This course is the perfect opportunity to stay warm and play outside during the winter months. Warm days and cool nights in southern Arizona will fit perfectly into your winter break or Jan term. While base camping beneath the beautiful granite domes of Cochise Stronghold, you will learn, practice, and develop a wide range of rock climbing skills. You’ll focus on the basics of top-rope climbing at first, and then progress to topics including gear placement, lead climbing theory, multi-pitching and sport climbing, as well as vertical rescue and self rescue techniques. The basecamp structure of this course will maximize the time that you have to master the skills necessary to keep you climbing long after you finish your course. You’ll also have the opportunity to investigate the unique human and natural history that defines the desert southwest. Beyond an intensive education in rock climbing, this course will also feature the unrivaled NOLS leadership and environmental studies curriculum.