Canyoneering, Guiding, Training and Giving Back to the People of Nepal.
Giving back is part of the tradition of the Arizona Mountaineering Club. As an all-volunteer club, members donate their time teaching new climbers safety and climbing skills in our climbing schools, do trail stewardship (e.g. in the McDowells), and pick up trash along the AMC ADOT adopt-a-mile Oak Flat section on Highway 60 in Queen Creek. Tom and Kasen upped the ante this past June with a volunteer outreach trip to share canyoneering skills with the people of Nepal.
The people of the Himalayas live in a harsh environment, with few amenities and services that Westerners take for granted. Tom and Kasen recount their travels and the adventure travel programs they set up to help the local orphanages in Kathmandu. The training programs they ran for Nepalese guides help promote canyoneering as a much needed sustainable source of income.
Nepal has the densest concentration of World Heritage Sites. Kathmandu valley alone has 7 World Heritage Cultural sites within a radius of 15 kilometers. Tom and Kasen will talk about a few of these incredible places that they visited.
As usual, the Arizona Mountaineering Club meeting is open to all and FREE. Bring your family, invite your friends!