Lead Climbing

This is an advanced climbing class.  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 lead belayer.  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, see Lead School Flyer – Fall 2017

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.

CLASS SCHEDULE FOR THE Fall 2017 Class:

Fall 2017 Class
Date Time Location
Tue  Sept 19 6:30pm – 9:30pm Chateau de Vie 5 Clubhouse 5900 N 83rd St Scottsdale  AZ
Thur Sept 21 6:30pm – 9:30pm Chateau de Vie 5 Clubhouse 5900 N 83rd St Scottsdale AZ
Sat   Sept 23 8:00am – 4:00pm Chino Valley – Sullivan's Canyon (weather permitting)
Sun  Sept 24 9:00am – 5:00pm Chino Valley Promised Land – (weather permitting)

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THE CLASS:

The following will not be needed the first night. You may want to listen to the gear lectures before making purchases.

  • All climbing gear (harness, prusiks, biners, etc.)
  • Helmet – mandatory for all on-rock sessions
      Specifically needed:

    • 2 20′ slings (untied length), preferably different colors
    • 2 10′ slings (untied length), preferably different colors
    • *Nut pick
    • *Quickdraws with biners – at least 5 per person
  • All pro that you own, which may include cams, hexes, wired nuts, Tri-cams, etc.
  • Consider combining with another person to have enough gear
  • Hiking boots or shoes with stiff soles for Saturday, climbing shoes for Sunday
  • Optional: kneepads for Saturday ($3-6 at Home Depot, $5 volleyball pads at sporting goods stores)

*If you don’t own this stuff, you can borrow this stuff from generous volunteer instructors

REGISTRATION INFO:

  • Cost: $125 plus membership if not already a member.  This fee is fully refundable.
  • The annual membership fee $40 for an individual and $50 for a family.  After June 30th, the membership fee is prorated for the remainder of the year: $20 for an individual and $25 for a family.  If joining after August 3oth, you have the option to pay a full year membership and be credited through next year (Bonus!).  Please note – the membership fee is non-refundable.
  • Payment may be made by PayPal or check.

If paying by PayPal, select from the options below:


Lead School



If paying by check, make it payable to ‘AMC Lead School’ for one of the amount options listed below:

  • Current AMC member – Class fee only: $125
  • New single AMC membership plus the class in Spring: $165.00
  • New family AMC membership plus the class in Spring: $175.00
  • New single AMC membership plus the Fall class: $145.00 for just this year or $165 for membership through next year
  • New family AMC membership plus the Fall class: $150.00 for just this year or $175 for membership through next year

For current snail mail address,  or for any questions or additional info contact Scott Kuchman at email: amcleadschool@gmail.com.

Refund policy: The cost of the class is fully refundable if you decide to cancel.

 

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