Basic Climbing Course- Olympia - 2016

Climbing Course

Basic AlpineClimbing Course

Basic Alpine Climbing Class - Olympia Branch - 2016

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

The Olympia Basic Climbing Course is a one to two year course.  It is a VERY intensive commitment of time/energy/and resources for students committed to the course- please carefully evaluate the commitment that you can make before signing up.  Those new to the outdoors or returning after a long hiatus are strongly urged to take Alpine Scrambling the first year to learn skills and consolidate conditioning before committing to Climbing the second year.  BC students are STRONGLY encouraged to complete the lectures and all field trips the first year.  To graduate participants must ATTEND & PARTICIPATE in 1) all lectures and field trips, 2)successfully COMPLETE a conditioner & 3 experience climbs, 3) complete our Mountaineering Orientated First Aid class or equivalent, 4) complete our Navigation class or equivalent. and finally 5) a 1 day Stewardship project.  The text we will use is Freedom of the Hills Ed#8 and is included in the course fee-DO NOT ORDER IT with your course sign-up as we cannot refund that portion of your fees. Wilderness Skills is a PREREQUISITE for this course and you are automaticaly enrolled in Wilderness Skills at no extra charge when you enroll in the climbing course(do not register on-line for Wilderness Skills, as you will be charged a separate fee). The Wilderness Skills Winter dates have been set for Saturdays January 30 and February 6.  The Olympia Navigation class will be discounted for all Scrambling and Basic Climbing students- see course chair for discount code before signing up.  For more information see the Olympia Basic Climbing Course page on

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
BC Lecture #1: Intro and Basic Skills
Columbian Hall
Tue, Feb 7, 2017
Registration closed Jan 28
3 participants
3 instructors
BC Field Trip #2: Belay Practice
Priest Point Park
Sun, Mar 5, 2017
Registration closed Jan 28
0 participants
2 instructors on waitlist
Priest Point Park
Sun, Mar 3, 2019
Registration closed Mar 1
4 participants
2 instructors
BC Lecture #4: Risk Management
Columbian Hall
Tue, Apr 4, 2017
Registration closed Jan 28
0 participants
8 instructors on waitlist
BC Activity: Rock Gym Climbing Night (optional)
Cirque Climbing Gym
Sun, May 7, 2017
Registration closed Jan 28
6 participants
12 instructors
BC Field Trip #7: Crevasse Rescue
Mount Rainier Lower Nisqually Glacier
Sat, Jun 3, 2017
Registration closed Jan 28
10 participants
12 instructors on waitlist
BC Lecture #3: Mountain Hazards
Lacey Community Center
Tue, Mar 12, 2019
Registration closed Mar 10
11 participants
10 instructors
BC Field Trip #5: Rock Fundamentals
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, May 4, 2019
Registration closed May 2
8 participants
2 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, May 5, 2019
Registration closed May 3
7 participants
6 instructors
Required Equipment

Equipment Checklist is found in the BC Student Manual and will be covered in a breakout at Wilderness Skills and during the first class session.

Course Materials

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