Kitsap Branch Climbing Program

Kitsap Branch Climbing Program

WELCOME TO THE KITSAP BRANCH CLIMBING PAGE!

We have  a great community of climbers over on the peninsula and we are always excited to have new climbers join us!  We offer two alpine climbing courses which will give you skills you need to travel safely on glaciers, steep hard snow, and  vertical rock.

BASIC ALPINE CLIMBING

The Basic Alpine Climbing Course is a program of classroom and field instruction designed to teach new climbers the skills and experience required to safely climb most rock, snow, and glaciated mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Skills taught include belaying, rappelling, rope handling, 5th class rock climbing, snow climbing, glacier travel, back-country camping including on snow, guidance on gear purchases and conditioning, and more - lots more.

Course graduates are eligible to participate in basic club climbs, alpine scrambles, winter snowshoe trips, the intermediate climbing course, the crag climbing course, specialty climbing seminars, and many other activities offered by The Mountaineers. 

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INTERMEDIATE ALPINE CLIMBING

The Kitsap Mountaineers' Intermediate Alpine Climbing Course is a leadership development course that will teach you the techniques necessary to safely lead climb rock, snow, and alpine ice (not water ice). Course graduates will have the knowledge and skills to organize and lead basic-level climbs and to participate in intermediate-level alpine, rock, and ice climbs.

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Experienced Climbers

If you have been climbing with The Mountaineers or elsewhere for years and have extensive experience, consider going through our requirements for becoming a climb leader! This will empower you to lead climbing trips for Mountaineers climbers and get people outside safely with us! Here is a link to a basic application that will seed questions and how we can create a path to leadership for you. 

Climb leader application