This is a comprehensive introduction to alpine mountaineering. Graduates will develop the fundamental skills necessary to climb alpine peaks in the northwest. We will cover knots, anchors, belaying, rappelling, rock climbing, glacier travel, the fundamentals of self rescue, and crevasse rescue. This course runs approximately five months meeting weekly with several field trips. Attendance at all lectures and field trips, first aid, navigation and completing experience climbs are required for graduation. Participants should be in good cardiovascular shape and be comfortable with basic camping skills. Everett offers an intimate learning experience with a high instructor to student ratio. This is perhaps the best reason to select this course.
The basic climbing course is a program of classroom and field instruction designed to equip students with the fundamental skills and experience necessary to safely climb most rock, snow, and glaciated peaks in the Pacific Northwest. Instruction includes alpine travel and navigational techniques as well as the technical aspects of roped climbing on rock, snow, and glaciers. It concentrates on basic climbing techniques and mountaineering skills: rope handling, knots, navigation, belaying, rappelling, crevasse rescue and safety.
Although the course is demanding, the rewards are great. The acquisition of these skills opens the door to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment. Course graduates are eligible to participate in Basic Climbs, Club Climbs, the Intermediate Climbing Course, and other advanced climbing seminars periodically offered by the Everett branch.
Jan 21 Climb Code, Equipment & Clothing
Jan 28 Knots & Prusiks
Feb 01 CONDITIONER FIELD TRIP
Feb 11 Rock Anchors & Belay
Feb 18 Fundamentals Practice
Mar 01 FUNDAMENTALS FIELD TRIP
Mar 04 Rappelling & ETO
Mar 11 Rock Climbing & Following on Rock
Mar 15 ROCK 1 FIELD TRIP
Apr 01 Midterm Exam
Apr 08 Skills Enhancement
Apr 12&13 ROCK 2 FIELD TRIP*
Apr 22 Avalanche Awareness & Snow Camping
Apr 26&27 SNOW 1 FIELD TRIP
May 06 Packing wisely & Handling Emergencies
May 20 Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
May 27 Z-Pulley Practical
May 31&6/1 SNOW 2 FIELD TRIP
Jun 03 Final Exam
Jun 10 Potluck