Traditional Climbing

The Traditional Climbing course (formerly Beyond Basic) provides classroom and field instruction designed to teach the techniques of safe climbing on rock. It occurs annually between March/April and July. There are four instruction and practice sessions followed by scheduled field trips at Leavenworth, Tieton, Vantage, and Exit 38.
Participants of this course will be introduced to a broad range of techniques and scenarios. Upon successful review of safe, basic climbing techniques, students will be guided through the following topics: climbing techniques (crack climbing, slab climbing, off-width, etc.); anchor set-up and cleaning; leading sport routes; introduction to trad climbing; and SERENE anchors.  Field trip locations include Tieton, Vantage, Exit 38, and Leavenworth, although they could change. Visit the course listing when available to view field trip details.


Please bring the equipment specified in the Required Equipment section of the course to all activities. However, much of the equipment can be borrowed from course leadership or from The Mountaineers.


Registration typically begins in November and the course goes from April to July. You'll be required to submit a background of your climbing experience for approval to register for this course.