Basic Climbing Course   - Everett - 2018

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course - Everett - 2018

PLEASE READ ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS BELOW***

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.

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 Couse, and other advanced climbing seminars periodically offered by the Everett branch. 

***Please do not sign up for the course unless you can attend ALL field trips and ALL lectures (missing one lecture due to unforeseen circumstances can be arranged).  

Course Schedule - 2018

  • Lecture 1 - Gear lecture - 1/24
  • Lecture 2 - Knots and Prusiks - 1/31
  • Field Trip 1 - Mt Si Conditioner FT (Mt Si) - 2/3
  • Lecture 3 - Rock Anchors and Belaying - 2/15 (***THURSDAY EVENING)
  • Lecture 4 - Fundamentals Practice - 2/21
  • Field Trip 2 - Fundamentals (Seattle Program Center) - 2/24
  • Lecture 5 - Rappelling and ETO - 3/7
  • Lecture 6 - Rock Climbing and Following on Rock - 3/14
  • Field Trip 3 - Rock 1 (Seattle Program Center) - 3/17
  • Lecture 7 - Midterm Exam - 4/4
  • Lecture 8 - Skills Enhancement - 4/11
  • Field Trip 4 - Rock 2 (Leavenworth) - 4/14-4/15
  • Lecture 9 - Avalanche Awareness and Snow Camping - 4/25
  • Field Trip 5 - Snow 1 (Stevens Pass) - 4/28-4/29
  • Lecture 10 - Packing Wisely and Dealing with Emergencies - 5/9
  • Lecture 11 - Glacier Travel - 5/23
  • Lecture 12 - Z Pulley Practice - 5/30
  • Field Trip 6 - Snow 2 (Mt Baker) - 6/2-6/3
  • Lecture 13 - Final Exam - 6/6
  • Lecture 14 - Potluck Celebration - 6/14 (***THURSDAY EVENING)
*Lectures will take place at the Summit Everett climbing gym at 2820 Rucker Ave, Everett, WA from 7pm to 9:20pm.
 

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Attend all field trips and lectures
  2. Successful completion of all field trips
  3. Passing score on skills, tests, and on written exams
  4. Current Mountaineers membership
  5. Current WFA Certification
  6. Completion of Mountaineers Navigation Module
  7. Completion of 3 required experience climbs, including at least one glacier and one rock climb by Oct 1st.
  8. Petition the Climbing Committee
  9. Climbing Committee Approval
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Climbing - Gear Lecture
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Jan 23, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Knots and Prusiks Lecture
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Jan 30, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Mt Si Conditioner Field Trip
Mount Si Main Trail
Sat, Feb 2, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Anchors and Belaying Lecture
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Feb 13, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Fundamentals Practice
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Feb 20, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing Course - Fundamentals Field Trip
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Feb 23, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
73 participants
Basic Climbing - Rappelling and ETO Lecture
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Mar 6, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Rock Climbing and Following on Rock Lecture
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Mar 13, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Rock 1 Field Trip
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Mar 16, 2019
Registration opens Dec 1
73 participants
Basic Climbing - Midterm Exam
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Apr 3, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Skills Enhancement
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Apr 10, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Rock 2 Field Trip
Leavenworth
Sat, Apr 20, 2019 -
Sun, Apr 21, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22; Instructor registration open now
50 participants
6 instructors
Basic Climbing - Avy Awareness and Snow Camping Lecture
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Apr 24, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Snow 1 Field Trip
Stevens Pass Ski Area
Sat, May 4, 2019 -
Sun, May 5, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22; Instructor registration open now
50 participants
27 instructors
Basic Climbing - Safety, Packing, and Handling Emergencies Lecture
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, May 8, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Lecture
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, May 22, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Z-Pulley Practice
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, May 29, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Snow 2 Field Trip
Mount Baker Recreation Area (Easton Glacier)
Sat, Jun 1, 2019 -
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22; Instructor registration open now
50 participants
5 instructors
Basic Climbing - Final Exam
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Wed, Jun 5, 2019
Registration opens Oct 22
50 participants
Basic Climbing - Potluck Celebration
Summit Everett Climbing Gym
Thu, Jun 13, 2019
Registration closes Jun 11
50 participants
Roster
Required Equipment

Required equipment will be covered in the first lecture.  It will also be listed in the gear matrix in the course handbook handed out the same evening.

Course Materials

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