Basic Climbing Course   - Kitsap - 2015

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course - Kitsap

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Contact Ralph Wessels, Basic Climbing Chair, for info on the course or for gear and schedule information. ralphwessels@comcast.net ; (253) 857-5658.

Thank you for your interest in joining the 2015 Basic Climbing Course offered by the Kitsap Branch of the Mountaineers.  As a basic climbing student, you will meet interesting and goal-oriented people that all share a common interest - mountaineering.  The course is a combination of classroom and field sessions that prepare you for climbing rock, snow, and glaciers.  The course is taught by experienced mountaineers that share their knowledge and time as volunteers.  Students will gain knowledge and technical skills throughout the class and ultimately apply them to actual climbs.  The class utilizes the book, Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition, as part of the instruction.  Classes are held at the Kitsap Cabin and field sessions at a variety of locations to meet the specific training. 

Participants must be members of the Mountaineers.  Graduation requirements include the following:

  • Participants have up to 2 years to complete the course
  • Attend all classroom sessions
  • Satisfactorily complete all field sessions
  • Obtain the gear by the date required.
  • Pass all skills tests
  • Pass a conditioning test
  • Complete 3 climbs consisting of one rock, one glacier, and one of either rock, alpine, or glacier
  • Complete a separate Navigation course (additional $50 with spots reserved for Basic students)
  • Complete a separate Wilderness First Aid course
  • Fulfill a stewardship activity

Class and field sessions are as shown below (some dates subject to change).

Classroom Sessions

Field Sessions

Class #1 -Wilderness Basics Weekend

Kitsap Cabin

January 21, 2015. 6:00 PM.

10 Essential Systems, Knots, Leave No Trace, Conditioning, Packing, Documentation, Course Expectations

FT #1 - Initial Field Experience

Green Mountain State Forest

January 24, 2015. 8:00 AM

Class #2 - Ropes, Anchors, and Belay

Kitsap Cabin

February 4, 2015. 6:00 PM.

FT #2 - Ropes, Anchors, and Belay Field Session

Kitsap Cabin

February 7, 2015. 8:00 AM.

Navigation (separate class registration)

Kitsap Cabin

February 12, 2015. 6:00 PM

Maps, Compass, Navigation Systems

Navigation Field Session (separate class registration)

Kitsap Cabin/Green Mountain State Forest

February 21, 2015. 8:00 AM.

Class #3 - Snow Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

Kitsap Cabin

March 11, 2015. 6:00 PM.

FT #3 - Snow Climbing and Avalanche Awareness (Snow 1)

Mt Rainier National Park

March 21 and 22, 2015. 9:00 AM.

Snow Camping, Roping Up, Avalanche Evaluation Skills, Belaying on Snow, Snow Anchors

Class #4 - Rock Climbing in the Alpine Environment

Kitsap Cabin

April 15, 2015. 6:00 PM

FT #4 - Rock Climbing (Rock 1)

Spire Rock - Spanaway

April 18, 2015. 8:00 AM

 

FT #5 - Rock Climbing (Rock 2)

Leavenworth Area

May 9, 2015. 8:00 AM

Be prepared to arrive early.

Class #5 - Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue

Kitsap Cabin

May 13, 2015. 6:00 PM.

FT #6 - Crevasse Rescue Ground School/Prusik Practice

Kitsap Memorial Park

May 16, 2015. 8:00 AM.

 

FT #7 - Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue Practice (Snow 2)

Easton Glacier, Mt Baker National Forest.

May 30 and May 31, 2015. 8:00 AM

Be prepared to arrive early.

See: www.kitsapmountaineers.org/index.php/climbing/basic-climbs for schedule, equipment, and additional information.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Field Trip #1 - Knots
Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail
Sat, Jan 23, 2016
Registration closed Jan 22
1 participant
3 instructors
Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail
Sat, Jan 21, 2017
Registration closed Jan 20
3 participants
1 instructor
Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail
Sat, Jan 18, 2020
Registration closed Jan 16
0 participants
2 instructors
Basic Rock 1 Field Trip
SPIRE Rock
Sat, Apr 16, 2016
Registration closed Apr 15
9 participants
4 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Mar 28, 2020
Registration closed Mar 27
1 participant
1 instructor on waitlist
Basic Snow 2/Crevasse Rescue Field Trip
Mount Rainier Lower Nisqually Glacier
Mon, May 30, 2016
Registration closed May 26
8 participants
0 instructors
Basic Climbing Class #1
Kitsap Cabin & Forest Theater
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Registration closed Jan 16
2 participants
3 instructors
Basic Climbing Class #4
Kitsap Cabin & Forest Theater
Wed, Apr 5, 2017
Registration closed Apr 3
10 participants
6 instructors
Kitsap Cabin & Forest Theater
Wed, Mar 28, 2018
Registration closed Mar 26
0 participants
1 instructor
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Wed, Mar 25, 2020
Registration closed Mar 23
1 participant
5 instructors on waitlist
Basic Climbing Course - Meet and Greet (optional)
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Sat, Nov 23, 2019
Registration closed Nov 21
20 participants
4 instructors
Basic Rock 2 Field Trip
Mount Erie
Sat, Apr 18, 2020
Registration closed Apr 2
1 participant
2 instructors on waitlist
Roster
Course Materials
Name/Description Type
Class 1 and FT 1

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Class 2 and FT 2

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Class 3 and FT 3

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Class 4 and FT's 4 & 5

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Class 5 and FT's 6 & 7

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