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Snow skills classes in AZ

Postby karuzi » Tue Oct 09, 2007 2:21 pm

Hi,
Does anyone on the board know of any snow skills courses offered in AZ?
We would like to attempt Humphrey's this winter and would like some basic instruction before doing so.

Thanks in advance for any help with this!

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Postby AzScott » Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:20 pm

For any snow skills class, you'd probably have to look around the Flagstaff area. There aren't any major outfitters in the Valley that I know of, but I'll forward your request to a group that could be of some use.

I will say this, though, that Humphreys in the winter (as long as the weather cooperates) is a very straight-forward ascent. You'll need snowshoes or skis if the snow is deep, but ice axe and crampons are only rarely needed up there. Since I assume you'll be climbing it from the Snowbowl, you'll be on a west-facing slope that often doesn't hold a whole lot of snow (compared to Colorado at least), and you should only need basic winter essential gear.

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Postby trekkin_gecko » Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:53 pm

pick up an arizona mountaineering club newsletter at the tempe REI or phoenix rock gym
one of the members does quite a bit of winter stuff, and he might be able to provide training or direct you to someone who does
his name is erik filsinger and he's one of the club officers, or used to be
i'm sure his number or email address is in the newsletter
the website might have the newsletter
http://www.azmountaineeringclub.org/main/contact.html
there is a link to an alpine email address and i'll bet it goes to erik
they occasionally have outings to winter climbs outside of AZ
good luck

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Thanks - AZScott!

Postby karuzi » Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:26 pm

Thanks for the info. -- I hope to hear back from AMC soon!

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Postby AzScott » Wed Oct 10, 2007 1:50 pm

Check out kachinapeaks.org. Might be what you're looking for (tip thanks to a member of arizonahikers)

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