People of Color Climbing & Leadership Expedition

POC Climbing and Leadership Expedition

Hone your top-rope site management skills on this three-day climbing course for leaders in the Brown Girls Climb and Brothers of Climbing communities. In Arizona’s Cochise Stronghold, an area renowned for its rocky outcrops and unique desert environment, you will practice building top rope anchors, learn to safely manage single pitch top rope sites, and learn new single pitch rescue techniques. These skills will help you become a confident backcountry climbing leader. You will also learn techniques for leading backcountry expeditions such as planning rations, backcountry cooking, and group management. These lands are ancestral Chiricahua Apache lands, and NOLS respectfully acknowledges the indigenous peoples, past and present, on whose lands we conduct our courses. 

In addition to climbing skills, you’ll also focus on growing as a leader. Setting goals becomes a lesson in self-leadership, while living in a small community becomes your opportunity to work on skills like communication. On this course you will practice assessing risk and developing judgment to make decisions when you’re climbing. From these experiences, you’ll find and strengthen your own leadership style. By the end, you’ll have gained new leadership and climbing skills that you can continue to build upon in your professional and personal climbing career. 



Course Details

Course dates March 29 - March 31, 2019
  Arrive March 28 by 5:00 PM; depart March 31 at 5:00 PM
Activity Top rope rock climbing
Course location Cochise Stronghold, AZ
Fly in/out Tucson, AZ
Cost $625
  $25 deposit for equipment rentals 
Documents Course Description (coming soon)
  Equipment List (coming soon)
  Travel and Logistics (coming soon)

Registration deadline February 15, 2019

A minimum of eight students must be signed up by February 15, 2019 for this program to run.

Course itinerary:

Pre-course webinar: date TBD
Attend an online pre-course webinar hosted by NOLS instructors. In order to maximize time climbing and learning, participants can join this webinar to get an introduction to crucial expeditionary skills. We'll talk about packing for the course, planning rations, and what to expect once you arrive at NOLS Southwest!

Thursday, March 28
5:00 PM Arrive at NOLS Southwest in Tucson, Arizona. A brief orientation at 5:30 will be followed by an introduction to group and personal equipment. Dinner will be provided. This evening instructors will facilitate an orientation to NOLS policies and a conversation on positive course culture.

Friday, March 29
An early breakfast will be followed by packing gear into vehicles and departing for Cochise Stronghold by 9:00 AM. After a two-hour drive, you will arrive at Cochise Stronghold, establish a camp site, and each lunch. In the afternoon you will begin classes on how to set up top ropes using natural features and artifical anchors. After cooking together in the evening, instructors will meet with you one-on-one to briefly discuss your personal goals for the course. You will wrap up the day by gathering together before you fall asleep under the stars. 

Saturday, March 30
After cooking a delicious breakfast in camp, you will continue to build upon your skills as you practice assessing top rope sites, building anchors, and learning single-pitch rescue techniques. Instructors will coach you on climbing techniques and top rope risk management. Instructors will teach afternoon classes based on the goals of the group. After dinner in the evening, come together as a group to discuss POC leadership in the outdoor industry, opportunites, challenges, and avenues for growth and development, personally and professionally, in climbing.

Sunday, March 31 
Spend your last morning wrapping up skills, checking in with your NOLS instructors, and climbing a few routes. Around noon you will depart for NOLS Southwest to deissue your gear, debrief the course, and wrap up. Depart for home in the evening energized and motivated to continue building your backcountry rock climbing and expeditionary skills. 

For more information contact:
NOLS Custom Education
800-710-6657 ext. 2720