The Olympia Basic Climbing Course is a one to two year course, students are STRONGLY encouraged to complete the lectures and field trips the first year. Graduates will learn the skills to safely climb rock, snow, and glaciated peaks in Pacific Northwest. To graduate participants must ATTEND all lectures and field trips, successfully COMPLETE a conditioner, 3 experience climbs, our Mountaineering Orientated First Aid class, and a Stewardship project. The text is Freedom of the Hills Ed#8 and is included in the course fee. Wilderness Skills is a PREREQUISITE for this course and you are automaticaly enrolled in Wilderness Skills at no extra charge when you enroll in the climbing course(do not register on-line for Wilderness Skills, as you will be charged a separate fee). For more information see the Olympia Basic Climbing Course page.
This course requires a substantial commitment of time, effort, and energy; however, it can be a major life changing event. It also introduces you to many high adventure pursuits in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest where you will gain valuable outdoor skills and can make lifelong friends. Attendance at ALL lectures and Field Trips is MANDATORY-so plan your schedule accordingly. Students new to the outdoors, or worried about initial physical conditioning are urged to consider taking our Alpine Scrambling course first. Students who complete that course dramatically increase their chances of graduating Basic Climbing. Much of your equipment and clothing for the course will be talked about in Wilderness Skills. Many students find they have much of the gear needed already, and rentals are available for some of the equipment. But all new equipment and clothing CAN run over $1,000 - with boots and proper rain gear the most crucial elements. More information, as well as the full schedule, is available on the Olympiamountaineers.org website.