Basic Climbing Course - Everett - 2023

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course - Everett - 2023

Learn to safely follow on rock, snow and glaciated routes


  1. Applications accepted: October 1st - October 10th  - application period is now closed. 

We are no longer taking applications for 2023 course. Please do not join the waitlist. The waitlist is comprised of individuals who submitted applications during the period above.

We recommend taking the scramble course. This course is the best experience you can have to gain important skills and be successful while completing basic climbing. Including being able to take some of the elective requirements needed for basic climbing gradation as well.  

  1. Application results published: October 26th - 31st
  2. Successful applicants register: October 26th and beyond
  3. Cancellation: Refund minus $10 by Dec 1st. No refunds after December 1st.


We don't want the course fees to be a barrier to entry or participation. If they are, we would encourage you to apply for a scholarship. Scholarship information is kept strictly private and is not shared with course leads or instructors. 

Apply for a scholarship at the time of submitting your application (now), as it takes time to process.   


Entrance level comfort and skills - You should be comfortable hiking long distances (8-10+ miles) with 3,000-5,000 feet elevation gain and carrying a heavy overnight pack for multiple days.  We highly recommend taking the scrambling course (or having similar skills/experience) to have the necessary off trail scrambling experience that many of our alpine pursuits require.   You will be traveling on mixed surfaces (rock, snow, wet brush, steep choosy slopes, etc), with substantial off trail travel.  Additionally, a lot of time is spent walking on snow covered slopes & up steep glaciers.  With overnight trips camping in a tent on snow or other high alpine camps.  The conditions are not always warm some of our field trips and climbing trips may encounter snow, rain, wind and very warm temperatures that will test your desire to be outside moving through the mountains.

Please read the information on this page and verify that the Basic Alpine Climbing Course is the right course for your objectives and expectations.


We, the climbing committee, are glad that you’re applying for the Basic Climbing Class and look forward to instructing and climbing with you this season. In recent years, many of the basic climbing courses at the Mountaineers have seen increased student demand – especially within the Everett Branch. In most years the class fills up very quickly. Class starts in January with our first field trip shortly afterwards. So, we want to communicate to all applying students the expectations of the Basic Climbing Class in advance of potential acceptance to the class. Keep this in mind as you complete this application. As instructors, we want ensure that you have the best experience possible where you can learn to climb safely. A big part of accomplishing that goal is your participation and your commitment to the class, your fellow students and the instructors.

One of the many things that the Everett branch offers is a smaller class size (limited to 30 students for 2022) and great student to instructor ratio. In many cases, you’ll see close to a 1-1 student to instructor ratio. Our instructors are very committed to your success and we invest a lot of time to create a positive learning environment. With this level of instructor commitment, we expect a high commitment from you as well.

This course requires a commitment to the following:

1. 7 remote lectures (via Zoom or MS Teams)
2. 6 field trips; 3 of which are overnight, weekend field trips
3. Many extra hours of reading, study and practice
4. Participation in 4 hands-on practice sessions with your fellow students and instructors
5. Passing a mid-term and final exam that includes written and practical elements
6. Successful completion of 3 experience climbs
7. Purchase of climbing gear and possibly basic hiking & backpacking gear
8. A strong level of fitness that will allow you to safely and effectively participate in the field trips and experience climbs
9. A personal commitment to a regular & disciplined training program to ensure the necessary fitness level
10. Day of Trail Service (full day)
11. Navigation course (full day course)
12. Wilderness First Aid & Scenarios (2 ½ day course)

If you take the above items and lay them out in a calendar, you’ll quickly see that completing this class is a serious endeavor (both time and money). Successful completion requires many hours of your time. We want students that can put this in their calendar and commit to everything now. Make a commitment to yourself, your fellow students and the instructors that you’ll be at all the lectures on time, all the field trips and that you’ll practice, study and prepare to be safe and competent on all field trips/climbs. We would also ask that you start (or continue) a fitness regimen that will enable you to be in satisfactory shape to participate in the fields trips and climbs (i.e.: ability to climb uphill with a 45lb overnight pack for up to 10 to 12 hours two days in a row by the start of June.)

If you seriously consider the necessary commitment and decide that it isn’t possible right now, then please do not apply. You’re welcome to apply in the future when you’re able to make the right level of commitment. If you have questions about the class and the necessary commitment we’re happy to talk and answer all your questions.


The Everett Climbing Committee is 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. 


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 (see activities below).  


  • Attend all field trips and lectures
  • Successful completion of all field trips
  • Passing score on skills, tests, and on written exams
  • Current Mountaineers membership
  • Current WFA Certification (2.5 day course)
  • Completion of Mountaineers Navigation Course (full day course & online module)
  • Completion of 3 required experience climbs, including at least one glacier and one rock climb by Oct 15th.
  • Volunteer for a trail day of service, lasting 8 hours (received Stewardship badge) 
  • Petition the Climbing Committee
  • Climbing Committee Approval


See course activities below for dates and more details of all required activities. 


As the course requires frequent in-person training outdoors and indoors, all participants (students and instructors) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the beginning of the course.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Climbing - Snow 2 Field Trip
Mount Baker Recreation Area
Sat, Jun 1, 2024 -
Sun, Jun 2, 2024
Registration closes May 30
3 participants
0 instructors
Basic Climbing - Final Exam
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jun 5, 2024
Registration closes Jun 3
4 participants
5 instructors
Online Classroom
Thu, Jun 6, 2024
Registration closes Jun 4
4 participants
3 instructors
Basic Climbing - Potluck Celebration
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jun 19, 2024
Registration closes Jun 17
4 participants
5 instructors
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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