Beginner climbing half-day tours and full-day courses by our experienced and certified guides.

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Looking to have a great outdoor experience and also learn to climb? Well then, come join us on an adventure you won't soon forget! We also offer REI membership discounts on all of our scheduled climbing and canyoneering courses.


Our instructors have AMGA, LNT and WFR certification and have a minimum of ten years of climbing and guiding experience. Here at the Arizona Climbing School you can expect professional instruction by highly knowledgable and qualified guides who make learning easy, fun and exciting.

Our courses take place in some of the most beautiful climbing areas in the Southwest, and our student to instructor ratios are conducive to learning and having a fun day on the rocks.

Beginner courses are held at a variety of locations - Fall, Winter and Spring courses are held mainly in North Scottsdale at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Summer courses are held near Prescott.

We also offer a three-day Beginner Climbing Camp in Joshua Tree N.P. (Fall - Spring) and a two-day Beginner I & II Climbing Course on Mt. Lemmon in Tucson (click on for more info). Or if you're just looking for a "taste" of climbing with just the very basic instruction, try our Half-Day Beginner Climbing Tour. The schedule for our Beginner Courses is listed near the bottom of this page and on our climbing schedule's link.

These course's are designed to provide personalized and comprehensive instruction at a basic level, allowing you to develop a solid foundation upon which to build more advanced climbing knowledge and skills. With a small student-to-instructor ratio you can expect to maximize your learning, safety, success and enjoyment as well as minimize impact on the Sonoran desert environment.

Note: Course prices include rental climbing shoes, belaying device (ATC) w/locking carabiner, harness and helmet.





Feel the excitement and adrenaline rush of your first outdoor rock climb! If you've never climbed before or have limited experience, this is the course for you. Rock climbing's special combination of mental and physical challenges make it a unique experience. Once you've tried it, you're hooked.

The intrinsic rewards that come from combining concentration, agility, balance, strength and judgement are unequalled in any other sport. Nothing heightens the senses more than the combination of delight and relief that comes from reaching the top of a demanding rock climbing route. Whatever standard you rock climb at, from novice to expert, these feelings remain the same. The key lies in seeking out new and exciting challenges.

Curriculum begins with our specialized "ground school", in which we focus on the basics.

This includes:
...Balance
...Weight distribution
...Energy conservation
...Choreographing moves

Note: You can expect to spend 30% of the day at "ground school" and 70% climbing.

These
confidence-building exercises in balance, technique and trust are key to your individual progress and enjoyment of rock climbing.


Our instruction also includes detailed explanations on:
...Equipment - proper use
..... and care
...Knots
...Safety protocols
...Hands-on belaying
...Communication signals
...Climbing terminology

The remainder of the day you are on top-rope protected climbs of up to 150 feet on high angled rock faces. Superior and personalized climbing instruction makes for a quality learning experience. Available as a one-day and half-day course. We also suggest taking our Beginner II, Intermediate Climbing Course and Anchors Course before you set out on your own. You will need a daypack (we rent daypacks if needed).



NOTE: Our Half-Day Beginner Climbing Tour covers only the basics of rock climbing but expect to have fun and excitement with some fantastic views.



..Cost


..$155 per person* (1-Day Course/ 6-8 hours)
..$105 per person 1/2-day tour with 3 or more persons-no discounts
..$125 per person for full day with 3 or more persons-no discounts
..Note: 1/2-day courses are held at McDowell Preserve & Prescott
..Not available in Tucson, Joshua Tree, Prescott

..Dates .
.
See schedule below or click here

..Class Size .
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Minimum 2 - Maximum 6 per Instructor

..Discounts .
.REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $10 Off (one per group)
.FREE 114-page copy of "How To Climb" by Rock & Ice
.No Discounts on non-scheduled listed courses ($25 extra p/p)

..Ages
..12 and Up (Call us for age restrictions)

..Equipment
..Includes rental rock shoes, harness, helmet

..Location
..Scottsdale (Nov. - May) / Prescott (May - Oct.)
..Tucson (Feb. - Nov.) click here
..Joshua Tree (Jan. - May & Sept. - Dec.) click here

..Times .
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8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring

..Prereqs
..Written Test
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.
None
.Optional

..Rating
..Course Info
..recommended reading for the course above:
.. How to Rock Climb! (How To Climb Series) by John Long

..Skills/Fun ....Very High






A vital and essential part of the overall rock climbing experience - Rappelling, anchor set-ups and more climbing.

After a brief review of the basic fundamentals (knots, self-check, etc.), it's back to the rock to learn the fine art of setting up a safe and effective rappelling system that you will rappell off. Done right, rappelling is a fantastic experience. Part of the initial thrill is fear, at least for most people. ACAS gives the student the opportunity to feel the excitement while at the same time learning and understanding the techniques involved in self-rescue and fear management.

We wil also cover a variety of basic top rope anchoring system concepts - including artificial and natural anchor placements. This course includes practical information on ropes, carabiners, webbing, cordelettes, harnesses, rappelling devices and more.


As you continue to refine the basics, you'll encounter new and varied climbing opportunities and be exposed to more challenging rock. We also suggest taking our Beginner III Course (below), our extensive Intermediate Climbing Couse and/or Anchors Course before you set out on your own. Available as a one-day course for the serious beginner climber. You will need a daypack (we rent daypacks if needed).



..Cost


..$155 per person* (1-Day Course/ 6-8 hours)
..Group Rates* (3 or more - $145 per person for full day)

..Dates .
.
See schedule below or click here

..Class Size .
.
Minimum 2 - Maximum 6 per Instructor

..Discounts .
.REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $10 Off (one per group)
.FREE 114-page copy of "How To Climb" by Rock & Ice
.No Discounts on non-scheduled listed courses ($25 extra p/p)

..Ages
..12 and Up (Call us for age restrictions)

..Equipment
..Includes rental rock shoes, harness, helmet

..Location
..Scottsdale (Nov. - May) / Prescott (May - Oct.)
..Tucson (Feb. - Nov.) click here
..Joshua Tree (Jan. - May & Sept. - Dec.) click here

..Times .
.
8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring

..Prerequisites
..Written Test
.
.
None
.Optional

..Rating
..Course Info
..recommended reading for the course above:
.. How to Rock Climb! (How To Climb Series) by John Long

..Skills/Fun Factor ....Very High






A combined two-day climbing course package with all of the above instruction - plus! An ideal learning experience for the hiker, backpacker and adventure racer who wants to take it to the next step! These courses are for people who have had little or no prior technical rock climbing experience, or for those who have climbed before but desire a thorough review of the basics. They are also appropriate for people whose climbing experience has been limited to the constrained environments of indoor gyms.

Our Beginner Rock Course's are NOT “partially supervised tourist climbing experiences with uncertified* instructors”, constrained to give you only a taste of climbing without really providing effective instruction. Our courses take place on real rock and our student to instructor ratios are conducive to learning.

This course is designed to provide comprehensive instruction at a basic level, allowing you to develop a solid foundation upon which to build more advanced climbing knowledge and skills. Curriculum begins with our specialized "ground school", in which we focus on the basics.

This includes; balance, weight distribution, energy conservation, choreographing individual moves and bouldering concepts. This
confidence-building exercise in balance, technique and trust are key to your individual progress and enjoyment of rock climbing. Our instruction also includes detailed explanations on equipment and its proper use and care, knots, safety protocols, hands-on belaying, communication signals and terminology.

We'll cover rappelling and the basic top rope anchoring system concepts - including artificial and natural anchor placements. As you continue to refine the basics, you'll encounter new and varied climbing opportunities and be exposed to more challenging rock. We also suggest taking our Beginner III Climbing Course, Intermediate Climbing Course and/or Anchors Course before you set out on your own. You will need a daypack (we rent daypacks if needed).



..Cost


..$290 per person* (2-Day Course/ 6-8 hours per day)
..Group Rates* (3 or more - $245 per person for full day)

..Dates .
.
See schedule below or click here

..Class Size .
.
Minimum 2 - Maximum 6 per Instructor

..Discounts .
.REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $10 Off (one per group)
.FREE 114-page copy of "How To Climb" by Rock & Ice
.No Discounts on non-scheduled listed courses ($25 extra p/p)

..Ages
..12 and Up (Call us for age restrictions)

..Equipment
..Includes rental rock shoes, harness, helmet

..Location
..Scottsdale (Nov. - May) / Prescott (May - Oct.)
..Tucson (Feb. - Nov.) click here
..Joshua Tree (Jan. - May & Sept. - Dec.) click here

..Times .
.
8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring

..Prerequisites
..Written Test
.
.
None
.Optional

..Rating
..Course Info
..recommended reading for the course above:
.. How to Rock Climb! (How To Climb Series) by John Long

..Skills/Fun Factor ....Very High






This is our "all about the climbing" course with an emphasis on improving flexibility, learning about injury prevention and refining face climbing techniques. This course is designed for the beginner climber who has already taken our Beginner I & II Climbing Course or has equivalent knowledge and proficiency in belaying, knot tying, rappelling and anchor set-ups

Course Objectives:
1. Safe stretching techniques for the muscle groups commonly stressed/injured while rock climbing.
2. An understanding of how to prevent and care for injuries commonly incurred while rock climbing (sprains, strains, tendonitis and other joint/muscle injuries).
3. Improvement in face and crack climbing techniques.
4. An ability to assess one’s strengths and weaknesses as a beginning climber.

After a brief review of safety and belaying protocols be prepared to spend the entire day climbing, climbing and more climbing! Climbs will vary from 5.6 to 5.9.

We also suggest taking our Intermediate Climbing Course and Anchors Course before you set out on your own.



..Cost


..$310 per person* (2-Day Course/ 6-8 hours per day)
..Group Rates* (3 or more - $225 per person for full day)

..Dates .
.
See schedule below or click here

..Class Size .
.
Minimum 2 - Maximum 6 per Instructor

..Discounts .
.REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $10 Off (one per group)
.No Discounts on non-scheduled or altered listed courses ($25 extra p/p)
.FREE 114-page copy of "How To Climb" by Rock & Ice

..Ages
..12 and Up (Call us for age restrictions)

..Equipment
..Includes rental rock shoes, harness, helmet

..Location
..Scottsdale (Nov. - May) / Prescott (May - Oct.)
..Tucson (Feb. - Nov.) click here
..Joshua Tree (Jan. - May & Sept. - Dec.) click here

..Times .
.
8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring

..Prerequisites
..Written Test
.
.
None
.Optional

..Rating
..Course Info
..recommended reading for the course above:
.. How to Rock Climb! (How To Climb Series) by John Long

..Skills/Fun Factor ....Very High






Are you tired of the crowded and noisy indoor walls where you learned to climb? Feel the need for fresh air and excitement?

We can show you how easy it is to do this safely, you might have heard how different it is outside? Its true! You need to learn the basics of outdoor ropework, anchor setups, equipment limitations and much more. Designed for the indoor rock gym climber who is looking to expand his or her climbing experience. This course is for the entry to mid-level indoor climber in need of a solid foundation of skills from belaying to rappelling to top rope anchoring methods, and the many variations of these systems.

Following this comprehensive course and evaluation, climbers will be comfortable setting up their own top roped climbs without expert supervision. The day will be packed with instruction, practical application, full systems reviews, and climbing. Note: This course does not cover trad or sport lead instruction or trad gear placement.

Learn how indoor and outdoor climbing compliment each other and how real rock adds a third dimension to climbing. We also suggest taking our Lead Climbing Course, Intermediate Climbing Course and/or Anchors Course before you set out on your own. You will need a daypack (we rent daypacks if needed).
This is a two day course for the experienced indoor climber only.



..Cost


..$320 per person* (2-Day Course/ 6-8 hours per day)
..Group Rates* (3 or more - $235 per person for 7 - 9 hours)
..See additional discounts below

..Dates .
.
See schedule below or click here

..Class Size .
.
Minimum 2 - Maximum 6 per Instructor

..Discounts .
.REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $10 Off (one per group)
.FREE 114-page copy of "How To Climb" by Rock & Ice

..Ages
..12 and Up (Call us for age restrictions)

..Equipment
..Includes rental rock shoes, harness, helmet

..Location
..Scottsdale (Nov. - May) / Prescott (May - Oct.)
..Joshua Tree N.P. 3-day Beginner Climbing Camp (click here)

..Times .
.
8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring

..Prerequisites
..Written Test
.
.
None
.Optional

..Rating
..Course Info
..recommended reading for the course above:
.. How to Rock Climb! (How To Climb Series) by John Long

..Skills/Fun Factor ....Very High



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NOTE: There is camping available at or near our climbing locations - Call us for details.




To sign up for a course call or email us to check availability. If a course is open click on the On-line Application Form or go to our application and map (meeting point) site, print out both the Application (PDF), Map and Waiver. Fill out the application and fax or mail it to us (don't fax the waiver, just bring it the day of your course).

Note: *Summer courses start at 6:00 a.m. - October thru April Beginner courses start at 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 depending upon weather at the designated pick-up point. Call us the day before your course starts to verify start time. Bring your own snacks, lunch, water, sunblock and wear appropriate clothing. Camera (disposable), writing pad and pen are recommended.
*Summer courses - May 1 thru September 30.



course cancellations
While it is unlikely, if the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School cancels a course due to insufficient reservations or conditions beyond our control (weather, etc.); alternate dates or refunds will be given as preferred. If you cancel within 14 days prior to your session, rescheduling your course can be expected. There are no refunds on gift certificates. If you fail to show at the designated meeting place at the appointed time you will be charged for the course - there are no exceptions. If you would like to reschedule within 48-hours of the course's starting date, you may do so. To receive a full monetary refund (minus a 20% handling fee), 14 days notice is required (expect a refund within 2 billing cycles or 60-days of your course date). You may also want to purchase travel insurance due to cancellations – click here for more information.

liability
Although we spare no effort to assure a safe program, we can assume no responsibility for your safety or loss of personal equipment. In a sport of this nature an element of risk is inherent and beyond human control. A signed release (waiver) will be required of all participants. A parent or guardian release is required for students under the age of 18. These can be obtained in advance by contacting our office or downloading from our website.





health benefits of climbing:
For a rock climber, reaching the top is not the point.

Like rearing children, rock climbing is the journey that matters most if you are climbing for fitness.

Whether their journey lasts two hours or two days, rock climbers can benefit from a mental workout as well as a physical one, according to competitive climber Michelle Hurni, president of the Colorado-based American Sport Climbers Federation (ASCF). Physically, rock climbing burns fat while strengthening muscles if pursued at a vigorous pace. Mentally, rock climbers exercise their ability to focus fully on a single task, an increasingly rare occurrence in this age of multitasking.
Climbers also get practice confronting their fears- the fear of heights, the fear of falling, the fear of equipment failure. Ultimately, the sport can improve your self-confidence - if you learn how to climb safely, that is.

how many calories will rock climbing burn?
Ascending a natural rock wall burns up to 700 calories an hour if you weigh 140 pounds or up to 974 calories an hour if you weigh 190 pounds. Rock-climbing sessions tend to last at least six or seven hours.

further advantages:
In addition to offering an anaerobic and aerobic workout, rock climbing exercises almost every muscle group, according to Hurni of the ASCF. Rock climbing two or more times a week improves your strength, muscular and cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and mental toughness. click here for more info




Our select staff are certified outdoor guides and have received extensive training from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Outward Bound Wilderness (OBW). the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA), Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), Climb Smart! and Leave No Trace (LNT) or are members and partners of the American Alpine Club, Arizona Mountain Group Association, American Safe Climbing Association and Access Fund. They follow strict procedural guidelines and safety protocols set by these institutes and by the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School (ACAS).




Arizona Climbing and Adventure School is a unique opportunity for individuals to experience the spirit, courage and exploration of the Southwest. It is an initiation into the unexpected, a chance to accomplish something very exciting and to discover strengths you never knew you had. Additionally, the Arizona Climbing and Adventure School provides education in wilderness skills and working effectively with others.

To achieve a high learning curve among our students we keep our groups small in size. We consider the impact on the safety and flexibility of the group above all. Everyone knows that large groups and large student-to-instructor ratios are what make money for a guide service. But we feel that groups and ratios compromise the safety, enjoyment and success of individual participants. Better for you and better for us.

Having smaller groups also means you receive more attention and guidance from our professionals when you need it the most.

The skills you must learn in order to safely and ecologically negotiate the terrain, climate and altitude in which our courses are offered include:

• safety skills for travel through rigorous terrain.

• how to pack a backpack.

• physical fitness

• competence with map and compass, gps, route selection, navigation.

• rope use and knot tying, bowline, water knot, square knot, clove hitch, half hitch, figure eight

• basic first aid so that every student can handle reasonable emergencies and recognizes and aid in treating illness related to altitude, hypothermia, fatigue.

• rescue preparedness

• rock climbing, belaying, backpacking, canyoneering, rappelling, anchors.

• campcraft including minimum impact camping, ecological considerations, wilderness cooking, food selection and nutrition.

• water purification, hygiene and sanitation.

• care of equipment, ropes, clothing, packs, etc.

• environmental stewardship and Leave No Trace (LNT) techniques.

• safety from storms, flash floods and lightning.