Rock Climbing Courses

Our rock courses range from learning how to belay to leading sport routes to learning how to place pro and climb advanced trad routes. In addition to the main courses listed below, The Mountaineers also offers evening or single day seminars.

LEARN TO BELAY

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This one evening seminar introduces you to the most basic climbing concept: belaying!

typically OFFERED

Offered every other month through our Seattle branch from September-May. Open climb nights at our Seattle Program Center and Tacoma Program Center are a great place to continue to hone these new skills. Not in Seattle? Check in with your local branch's climbing committee to see what your options are to learn to belay.

BADGES you can EARN

Top Rope Belay Certified

 

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION TO ROCK CLIMBING

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typically OFFERED

Two to three times a year through the Seattle branch generally in September, January and April. 

BADGES you can EARN

Introduction to Rock ClimbingTop Rope Belay CertifiedLead Belay Certified

 

 

Introduction TO LEADING BOLTS AND SPORT CLIMBING

Our sport climbing courses teach students to lead on bolts, set sport anchors, clean sport anchors and rappel. These courses are most appropriate for students who have some experience in the gym or outdoors and are looking to gain independence climbing outside.

typically OFFERED

In August/September by our Everett, Tacoma, and Seattle branches. A more advanced technique based sport climbing is usually in February held by our Seattle branch. Registration opens 2-3 months before start date of course. 

BADGES you can EARN

Sport Climbing CourseIntroduction to Leading on Bolts

 

 

Crag (Trad) CLIMBING

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Most of The Mountaineers climbs - whether at the basic or intermediate level - involve trad climbing. Learn how to place traditional protection (cams, nuts and hexes) and build gear anchors. Get ready for single and multi pitch outings with the following courses:

At the Crag

  • Crag Climbing Course
  • Beyond Basic Rock (Olympia)

In the alpine

  • Intermediate Alpine Climbing Course 
  • Leading on Rock (Part of Everett's Intermediate Alpine Climbing Course)

The Crag Climbing course is designed to teach the skills, knowledge, and techniques needed to safely lead traditional routes on outdoor crags. Topics include safe use of active and passive protection needed for lead climbing in the crag environment, construction of safe anchor systems for top-rope/lead climbing, swinging leads on mid-5th class (5.4 - 5.8) multi-pitch climbs, belaying a partner from multiple directions, and rappelling in a variety of settings

TYPICALLY OFFERED

In March by our Seattle branch, with registration opening in November. 

BADGES YOU CAN EARN

Crag Climbing Course

 

 


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