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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

Application Submissions: Closed 10/10/2022

Application results published: No Later Than November 1

Cancellation : Refund minus $10 by 2nd Session. 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

  • 2 lectures - trip planning & snow anchors/belays
  • 1 winter conditioner or tour
  • 1 winter overnight - snow travel techniques and an overnight in a snow trench/cave
  • 1 winter overnight experience trip

Team Rescue

  • 3 evening session covering releasable belay escapes, lowering systems, raising systems
  • 1 weekend day putting together the skills into rescue scenarios
  • 1 weekend day practicing team rescue scenarios
  • 1 weekend day experience trip

Advanced Crevasse Rescue

  • 2 weeknight sessions learning solo rescue skills
  • 1 weekend day session practicing rescue scenarios in snow
  • 1 overnight experience trip to wrap up the course

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
  • basic snow/glacier travel (roped/unroped travel, rope management, navigation) 



  • All students are expected to have successfully completed a Level 1 AIARE course prior to attending WCR 2 - Winter Overnight Trip.



  • Due to the nature and schedule of this course, there are many back up dates built into the course. Unless specifically stated, weekend trips will occur on the best of both days
  • If it says "Overnight" trip, then it is intended to be an overnight trip
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
WCR - Small Party Rescue
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Feb 23, 2023
Registration closes Feb 21
1 participant
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 2, 2023
Registration closes Feb 28
1 participant
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 9, 2023
Registration closes Mar 7
1 participant
3 instructors
Alpental Ski Area
Sat, Mar 11, 2023 -
Sun, Mar 12, 2023
Registration closes Mar 9
1 participant
5 instructors
Alpental Ski Area
Sat, Apr 1, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 2, 2023
Registration closes Mar 30
1 participant
4 instructors
WCR - Experience Trip
Mount Hood/South Side
Sat, Mar 4, 2023 -
Sun, Mar 5, 2023
Registration closes Feb 23
1 participant
1 instructor
Mount St. Helens/Worm Flows
Sat, Mar 18, 2023 -
Sun, Mar 19, 2023
Registration closes May 19
1 participant
0 instructors
Mount Baker Recreation Area: Easton Glacier
Sat, Jun 10, 2023 -
Sun, Jun 11, 2023
Registration closes Jun 8
2 participants
2 instructors
Whitman Crest/Fryingpan Glacier
Sat, Aug 19, 2023 -
Sun, Aug 20, 2023
Registration closes Aug 17
2 participants
2 instructors
Rope Leadership
Online Classroom
Tue, Mar 14, 2023
Registration closes Mar 12
4 participants
WCR - Two-person Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 6, 2023
Registration closes Apr 4
1 participant
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 20, 2023
Registration closes Apr 18
1 participant
3 instructors
Sat, May 6, 2023 -
Sun, May 7, 2023
Registration closes May 18
1 participant
4 instructors
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