2019 Climbing School

About The School

The New Mexico Mountain Club Technical Climbing Section hosts an annual climb school open to all members. The course is designed as an introduction to students to learn how to stay safe while climbing. It is not intended to make you a better climber, but a safer climber. You will have the opportunity to learn and practice basic climbing knots, rope management, climber communication, belaying, and rappelling.

Skills Taught in the Course

  1. Ropes, Knots and Hitches.

  2. Coil a Rope with butterfly/pack-coil method.

  3. Throw rope for top rope or rappel use.

  4. Demonstrate/explain use of standard climbing signals used by the NMMC.

  5. Belay and climb skills - e.g. rope tie-in; loading and use of belay device; exchange of verbal, visual, and hands on safety checks; use of standard climb signals.

    • Belay from lower stance, catching and holding a climber's top rope fall.

    • Belay from upper stance, catching and holding a climber’s top rope fall.

    • Lead belay, catching and holding a climber's lead fall.

    • Demonstrate top rope climbing.

  6. Rappel Skills (protected by backup belay).

    • Demonstrate low or high angle rappel using mechanical rappel device.

    • Demonstrate high angle rappel using rappel device, including leg-wrap tie-off.

  7. Ascend an anchored top rope with prusik hitches; include backup tie-offs (protected by backup belay).

  8. Tie off a fallen climber with a mule knot to "hands free” (protected by backup belay).

  9. Demonstrate cleaning sport anchors.

  10. Participate in a multi-pitch climb.

School Dates

Before registering for the school, please ensure you are available on the following dates.

Attendance of all classes is mandatory unless noted.

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Session 1: Knot Night - Introductory lecture & knot practice
Location: TBD

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 OR Sunday, April 7th, 2019 (7am - all day)
* students will attend only one of these days
Outdoor Session 1
Location: Lower La Cueva Canyon

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 (7am - all day)
Outdoor Session 2
Location: White Rock

Saturday, April 20th, 2019 (7am - all day)
Outdoor Session 3
Location: Box Canyon, Socorro

May 2019
Climb School Class Discussion & Final Exam - Date and location to be determined
Climb School Party - Date to be determined

April - May 2019 (weekends)
Multi-Pitch Graduation Climbs
Dates will be coordinated privately with each student

For Leaders & Assistants

Those interested in participating as a leader or assistant in the climb school can email nmmcclimbing@gmail.com.

Gear Requirements

Coming soon

How To Sign Up

Interested students must preregister by emailing nmmcclimbing@gmail.com.

Official registration for the climbing school will be held at the New Mexico Mountain Club's General Meeting on February 20, 2019 at 7pm

Immanuel Presbyterian Church
114 Carlisle Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106