Intermediate Mountaineering Course  - Bellingham

Climbing Course

Intermediate Climbing Course

The Bellingham Intermediate Mountaineering Course is a continuation of the Basic Mountaineering Course or for those climbers with equivalent experience. This course focuses on building on your knowledge while emphasizing safety, leadership and climbing instruction.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

The application period for the 2022 cohort has closed.

Vaccination Requirement: To participate in the Bellingham Intermediate Mountaineering Course, students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 23, 2021. We'll ask those who are accepted into the course for proof of vaccination before the Nov. 6 skills check. Learn more about the Mountaineers COVID-19 response.

Intermediate students will learn techniques such as:

  • Leading on rock or ice
  • Setting protection
  • Building anchors
  • Handling multi-pitch routes
  • Self rescue

Please note this is a multiyear course – some course activities have prerequisites and won’t be completed the first year. View the 2022 Schedule.

Successful completion requires a significant commitment of time and effort. Graduates have the knowledge and skills to organize and lead basic-level climbs and participate in intermediate level climbs.

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
Intermediate Water Ice (optional)
Sat, Jan 22, 2022 -
Mon, Jan 24, 2022
Registration closes Jan 20
1 participant
3 instructors
Intermediate Winter Mountaineering (optional)
Austin Pass (winter)
Sat, Feb 26, 2022 -
Sun, Feb 27, 2022
Registration closes Feb 24
0 participants
3 instructors
Small Party Rock Rescue (optional)
Bellingham YMCA
Sat, Mar 19, 2022 -
Sun, Mar 20, 2022
Registration closes Mar 17
1 participant
3 instructors
Intermediate Rock 1 (optional)
Sat, Jun 11, 2022 -
Sun, Jun 12, 2022
Registration closes Jun 9
5 participants
3 instructors
Intermediate Rock 2 (optional)
Sat, Jul 23, 2022 -
Sun, Jul 24, 2022
Registration closes Jul 21
2 participants
3 instructors
Intermediate Ice 1 & 2 (optional)
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Aug 13, 2022 -
Sun, Aug 14, 2022
Registration closes Aug 11
7 participants
3 instructors
Intermediate Crevasse Rescue (optional)
Mount Baker Recreation Area
Sat, Aug 27, 2022 -
Sun, Aug 28, 2022
Registration closes Aug 25
1 participant
3 instructors
Required Equipment

This is a course for cool cats.

Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.