2017 Annual AMC Over the Rim Grand Canyon Clean-Up

It’s time again for the annual Grand Canyon Over-The-Rim Clean-up! For those new to this event, this is the AMC’s 25th year of providing a valuable public service at the Grand Canyon. We have scoured the slopes below Mather Point and spruced up the view from the ice cream store at Bright Angel Lodge. We have appeared in numerous home movies we have never seen and entertained scores of park visitors who ask, “Did you climb all the way from the bottom?” (And of course we always answer, “Yes!”)

Following the clean-up effort, we can get together for dinner at the campsite where we can end an awesome day with great company. Sunday morning, some of us will head out to clean below the bus stop west of Bright Angel Trailhead. We look forward to having you with us!
The Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th.

You must be a current AMC member and have participated in one of last year’s training sessions or one of this year’s training sessions listed below in order to go over the edge. 

WAITLIST – When you RSVP, you’ll be asked for your full name, email and phone number, how many years of prior participation and assigned to the waitlist.  We are using the waitlist function to verify membership and training. Individuals who do not respond to the questions when joining the waitlist or do not have current AMC membership may be moved to “Not Going” by the organizer.

This year we are asking participants to do 3 things:

1. RSVP via Meetup to include the information requested in the question.

2. Attend one of the rappel/prusik training session (see corresponding Meetup on 8/26/2017 and 9/2/2017).

3. Show up and pick up trash. 

T-Shirt Orders will be processed separately.

Trash Rappel Training: A special technique is used for areas that require rappelling. Training in this technique is required for anyone who wishes to “go over the edge” this year. We won’t be teaching any of these techniques on-site at the Canyon. Those who have not taken the training may still help out with other clean-up duties.  Please bring all the technical equipment listed below to Grand Canyon and your training session.

Look for separate Meetup for the training sessions below and enroll to participate.

Saturday, August 26th — Teddy Bear Wall, South Mountain Park (7 am *) Must be 18 or older.

Saturday, September 2th — Teddy Bear Wall, South Mountain Park (7 am *) Must be 18 or older. 

*We will assign people to time slots if the number of registered participants on any particular day warrants 2 groups.

Technical and Personal equipment needed for the Clean-up & practice sessions:

• Helmet

• 3 prusiks (4′, 6′, 10′ (untied length) 6mm cord)

• 1 climbing harness

 1 rappel device

• 6 locking carabiners minimum

• Personal anchor with locking carabiner

• 1 24″ sewn or tied sling (length when tied)

• High Top Hiking boots (no sandals or open-toed shoes)

• Gloves

• Long pants, long-sleeved shirt

• Sunscreen, lip balm

• Water & lunch

• Whistle

• Extra slings, webbing and lockers for anchors (in case we run out of club gear)

• Auto block w/carabiner (2-3’ (untied length)x 6mm cordage)

• Rain Gear (just in case)

Additional information about this event will be provided to registered participants at a later date.


These events are only successful due to the efforts of many VOLUNTEERS. If you have some time that you can devote to helping organize this event, please contact  John Furniss (john.v.furniss@gmail.com) at your earliest convenience. 

DISCLAIMER: Climbing is a personal choice and requires personal responsibility. Climbing and associate 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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