Basic Mountaineering Course - Bellingham - 2023

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course - Bellingham 2023

This is a Basic Alpine Mountaineering Course designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and experience they need to be a safe member of a rope team and travel on moderately technical rock or snow and on glaciers. There are no prerequisites, but those interested in the course must apply and be accepted. 

The 2023 class has been selected.  Applications for 2024 will open in September.

The Basic Mountaineering Course requires a significant investment of time, energy and money. Please do not apply for the course unless you can attend ALL field trips, lectures and evaluations.  You can view the full course schedule here.

Beyond the scheduled lectures and field trips, students will need to spend time reading and practicing new skills. Solid overall physical conditioning and psychological commitment are needed as alpine travel often involves carrying a heavy pack in difficult, exposed terrain and in all types of weather conditions.

 The course 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 already have some equipment can expect to spend at least $500 or more on gear in addition to the course fee. Not all things need to be purchased right away, however, and some things can be rented or borrowed from friends. We recommend students wait to purchase gear until after the Mountaineering Equipment Lecture.

Financial Assistance: We know that costs add up quickly, especially when students also need to purchase gear.  We encourage students to apply for our scholarship program, which is funded by generous donors to make courses more accessible. Your application for financial assistance must be processed before registering for the course, so it's a good idea to apply now. Learn more and apply for a scholarship.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel your participation in the course before Jan. 1, 2023, you'll receive a refund of the course fee minus $10;  no refunds after Jan. 1, 2023.

The Bellingham Mountaineers are committed to building and fostering a representative climbing community that reflects the spaces in which we live and recreate. We recognize that outdoor recreation has historically excluded communities of color, women and LGBTQ people. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other underrepresented communities. 

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Wilderness First Aid
The Firs
Sat, Feb 18, 2023 -
Sun, Feb 19, 2023
Registration closes Feb 16
5 participants
Avalanche Awareness
Austin Pass (winter)
Sat, Mar 4, 2023
Registration closes Mar 2
0 participants
4 instructors
Pine & Cedar Lakes
Sat, Mar 25, 2023 -
Sun, Mar 26, 2023
Registration closes Mar 23
0 participants
10 instructors
Rock I
Mount Erie
Sat, Apr 8, 2023
Registration closes Apr 6
0 participants
5 instructors
Rock II
Sat, Apr 22, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 23, 2023
Registration closes Apr 20
0 participants
11 instructors
Snow I: Basic Snow Travel
Austin Pass (winter)
Sat, May 6, 2023 -
Sun, May 7, 2023
Registration closes May 4
0 participants
11 instructors
Snow II: Glacier Travel
Mount Baker Recreation Area
Sat, Jun 3, 2023 -
Sun, Jun 4, 2023
Registration closes Jun 1
2 participants
10 instructors
Alpine Ice
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Fri, Jun 23, 2023
Registration closes Jun 21
4 participants
1 instructor
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Jun 24, 2023
Registration closes Jun 22
0 participants
1 instructor
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sun, Jun 25, 2023
Registration closes Jun 23
4 participants
1 instructor
Course Materials

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