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Most instructors and schools are certified from the American Mountain Guides Association. Though there are some excellent guides and schools that aren't members of any association. Ask for insurance, medical qualifications, land-use permits for the areas used, client referrals, the guide's training and experience, accident records, and references from other professionals.

There are plenty of great male instructors. However, you may find a female is better at understanding your climbing issues. This is a mind sport and women approach the sport differently than men. Good communication and trust are key. You might want to try a few instructors until you find the right person for the job.

Look for an instructor that helps you solve problems. You need to rely on your own skills to solve your problem. Good instructors will give you ideas, not tell you the answer.

Some instructors might want to just show you the basics and let you go at it. Your first climb can be exhausting if you only use your arms to climb. You can easily get discouraged and overwhelmed, feeling you lack the strength to do this sport. Ask for some basic climbing skills to begin with. It's not about strength as much as technique and balance.

Good climbing skills aren't learned from a book. They're experienced. As in many sports making mistakes is part of the learning process. Just make sure you're safety skill are already learned and practiced.


American Mountain Guides Association
710 10th Street, Suite 101
Golden, CO 80401, USA
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Atlantic Climbing School
PO Box 6003
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609, USA
Tel. 207-288-2521
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Colorado Mountain School
351 Moraine Avenue
P.O. BOX 1846
Estes Park, CO 80517, USA
Tel. 970-586-5758
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High Angle Adventures, Inc.
178 Hardenburgh Road
Ulster Park, NY 12487, USA
Tel. 800-777-2546 (800-777-CLIMB)
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International Mountain Climbing

P.O. Box 1666
North Conway, NH 03860, USA
Tel. 603-356-7064
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This is a great school with wonderful instructors. And they regularly schedule women's clinics.

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School
HCR Box 3034
Joshua Tree, CA 92252, USA
Tel. 800-890-4745 or 760-366-4745
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Mammoth Mountaineering School
P.O. Box 7299
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA
Tel. 760-366-8361
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Mountain Adventure Seminars
P.O. Box 5450
Bear Valley, CA 95223, USA
Tel. 1-209-753-6556
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Mountain Sports Adventure School
Annandale, NJ USA
Tel. 908-735-6244
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Trails Wilderness School
P.O. Box 123
Jackson Hole
Kelly, WY 83011,USA
Tel. 800-869-8228
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Accidents in North American

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Worthwhile information to help you educate yourself on safety.

American Mountain Guides

710 10th Street, Suite 101
Golden, CO 80401, USA
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Climbing Magazine
0326 Highway 133, Suite 190
Carbondale, CO 81623, USA
Tel. 1-800-493-4569
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Outdoor Recreation Coalition
of America

P.O.Box 1634
Boulder, CO 80302, USA
Tel. 303-444-3353

Rock & Ice Magazine
5455 Spine Rd., Mezzanine A
Boulder, Co 80301, USA
Tel. 303-499-8410
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Provides news articles, editorial commentary, trip reports, area guides and much more.

Professional Climbers Association
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Alpine Club of Canada
Tel. 403- 678-3200
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American Alpine Club
710 10th Street, Suite 101
Golden, CO 804401
Tel. 303-384-0110
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The City Climbers Club (New York City)
Tel. 212-974-2250
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Colorado Mountain Club
710 10th Street, #200
Golden, Colorado, 80401, USA
Tel. 303-279-3080
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Southeastern Climbers Coalition
c/o Rock Creek Outfitters
100 Tremont Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405, USA
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Wasatch Mountain Club
1390 S. 1100 E., #103
Salt Lake City, UT 84105, USA
Tel. 801-463-9842
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Adventures in Good Company
5506 Trading Post Trail
Afton, MN 55001, USA
Tel. 877-439-4042 or 651-998-0120
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Adventure travel for women of all ages.

Patagonia Mountain Agency
P.O. Box 210516
Auke Bay, AK 99821, USA
Tel. 907-789-1960
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Women's Wilderness Institute
1628-A Walnut St.
Boulder, CO 80302, USA
Tel. 303-938-9191
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Empowering, confidence building wilderness experiences for teen girls and adult women.

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Himalayan High Treks
241 Dolores St.
San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Tel. 800-455-8735
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HHT offers two trips a year as all womens excursions to the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau.

National Outdoor Leadership School
288 Main St.
Lander, WY 82528, USA
Tel. 307-332-6973
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Offer a womens only rock climbing seminar.

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