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AMC Advanced Rock Climbing Seminar: Crack Climbing

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The Arizona Mountaineering Club Advanced Rock Climbing Series Seminar Presents: Crack Climbing Basics

Mike Stubing will lead a seminar on crack climbing. This series will consist of an evening (classroom) session and a one day outdoor session (to be held at Sullivan's Canyon). The general outline is:

Classroom session:

- 2 1/2 hours (6:30 pm to 9 pm)
- Intro to general crack types
-General theory of crack technique
-Discussion of crack size and how it shapes climbing- focus on the correlation between type of foot and hand jam (tips, fingers, off-fingers, thin hands, hands, wide hands, and the dreaded off-width) and crack size
-Specific techniques for jamming different size cracks (as listed above) through demonstration and graphics
-Taping demonstration and practice

Some handouts will be provided. Please feel free to bring a notebook to write on, snacks, and drinks (non-alcoholic).

Outdoor session:

-Demonstration of various foot and hand jams for different size cracks
-Hands-on experience: participants will climb cracks of various sizes with personalized instruction

Emphasis in the outdoor session will be on learning proper technique, then putting that to use on several types of cracks. And on having fun!

Dates: April 16th (Site Consultants, Inc.) and April 19th (Sullivans's Canyon)


Site Consultants, Inc.

113 S. Rockford Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281

It is located between McClintock and the 101 off of Rio Salado. If headed in from the west at the McClintock/Rio Salado intersection, head east and take a right on Rockford. If headed in from the east at the 101/Rio Salado intersection, head west and take a right on Rockford. We are the second building on the left/east side of the street.

At the classroom we will coordinate the meetUp for Saturday's Instruction. And, we will address what to bring, what not to bring, and all the logistics necessary to conduct the class (Directions to Sullies, where we will meet on Saturday morning, etc.).

For additional information NOT covered above:

Please contact David A Sampson or Mike Stubing




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