Basic Climbing Course   - Kitsap - 2018

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course - Kitsap

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

Thank you for your interest in joining the 2018 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 progressively gain knowledge and technical skills throughout the class and ultimately apply them to actual climbs.  The course will utilize the book, Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition as part of the instruction.  Classes will be held at the Kitsap Cabin in Bremerton.  Field sessions will occur at a variety of locations to meet the specific training. 

For insight about the course from a past student, please read the blog at the following link.

The climbing course involves a commitment of time both in and outside of the scheduled classes and field trips for learning about mountaineering and climbing, developing technical abilities, and conditioning. 

Cancellation from the course will incur a $100 fee prior to registration closure. Cancellation after registration has closed will result in partial or no refund, subject to the Chair's decision.

Please consider the time commitment, course schedule, and cancellation policy before registering. 

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 (~ $70)
  • Complete a separate Wilderness First Aid or Mountain-Oriented First Aid course (~ $170)
  • Fulfill a Stewardship activity


Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Climbing Course - Meet and Greet (optional)
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Sat, Nov 23, 2019
Registration closed Nov 21
20 participants
4 instructors
Activity 12 - Rock Climbing Technique and Belay Escape
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Wed, Mar 25, 2020
Registration closed Mar 23
1 participant
5 instructors on waitlist
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Wed, Mar 24, 2021
Registration closed Mar 22
15 participants
2 instructors
Activity 13 - Basic Rock 1
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Mar 28, 2020
Registration closed Mar 27
1 participant
1 instructor on waitlist
Activity 14 - Basic Rock 2
Mount Erie
Sat, Apr 18, 2020
Registration closed Apr 2
1 participant
2 instructors on waitlist
Basic Climbing Class #1
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Wed, Jan 13, 2021
Registration closed Jan 12
15 participants
20 instructors
Basic Field Trip #1 - Knots
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Sat, Jan 16, 2021
Registration closed Jan 15
15 participants
2 instructors
Basic Climbing Class #2
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Wed, Jan 27, 2021
Registration closed Jan 26
15 participants
2 instructors
Basic Belay/Rappel Field Trip #2
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Sat, Feb 6, 2021
Registration closed Feb 5
15 participants
1 instructor
Activity 7 - Snow Climbing
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Wed, Mar 3, 2021
Registration closed Mar 1
15 participants
2 instructors
Activity 8 - Snow 1 Field Trip
Hurricane Ridge (winter)
Sat, Apr 10, 2021 -
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Registration closed Apr 9
5 participants
0 instructors
Hurricane Ridge (winter)
Sat, Apr 9, 2022
Registration closed Apr 7
4 participants on waitlist
1 instructor
Hurricane Ridge (winter)
Sun, Apr 10, 2022
Registration closed Apr 8
4 participants
0 instructors
Basic Climbing Class #5
Online Classroom
Wed, May 12, 2021
Registration closed Apr 26
5 participants
2 instructors on waitlist
Activity 9 - Crevasse Rescue
Hurricane Hill
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closed Apr 29
2 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Hurricane Ridge (winter)
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration closed May 14
5 participants
2 instructors
Stewardship Credit
McCleary Cliffs
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
Registration closed Mar 24
7 participants
0 instructors
Activity 15- Basic Alpine Climb (counts as graduation climb) (optional)
Mount Ellinor & Mount Washington
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
Registration closed Jun 16
2 participants
2 instructors
Mount Ellinor & Mount Washington
Sat, Jul 9, 2022
Registration closed Jun 23
0 participants
2 instructors
Required Equipment
  • Helmet
  • Climbing harness with belay loop
  • Mountaineering boots (not hiking boots)
  • Non-locking carabiners (6 - wire gates are best, not minis)
  • Locking carabiner pear shaped (1)
  • Locking carabiner - oval or D-shaped (3)
  • Approved belay device (i.e., Petzl Reverso 4 or Black Diamond ATC Guide)
  • Chock pick
  • Belay gloves (big box leather gloves work)
  • 10 essentials (see info on approved compasses)
  • Overnight pack (suggest 60 to 75 liter)
  • Day pack (suggest 35 to 40 liter, can also use Overnight pack)
  • Ice axe (sized appropriately) with leash
  • Crampons - 12 point steel with horizontal front points that fit your boots
  • Snow shovel (metal, not plastic)
  • Picket - 24" aluminum
  • Rescue pulley - prusik minding (will have square shoulders)
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Camping items that fit into pack
  • Slings, webbing, and perlon cord (we will go over what is needed in class)
  • Snow shoes (can be rented or borrowed too)