Virtual Clinic: Mental Training Skills for Climbing

Want to learn some mental climbing skills while you’re stuck at home? Join AZWCC Tucson on July 23rd at 6:00 for a virtual clinic! This clinic will explore fundamental mental training skills that you can apply to your climbing and all athletic pursuits. Learn how to manage fear, frustration, and anxiety, how to make appropriate risk decisions, and how to take action towards your inspiring goals. The clinic will include interactive drills, take-home exercises, and a Q&A session at the end.

This clinic will be lead by Laur Sabourin, the Head Trainer at The Warrior’s Way, a mental training organization that works with climbers and other high performers to show up as their best selves in life’s challenges. Laur is a climbing guide, route setter, and trainer based in Flagstaff, Arizona. They love working with climbers of all abilities to dive deeper into their experience and develop a lifelong love of the sport. As the Head Trainer for The Warrior’s Way, Laur develops and teaches mental training curriculum for recreational and elite athletes. They believe that a love-based approach to climbing creates space for playing with new challenges and enjoying the learning process. Laur loves all types of climbing, but they are most drawn to steep desert cracks and long, aesthetic walls.

Sign up here!


AZWCC Virtual Town Hall: Problematic Climb Names

The AZWCC will be hosting a virtual town hall on July 9 at 6 p.m. where the community will address the topic of problematic route names in Arizona. A panel of developers will be discussing the issue of route names that are offensive or degrading to a particular group of people or an experience directly related to a group of people.

The goals of this meeting are as follows:

  1. Discuss route names that are potentially damaging to particular groups of people
  2. Discuss potential methods of changing existing route names in an ethical manner
  3. Create communication between the general climbing public and developers
  4. Increase support for developers and route maintenance organizations
  5. Increase empathy for individual climbing experiences that differ from our own

We understand this topic is divisive with a wide range of varying opinions. The mission of this meeting is to create dialogue within our community on this difficult topic. Your opinion and your voice MATTERS.

We will be releasing the results of the surveys prior to the event. Thanks to all the members of the community who have contributed to this conversation so far. We hope to see you at the town hall!


Check out our Ally Interview Series

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The Arizona Women’s Climbing Coalition is launching its Ally Interview Series, where we will discuss how to become better allies to those around us with community leaders and partners from across the state. The interviews will take place every week on Instagram Live (@azwcc) at 6:00 p.m. each Wednesday, starting on May 6.

Coming up, we have…

  • May 6: Whitney Pesek, adaptive climber
  • May 13: Mother’s Day Edition
  • May 20: Luna Parker, trans climber

Check back for more info and interviews as we go!


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