Everett Branch Basic Alpine Climbing

Everett Branch Basic Alpine Climbing

Everett Branch Home Page
Everett Climbing Home Page

BASIC CLIMBING Course

Our BCC equips you with fundamental climbing skills and experience, using classroom and field instruction. We will teach techniques of roped climbing on rock, snow and glaciers. We concentrate on basic climbing techniques and mountaineering skills, including rope handling, knots, belaying, rappelling, crevasse rescue and safety.

The course is demanding, but the rewards are great. These skills open the door to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment. Course graduates are eligible to participate in Basic Climbs, Club Climbs, the Intermediate Climbing Course, and other advanced climbing seminars periodically offered by the Everett branch.

PREREQUISITES

Applicants need to be experienced in off-trail hiking and camping. You must make a significant investment in time, energy, psychological preparation, and money. Solid overall physical conditioning and psychological ability to handle vertical exposure is essential. If you lack these basic skills and conditioning, please consider enrolling in the Mountaineers Alpine Scrambling Course before taking the Basic Climbing Course.

EQUIPMENT

Required equipment will cost several hundreds of dollars. Please do not purchase any equipment prior to this course. We provide a complete list of required equipment on the first night of the course. Equipment must be rated for alpine climbing, including proper footwear, clothing, pack, climbing helmet, seat harness, carabiners and related climbing hardware, ice axe, crampons and a variety of other gear. While some equipment can be rented, most equipment will need to be purchased.

Textbook: The Freedom of the Hills, 7th or 8th edition. This book is required to study and prepare for lectures and exams.

ELIGIBILITY

The course is open to any Mountaineers member at least 18 years old, regardless of branch affiliation.

REGISTRATION

All applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, during the signup time which is typically late fall.  Check here for registration, or contact the BCC Coordinator, Laurel Geisbush, for more information.   Mountaineers membership is required for enrollment.

COURSE SCHEDULE - 2021

  • 1/27: Lecture 1*
  • 2/3: Lecture 2
  • 2/6: Fundamentals Practice Session**
  • 2/17: Lecture 3
  • 2/20: Fundamentals Fieldtrip 
  • 3/10: Lecture 4
  • 3/13: Rock 1 Fieldtrip
  • 3/31: Midterm Practical Exam***
  • 4/21: Lecture 5
  • 4/24-25: Rock 2 Fieldtrip
  • 5/12: Lecture 6
  • 5/15-16: Snow 1 Fieldtrip
  • 6/2: Lecture 7
  • 6/5-6: Snow 2 Fieldtrip
  • 6/9: Final Practical Exam***

*Lectures will be conducted over Zoom or MS Teams from 6:30pm to 8:45pm.

**The Fundamentals Practice Session has a location placeholder of the Seattle Program Center.  This will likely change to a park in the greater Seattle/Everett area.  Please block out from 7am - 2pm for this practice session on Sat Feb 6.

***The Mid Term and Final Exams have a location placeholder of the Seattle Program Center.  This will likely change to a park in the greater Seattle/Everett area.  Please block out from 7pm - 8:30pm for these 2 practical exam sessions.

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 Wilderness First Aid certification.
  6. Completion of Mountaineers Navigation Course
  7. Completion of 3 required experience climbs, including at least one glacier and one rock climb by Oct. 1
  8. Do a day of trail or lookout maintenance
  9. Petition Climbing Committee by date listed in course schedule.
  10. Climbing Committee approval

Get a glimpse of what our Field Trips look like!

Embedly Powered