Basic Climbing Course   - Kitsap - 2016

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course - Kitsap

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Contact Ralph Wessels, Chair Kitsap Basic Climbing Course, for course information. ralphwessels@comcast.net; (253) 857-5658. 

Thank you for your interest in joining the 2016 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 (approximately $50)
  • Complete a separate Wilderness First Aid or Mountain-Oriented 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 20, 2016. 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 23, 2016. 8:00 AM

Class #2 - Ropes, Anchors, and Belay

Kitsap Cabin

February 3, 2016. 6:00 PM.

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

Kitsap Cabin

February 6, 2016. 8:00 AM.

Navigation (separate class registration)

Kitsap Cabin

TBD, 2016. 6:00 PM

Maps, Compass, Navigation Systems

Navigation Field Session (separate class registration)

Kitsap Cabin/Green Mountain State Forest

TBD, 2016. 8:00 AM.

Class #3 - Snow Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

Kitsap Cabin

March 9, 2016. 6:00 PM.

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

Mt Rainier National Park

March 19 and 20, 2016. 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 13, 2016. 6:00 PM

FT #4 - Rock Climbing (Rock 1)

Spire Rock - Spanaway

April 16, 2016. 8:00 AM

Class #5 - Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue

Kitsap Cabin

May 4, 2016. 6:00 PM.

FT #5 - Crevasse Rescue Ground School/Prusik Practice

Kitsap Memorial Park

May 7, 2016. 8:00 AM.

 

FT #6 - Rock Climbing (Rock 2)

Leavenworth Area

May 21, 2016. 8:00 AM

 

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

Easton Glacier, Mt Baker National Forest.

May 28 and May 29, 2016. 8:00 AM

Possible break into two groups for climbs of Mt. Baker and Sherman Peak on May 30th.

 

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Climbing Class #4
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 Field Trip #1 - Knots
Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail
Sat, Jan 18, 2020
Registration closed Jan 16
0 participants
2 instructors
Basic Rock 1 Field Trip
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Mar 28, 2020
Registration closed Mar 27
1 participant
1 instructor on waitlist
Basic Rock 2 Field Trip
Mount Erie
Sat, Apr 18, 2020
Registration closed Apr 2
1 participant
2 instructors on waitlist
Roster
Required Equipment

Helmet

Climbing harness with belay loop

Mountaineering boots (not hiking boots)

Non-locking carabiners (6)

Locking carabiner pear-shaped (1)

Locking carabiners (oval or D-shaped) (3)

Approved belay device

Chock pick

Belay gloves (big box leather gloves work)

10 essentials (see info on approved compass models)

Overnight pack

Day pack

Ice axe with leash

Crampons (12 point steel) that fit your boots

Snow shovel

Picket

Rescue Pulley

Appropriate clothing

Camping items that fit into a backpack

Slings, webbing and perlon cord (we will discuss what is needed at class)