Intermediate Climbing Course - Olympia - 2023

Climbing Course

Intermediate Climbing Course

Olympia's 2023 Intermediate Climbing Course - application information below. Mandatory qualifier tentatively scheduled for February 5, 2023.


DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE WITHOUT FIRST APPLYING AND BEING ACCEPTED.  For the first time, we are admitting participants through an application process.  Apply here: 

Applications are being accepted through November 7, with participants to be notified by November 21.

An option "Meet and Greet" / Course Orientation Social is scheduled for November 29.

Also save the date for a mandatory qualifier, tentatively scheduled for February 5, 2023, in the Olympia area.

The intermediate climbing course provides classroom and field instruction designed to teach the techniques of safe climbing on rock, hard snow, ice, and mixed alpine terrain. Leadership and safety skills are major components of the course. The Olympia intermediate climbing course is offered in a module format that includes: instruction on winter mountaineering, including emergency shelter construction and avalanche safety and rescue; leading on rock including setting pro, building and equalizing anchors, swinging leads and self-rescue; hard snow and glacier travel including German and French technique; and vertical ice climbing including the placing of ice screws and swinging leads on 60+ degree ice.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Rock I Lecture
Private Residence
Tue, Jun 20, 2023
Registration closed Apr 23
1 participant
1 instructor
Intermediate Rock Field Trip 1
Sat, Jun 24, 2023 -
Sun, Jun 25, 2023
Registration closed Apr 27
1 participant
1 instructor
Rock II Lecture
Private Residence
Wed, Jul 5, 2023
Registration closes Jun 18
1 participant
1 instructor
Intermediate Rock Field Trip 2
Sat, Jul 8, 2023 -
Sun, Jul 9, 2023
Registration closes Jun 22
1 participant
1 instructor
Olympia Intermediate Hard Snow
Panorama Point
Sun, Jul 23, 2023
Registration closes Jul 21
3 participants
Ice I Lecture
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Sep 13, 2023
Registration closes Sep 11
1 participant
2 instructors
Olympia Intermediate Ice 1 Field Trip
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Sep 23, 2023 -
Sun, Sep 24, 2023
Registration closes Sep 21
1 participant
1 instructor
Olympia Intermediate Ice Field Trip 2
Mount Baker/Easton Glacier
Sat, Sep 30, 2023 -
Sun, Oct 1, 2023
Registration closes Sep 28
1 participant
1 instructor

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

If you were able to acquire the gear necessary for completing Basic, no new equipment is required to begin this course.  You will likely want to buy more gear, including your own rack, ice tools, and better crampons, but we work hard to make gear available to try before you buy.

Course Materials

You must register for this course to see course materials.