Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue - Foothills - 2022

Climbing Course

Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue

This course prepares students to plan trips as well as introduce the fundamentals of climbing in the winter as well as advanced glacier travel/rescue skills

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.


Application Submissions: October 01 - October 08 

Application results published: No Later Than November 1

Cancellation : Refund minus $10 by 2nd Session (January 8). No refunds on or after this date.

The Foothills 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 course teaches both the technical and non-technical skills needed to comfortably plan and lead climbs in the winter and on glaciers.

Through evening sessions at the program center and days in the field, students will practice good climbing technique, perfect self and team arrests, learn to place protection in snow and ice, manage moderately-steep snow slopes (up 55 deg), build and equalize anchors, construct advanced haul systems for crevasse rescue, set up group camps, and more!  Lectures will also cover trip planning, including route selection, in-the-field evaluation, a navigation refresher, and how to write a practical trip plan.

The course is composed of multiple sessions broken into 3 disciplines

Winter Mountaineering

  • 1 lecture
  • 1 winter conditioner
  • 1 winter overnight - snow travel techniques and a required overnight in a snow trench/cave
  • 1 winter summit attempt

Intermediate Glacier Travel

  • 1 lecture
  • 1 late spring summit attempt
  • 1 early summer student-led climb

Advanced Crevasse Rescue

  • Team Rescue - 1 weeknight practice, 2 weekend day field trips
  • Solo Rescue - 2 weeknight practices, 1 weekend day practice

Please see below for course dates: only one offering of each lecture or field trip will be offered

This course assumes competency in the following

  • basic knots and hitches
  • crevasse self-extrication (ascending a rope)
  • rappelling
  • basic crevasse rescue (Z-Pulley)
  • basic snow/glacier travel (roped/unroped travel, rope management, navigation) 

Note: we have had more applications than available spots in the course (6). Competitive applicants generally have at least 5 attempts of a glaciated peak and a history of volunteering. We also prefer students that have gone through the Foothills Basic Climbing Course or are involved with the Foothills Branch.

Graduation Requirements


  • Attend the Basic Instructor Review 
  • Successfully completed a Level 1 AIARE course prior to attending the Winter Overnight Skills session in January.
  • Rope lead on two basic glacier climbs
  • Volunteer with Snow 1 and Snow 2 with the Basic Course
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
WCR - Lecture
Online Classroom
Tue, Jan 4, 2022
Registration closes Jan 2
6 participants
7 instructors
Online Classroom
Tue, Feb 1, 2022
Registration closes Jan 30
6 participants
2 instructors
WCR - Winter Mountaineering
Mailbox Peak
Sat, Jan 8, 2022
Registration closes Jan 6
6 participants
5 instructors
Alpental Backcountry
Sat, Jan 29, 2022 -
Sun, Jan 30, 2022
Registration closes Jan 27
6 participants
5 instructors
Mount Hood/South Side
Sat, Feb 12, 2022 -
Sun, Feb 13, 2022
Registration closes Feb 10
6 participants
4 instructors
WCR - Team Rescue
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Feb 15, 2022
Registration closes Feb 13
6 participants
3 instructors
Cougar Mountain Crag
Sat, Feb 26, 2022
Registration closes Feb 24
6 participants
4 instructors
Picnic Rock (Exit 32)
Sat, Mar 12, 2022
Registration closes Mar 10
6 participants
3 instructors
Rope Leadership
Online Classroom
Tue, Mar 22, 2022
Registration closes Mar 20
6 participants
WCR - 2 person glacier travel & crevasse rescue
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 6, 2022
Registration closes Apr 4
6 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 20, 2022
Registration closes Apr 18
6 participants
4 instructors
Paradise Area
Sat, May 21, 2022
Registration closes May 19
6 participants
5 instructors
Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier
Sat, Jun 25, 2022 -
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
Registration closes Jun 23
6 participants
5 instructors
Required Equipment


Course Materials

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