Author: Jamie Leland


Sign up for an AZWCC home workout

Our gyms are closed and our clinics postponed thanks to COVID-19, but you can still stay in climbing shape at home. If you’d like to access this 30 minute home workout designed by our very own Laura Schmidt, please provide your name and email and we will send you the link and password!



Chapter meet-ups and clinics suspended in response to COVID-19

As the spread of COVID-19 continues to evolve and progress, the Arizona Women’s Climbing Coalition believes it is in the best interest of the organization and the community to suspend all chapter meet-ups and clinics for the remainder of March. During this time, the AZWCC will closely monitor protocols released by the Center for Disease Control and local health organizations until meet-ups can safely continue.

AZWCC prides itself not only as a leader of climbing safety, but as a leader in physical and mental health safety as well. To decrease the spread of COVID-19, many organizations have taken similar protocol, including the temporary closures of schools, faith-based community events, and large scale events.

We, too, hope that the temporary suspension of meet ups will decrease the potential of exposure to at risk individuals in our own communities. We will continue to monitor the containment of this global pandemic over the next two weeks and will announce how we choose to proceed at the end of the month.

Your feedback is important to us. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, our email is always open to communication.

The Arizona Women’s Climbing Coalition apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to joining organizations worldwide as we fight to keep this community safe, healthy, and climbing for a lifetime.


Win admission to Focus Route Setting Night and learn how to set

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The AZWCC is sponsoring two women to attend Focus Climbing Center’s “Members Route Setting Night” for an opportunity to learn the basics of route setting with the Focus setting team. This event will take place on March 10, 2020 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at Focus Climbing Center in Mesa. To get the most out of this class, participants should be able to climb V3 consistently. No setting experience necessary.

If you’re interested in attending this event, please fill out the form below for a chance to learn about route setting courtesy of the AZWCC.

You do not have to be a Focus member to be eligible to win. Enter by March 4. Two winners will be contacted by email or phone on March 5. Winners must respond to an AZWCC representative within 48 hours or AZWCC will move on to next eligible winner. You must be age 18+ and be able to attend the event to be eligible for this contest.



AZWCC hosts first camp out

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The AZWCC is hosting its first camp out at Priest Draw on Saturday, June 29th and 30th. AZWCC staff will be informally climbing at Priest Draw from 1 p.m. until sundown. After, we will be hosting an evening of fireside chats and s’mores. Sunday morning will include “Rise and Shine” yoga before we say our goodbyes.

If you would like to join AZWCC co-founders and staff for climbing, please plan on meeting at Priest Draw by noon to set up your campsite before hiking into the climbing area. Campsites will be limited, and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Please be aware that climbing is an inherently dangerous sport. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, and climbing is done so at your own risk.

This is a bring your own gear, bring your own food event.

Suggested camping gear

  • Tent
  • Ground pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Appropriate clothing for Flagstaff in June
  • Utensils (cup, bowl, fork, spoon, knife, etc)
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Food
  • Toiletries
  • Favorite wine for campfire chats
  • Day Pack
  • Yoga mat
  • Trash bag

Suggested climbing gear

  • Climbing shoes
  • Chalk bag
  • Bouldering pad (bouldering pads can be rented through Focus Climbing Center in Mesa or from Beta Bouldering Gym in Flagstaff)
  • Optional accessories such as tape, brushes, etc.

Bathroom information

Priest Draw is primitive camping, meaning there are no formal bathrooms available. The Arizona Women’s Climbing Coalition practices “Leave No Trace” ethics, meaning pack it in, pack it out. Always leave the climbing area better than you found it.


Womxn only.
This is an 18+ event. Although we love your children, please make this a girls trip and leave the kiddos at home.

Please register through our Facebook event, our website, or by emailing


AZWCC partners with #SafeOutside

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The Arizona Women’s Climbing Coalition (AZWCC) has partnered with #SafeOutside, an independent grassroots initiative designed to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault (SHSA) within the climbing and outdoor community. Although we’d like to think our communities are less susceptible to SHSA than society at large, the evidence unfortunately shows we are not, based on a large survey conducted within the climbing community.

Sexual harassment and assault exists at our local crags, in climbing gyms, and on international expeditions. Our goal is to destigmatize SHSA and facilitate a positive conversation using facts and education.

To learn how to join us in action, please visit the #SafeOutside landing page at