Intermediate Alpine Climbing Essentials - Kitsap

Climbing Course

Intermediate Alpine Climbing Essentials

The first module of the Kitsap branch Intermediate Climbing Course, which includes a review and evaluation of basic skills, leadership, building climbing anchors and the first section of climbing self rescue training.

This course is the Intermediate Essentials Module of the Kitsap branch Intermediate Climbing Course. If you are signed up for the intermediate package course, you do not need to sign up for this course. You will be automatically enrolled your first year as part of the package course. Continuing students should contact the course admins to be added to field trips.

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.  If you want to sign up for the entire intermediate course please do not sign up for this course, rather, sign up for the intermediate package course.


  1. Completion of the Mountaineers' Basic Alpine Climbing Course or Basic Equivalency.
  2. Membership in The Mountaineers.
  3. Mountaineering Oriented First Aid, Wilderness First Aid or equivalent (must be current by the Rescue Methods field trip of the Intermediate Essentials Module).

2020 Course Schedule (subject to change) 

Intermediate Essentials Module:

Intermediate overview, teaching and leadership lecture (evening)  1/23/2020    

Intermediate Evaluation (One day)    1/25/2020       

Leadership Seminar (One day) TBD

Ropes and Anchors lecture (evening) TBD

Ropes and Anchors (One day) TBD       

Rescue Methods lecture (evening) TBD 

Rescue Methods 1 (One day)  TBD

How to Register

Students who register for the full intermediate package course will automatically be registered for this module their first year in the course. For continuing students, contact the course admins to be added to individual field trips (as students) or register as an instructor to assist with field trips.

Students who wish to take this module separately should register and pay online at  Note that you are not officially admitted to the course until you successfully complete the Intermediate Evaluation field trip. You have one week after the Intermediate Evaluation to drop the course and request a refund, after which no refunds will be given.

  • Intermediate Essentials Module
  • Prerequisites:
  1. Membership in the Mountaineers
  2. Basic climbing course or equivalent
  • Opportunities:
  1. Meets the educational requirements to apply for scramble leadership
  2. Enables graduates to lead ropes on glacier climbs with the Kitsap Branch


Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Equipment needs will be discussed at the first classroom session.

Course Materials
Intermediate Evaluation Guideline

This is the form we will use to evaluate your skill level for the initial field trip. It includes demonstrating navigation and most basic climbing skills.

2020 Course Handbook, Rev 1

Crevasse Rescue Card

This is a pocket guide published by the Mountaineers and is the method we will use for the Evaluation Field Trip on January 26th.

Introduction to Intermediate Alpine Climbing-1/Self Rescue-1

This is the brief we will use to guide our introductory session.


Files for the leadership course.

Spire Rock Training Plan 2020

Training plan we will use at Spire Rock in Spanaway for the ropes and anchors field trip.

Climbing Self Rescue-1 Notes

Document to guide the Climbing Self Rescue-1 lecture, practice session and field trip.

The Master Point, The Shelf, The Components: Anchor Anatomy in Action

American Alpine Club document on Anchors.

Rescue Hitches.pdf