"The events of the past day have proven to me that I am wholly alive, and that no matter what transpires from here on in, I have truly lived."
— Anonymous climber

Start climbing bigger rocks!
There are few feelings that move your soul as standing on top of a 500 foot rock face! Your lips are chapped, your body is bruised and battered but none of that matters. Your excitment and adrenaline have washed all cares away. You have just completed a challenge that few can even dream. You have a view of your surroundings that can be gained by only one method, it must be climbed!

This course is for the intermediate to advanced climber who enjoys getting high the natural way, but needs more training in negotiating the specific risks of multi-pitch climbing. You will learn techniques such as route finding, belay station and rope management, self rescue and descent strategies, all while climbing in a beautiful and secluded area.

The Multi-Pitch Climbing Course gives you the ability to go beyond single-pitch climbs and closer to seemingly distant summits or tall rock faces. The course is designed for climbers who want to expand their mental, physical and spiritual experience with rock climbing. The added level of commitment requires sessions to be held over one or two full days.

All participants are required to have completed our Beginner I and Beginner II or Intermediate climbing courses or have equivalent knowledge and skill. All climbing gear is provided by us.

After this course you will be able to:
• Locate a suitable yet challenging route
• Choose gear and supplies for the approach and climb
• Use systematic safety checks
• Effectively communicate between climbers
• Belay a lead and following climber
• Remove climbing protection and clean climbing anchors
• Evaluate hazards such as rock fall, pedulums,
..or leader falls
• Recognize safe and secure belay locations
• Enjoy lots of quality multi-pitch climbing
• Assess route finding and climbing strategies
• Use multi-pitch belay techniques
• Manage the rope while belaying
• Rappel or descend safely from the climb

If you are confident with your abilities to climb trad and to set a good trad anchor at the top of a climb and you want to get some serious altitude, it's time to get on a multi-pitch climb. These are the goods right here: hundreds of feet up, exposure, stellar views, and a real sense of adventure.

The basic premises are mostly the same as setting a top-rope or trad anchor, but you also need to consider that the leader is going to climb above your anchor. This means you need to consider several things in your anchor: The Lead Swing, Multi-Directionality, and Fall Factors. We will discuss and practice these issues during the course and outline what your anchor needs to be safe, quick and convenient.

During these two day courses you will learn how to be efficient on the belay transitions and building solid anchor points. Lots of tips, tricks and safety measures will be revealed so that you can climb faster and with more confidence!


..Multi-Pitch - $485.00 p/p (2-Day Course - 2 person maximum)
..For just one person add $55 per course


..Class Size
..Maximum 2 per Instructor

..REI Members $10 Off / Bring-A-Friend $40 Off

..16 and Up

..Included rental rock shoes, harness, helmet

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

..8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring - 6am Summer

..Oral Test

..Lead climbing skills

..Course Info
..recommended reading for the course above:
..Traditional Lead Climbing by Heidi Pesterfield

To sign up for the Multi-Pitch Climbing 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: *October thru April, Multi-Pitch Climbing courses start at 8:30 at the Superstition Wilderness 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.

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.

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.