Arizona rappelling tours at the McDowell Sonoran Mountain Preserve starting at $105 per person.
Phoenix and Scottsdale rappelling tours with experienced and certified guides.


Depending on your needs we offer this course in four different levels - Our complete and thorough two-day Rappelling and Anchors Course's focuses on the many aspects of rappelling on ropes utilizing a variety of devices and techniques and multiple anchor setups. You also have the option of our 1-day Basic Anchors, 1/2-day Rappelling Tours (which only cover the basics), 1-day Rappelling Course (which covers knots, self-rescue, equipment useage) or 2-day Extensive Anchors Course depending on your climbing needs. We are one of the very few guiding companies in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Prescott and Tucson that have AMGA/WFR certified instructors who can teach these courses safely - Have an experienced and certified instructor teach you!

In the minds of many experienced climbers, rappelling is the least favorite and the most stressful part of the climbing experience.  When ascending the rock; the anchors, rope and belay are all the catch-net should we take a fall.  In rappelling, we are completely hanging from our equipment and there is no back-up to the system so the system must be completely solid.

Rock climbing anchors are one of the most important things a rock climber needs to know how to setup. The anchor is essential in many aspects of rock climbing as well as rappelling. A climber needs to be able to produce a self-equalizing anchor with two fixed bolts as well as position an equalized anchor.

A simple concept to follow when you are setting up your anchors is S.R.E.N.E. This can be used for rappelling, top roping, or belaying.

What does S.R.E.N.E. stand for?

Strong: You will need to anchor your anchor to something strong and solid. This can be whatever you have available as long as you are positive that your anchor will be secure. A stout tree (not a dead tree), good bolts, or an immobile boulder will work for securing the anchor.

Redundant: The anchor should be made of multiple components. This way your whole anchor will not fail if a component fails. Some climbers will use two anchors for a back-up plan.

Equalized: Your load should be distributed amongst all components of the anchor. This will help to decrease the chance of components failing.

No Extension: If a component of your anchor fails, then you do not want your anchor to stretch and cause shock loading in the other components. Shock loading may cause other components to fail.

Cord or webbing anchors will equalize as well as create redundancy. They are also able to adjust the length and the position of the anchor. You do not want your anchor to rub on any rock or sharp edges as it may cause it to be cut or tear.

Great care should be taken in placing anchors, as they are very important. Your life may depend on the anchor that you set, so you want to be sure that you check it and then check it again.

You don`t need to be an athlete to gain tremendous knowledge, skill, and confidence in just two days. If you are fearful of heights, this is the course for you because you will be exposed to increasing heights only at a pace which is comfortable for you.

At the conclusion of this course, you will understand and be able to confidently use a wide array of equipment found in the world of ropes and rappelling. You will be confident in selecting and using the correct gear, maintaining and protecting your equipment, tying knots, setting bomb-proof anchors, establishing belay stations, communicating as partners, judging risks, and of course, lots and lots of rappelling.Instruction includes safety in all aspects of rappelling, types of materials used in manufacturing the equipment, care and storage of your gear, the physics of rappelling, equipment specifications and weight limitations, rope properties and selecting the proper one for the given situation, tying proper and strong knots, setting anchors, rappelling and belay devices, and understanding the communication and relationship between rappeller and belayer.

This is also the perfect course for anyone interested in canyoneering or adventure racing and needs certification for rope ascending and rappelling.

Topics will include:
• Multiple-point rock anchors
• Equalization
• Single and double rope rappels
• Back-up systems, rope coiling and release
• Equipment
• Safety, safety, safety!
• Non-extension and advanced belay systems
• Rescue techniques
• Proper placement of rock protection
.(spring loaded camming devices, nuts, and tri-cams)

Climbers will build anchors, remove anchors, hold simulated falls and utilize a variety of belay techniques. Every climber should take this course. Also covered are site selection, sitting/hanging belays, safety and equipment useage. Our equipment is professionally inspected and maintained so you can be assured of safety and learn with confidence.

Note: We do not place permanent bolt anchors, only utilize pre-excisting bolts in established climbing areas. You will learn how to check and test them for safety/reliability.


..$425.00 per person 2-Day Rappelling & Anchors Course
..$110.00 per person 1/2-Day Rappelling Tour - 3-person min. no discounts
..$145.00 per person 1-Day Rappelling Course - 2-person min. no discounts
..$385.00 per person 2-Day Extensive Anchors Course
..$185.00 per person 1-Day Basic Anchors Only Course


..Class Size
..Minimum 2 - Maximum 4 per Instructor

..Discounts .
REI Members $10 Off* / Bring-A-Friend (BAF) $15 Off - One per group

..16 and Up

..Included (rental harness, helmet, atc, etc.) except daypack

..Scottsdale (Oct. - May) / Prescott (May - Oct.)
..Tucson (Feb. - Nov.) click here

..6:00 am - Summer / 8:30 am - Fall /Winter/Spring/Summer

..Written Test

..Beginner climbing skills

..Course Info .
Pre-Course Info & Testing Materials will be emailed participant upon course sign-up

recommended reading for the course above:
...Rappelling: Rope Descending and Ascending Skills by Bob Gaines

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 Bouldering & Rappelling 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.

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.