios on real-life rock.
    Details including the specific location will be communicated directly to students and supporting instructors.

  • Manny Rangel- Climbing in Stewart Pocket!

    Online event

    Arizona climbers can scramble, dyno, jam, edge, chimney, stem, lie-back, mantel, smear, pinch and in general, climb at dozens of established areas in the North, South, East and West. Who found these crags and set these routes? Manny Rangel! Manny has been climbing and developing routes in Arizona for over forty years.

    Now, Manny’s focus in an area known as Stewart Pocket, that has seen a surge of development recently. It has been a mostly undeveloped recreation and climbing area, located a couple miles southeast of Payson, AZ, along East Granite Dells Road. As the name implies, it is a scenic basin (pocket) surrounded by granite towers, boulders, domes and ridges. Average elevation within the pocket is 5,000 feet, and the area is a beautifully forested pinyon pine and juniper woodland.

    Manny writes: “Since I was first invited to climb at Stewart Pocket with Scary Larry in the late 80s. I've been happily enjoying the place by myself with a few partners and friends. I am really glad to see it get more love. If you love exploring and climbing a little, this should be your next stop. This presentation will give an overview of the locations and approaches to several crags. There are a few crags that are still under development but don't expect crowds. I've only seen a "crowd" at Whipper Wall, the Joint and Stewart Peak. I'll focus on these four crags during this presentation. “

    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 Anchors School - Day 1

    Online event

    Do NOT RSVP to register for this AMC Anchors School! All RSVPs will be "waitlisted". AMC membership and a $125 class fee is required.

    For class details as well as registration and payment information, please see the AMC website at
    http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/anchors-school/

    Special Notice - Participation will be strictly limited to a student group size of 10 max. Conduct of this class is predicated on the COVID-19 transmission status for Maricopa County at "Moderate" or better as determined and reported by the AZDHS. If that requirement is not met by the scheduled date of this class, the 3-day Anchors School will be postponed or cancelled. COVID-19 transmission information is available at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-community

    The AMC Anchors School runs over three sessions (one evening and a full weekend) to teach the fundamentals of building safe climbing anchors of every variety:
    Thursday evening (on line) - Intro and Anchor Principles
    Saturday outside - Demonstration and practice of knots and anchors
    Sunday on-the-rock - Practice designing & building real life anchors

    The AMC Anchors School complements the AMC Outdoor Rock Climbing School to provide training in all the skills necessary to enable safe top rope rock climbing. You will receive a comprehensive manual and lecture topics combined with hands-on learning, including a Sunday on the rock setting real anchors in a variety of situations.

  • AMC Anchors School - Day 2

    North Mountain Park

    Special Notice - Participation will be strictly limited to a group size of 18 people max. Conduct of this class is predicated on compliance with City of Phoenix limitations for park usage at the scheduled date for this class. In addition, the COVID-19 transmission status for Maricopa County as determined and reported by the AZDHS must be at "Moderate" or better; information available at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-community

    Day 2 - This is an all-day session outdoors dedicated to learning essential climbing knots and the broad spectrum of anchor systems appropriate to both sport and trad climbing.

    See http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/anchors-school/ to register or for more information

  • AMC Anchors School - Day 3

    Sullivan's Canyon

    Day 3 - This is an all-day session outdoors dedicated to learning to place a variety of removable protection, solving anchor challenges, and building various real-life anchor systems.

    Registration & fee required - see http://arizonamountaineeringclub.net/schools/anchors-school/ to register or for more information

  • Sam Foreman presents Superstition Revival!

    Online event

    Have you heard the uncompromising declarations of rotten rock? Have you been runout on a crumbling face above a mangy bolt installed by some pranksters in the 70s? Have you been sandbagged by some guy that used pieces of his bed frame for protection? While these reputations may be somewhat true, the adventures found in the Superstition Mountains are worth more than gold. Phoenix native, Sam Foreman, has been obsessed with adventure and climbing in the Superstitions. He will share his experiences hoping that everyone else will be inspired to find their own treasures there as well.

    Foreman will give an overview of some new routes he’s developed with friends. The climbing areas included will be the Flatiron, the Motherlode, and the Sundial Spire. Join us and be inspired by Sam Foreman to explore and climb in the Sups, hope to see you there!

    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 Basic Canyoneering School

    Tom Seeley

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

    PLEASE NOTE: You are not officially on the student list until we receive your class registration and payment. 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.

    Requirements:
    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 2020).