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|Skills, skills and more skills: NOLS Instructor Hampton Uzzelle teaches students how to build an anchor. |
© Deborah Sussex
The granite cliffs, buttes and ridges of Arizona’s Santa Teresa Mountains have been shaped and weathered into strikingly picturesque formations. Here deep canyons, rocky domes, tall spires and bald summits dominate the landscape, creating a wilderness rock climber’s dream.
For 21 days, you’ll hike, camp and climb among these granite outcrops, learning comprehensive desert travel skills including beginning rock climbing, belaying, knots, rope handling, signals, top-roping and rappelling, as well as more advanced topics like climbing ethics, protection placement, anchor building, “mock” leading and even lead climbing if you’re ready. There will also be an opportunity to do multi-pitch climbs on the larger domes in the area. Along the way, you’ll develop into a solid desert traveler who can interpret and understand the natural environment in this unique wilderness area.
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