Note: THE COURSE IS FULL FOR THE 2014 CLASS and we are no longer accepting applications. Registration is still open only to allow those applicants who have been accepted an opportunity to register. This course requires an application and approval before registration. Sorry, but no more applications will be accepted for the 2014 course. You might consider the Basic Climbing courses offered by the other Mountaineers branches, or Seattle's excellent Alpine Scramble course.
The Basic Alpine Climbing Course is a year-long program preparing students to be solid and competent climbers reaching rock and glacier summits of the Pacific Northwest. The course format is a combination of class lectures, in-town field trips, small group instruction at local crags and alpine climbs in the mountains during the summer. The course includes 5 lectures and 7 field trips plus readings. After the "in town" training, students start going on climbs, always with carefully selected, experienced leaders. A reasonable level of physical fitness is required.
Skills taught include belaying, rappelling, rope handling, 5th class rock climbing, snow climbing, glacier travel, back-country camping including on snow, guidance on gear purchases and conditioning, and more - lots more.
The course is a significant time commitment and also requires the purchase of several hundred dollars of clothing and equipment, especially for those who do not already have hiking or backpacking gear. Even those who have some equipment already can expect to spend at least $500 on gear, and the course fee is $550. Not all things need to be purchased right away, however, and some things can be rented from local mountain shops or borrowed from friends. But be aware our course requires an investment of both time and money. Some things to keep in mind: This is not rock climbing at the crags, it's summit-oriented alpine climbing in the mountains on rock, snow and glaciers. There are no refunds beyond the first class meeting in January. (see FAQ at http://sbca.mountaineers.org/)
Alpine climbing with The Mountaineers is an awesome opportunity to confidently and competently visit places where few can go; to experience levels of instant trust, bonding, and community not commonly experienced in everyday life, all while pushing your physical limits and achieving personal goals. Welcome to your new adventures. We look forward to sharing them with you.
This is NOT the place to APPLY for the Basic Course. The online application will open Oct 15 and can be found at: sbca.mountaineers.org. Acceptance will be done on a rolling basis from Oct 15 through Nov 15. Please return to this site to register and pay the course fee AFTER you have been notified that you are ACCEPTED into the class. Please apply early (at sbca.mountaineers.org... More
This is NOT the place to APPLY for the Basic Course. The online application will open Oct 15 and can be found at: sbca.mountaineers.org. Acceptance will be done on a rolling basis from Oct 15 through Nov 15. Please return to this site to register and pay the course fee AFTER you have been notified that you are ACCEPTED into the class. Please apply early (at sbca.mountaineers.org) as past years' classes have filled before the closing date.