Learn how to Trad Climb with the AMC
Climbers (or anyone interested in learning to climb),
Just posting an announcement for an introductory climbing course being offered by the AMC in the early Spring. The Appalachian Mountain Club (www.outdoors.org) is a non-profit community that is broken into regions throughout the Northeast. Within each region, there are committees that organize outdoor weekend excursions for hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, etc. ONCE a year, the climbing committee of the NY-Northen NJ Chapter offers a four day introductory course for 18 lucky students that teaches what you need to know to safely set up toprope anchors and second (or follow) trad leaders on multi-pitch climbs (like those at the Gunks). In addition, if you pass the course, you will be included on the committee's roster, instantly providing you with other safe climbing partners to hit the Gunks with on weekends and invitations to planned trips to nearby climbing areas like Rumney, the Adirondacks and Seneca Rocks…even occasionally to less nearby locations like Red Rocks and El Potrero Chico.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, check out the link below for more information (dates/equipment costs/schedule/timeline, etc) and also for the application itself:
http://www.amc-ny.org/recreational-activities/climbing
(Please take the form submission seriously, as we always get more applicants than slots available in the course and typically have nothing else to go on in deciding who we offer a spot to)
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at climbing.trainingclass@amc-ny.org, but please be understanding if the responses are terse - we get a lot of questions, and remember we're all volunteers!