Intermediate Alpine Climbing Course - Olympia - 2024

Climbing Course

Intermediate Climbing Course

Olympia's 2024 Intermediate Climbing Course - application information below. Mandatory qualifier tentatively scheduled for February 11, 2024.

You must hold a Basic Climbing graduate badge to apply for this course. Do not register for this course without first applying and being accepted. 

Applications are being accepted through December 15th, with participants to be notified by the end of December.

Apply here:https://forms.gle/byUxgjcLzifPStMZ9

Save the date for a mandatory qualifier, tentatively scheduled for February 11, 2024, at the Tumwater Historical Park. https://maps.app.goo.gl/7cPrCufYXuEd8iP49

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.

Electronic version of Olympia Intermediate graduation requirements HERE

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intermediate Rock Lecture I
Private Residence
Wed, Apr 17, 2024
Registration closes Apr 14
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Intermediate Rock Field Trip I
Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
Sat, Apr 20, 2024 -
Sun, Apr 21, 2024
Registration closes Apr 18
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Intermediate Rock Climbing Field Trip
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, May 4, 2024 -
Sun, May 5, 2024
Registration closes Apr 28
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Intermediate Rock Lecture II
Private Residence
Thu, Jun 6, 2024
Registration closes Jun 2
1 participant on waitlist
1 instructor
Intermediate Rock Field Trip II
Leavenworth
Sat, Jun 8, 2024 -
Sun, Jun 9, 2024
Registration closes Jun 2
1 participant on waitlist
2 instructors
Intermediate Hard Snow Lecture
Private Residence
Wed, Jul 24, 2024
Registration closes Jul 21
1 participant on waitlist
3 instructors
Intermediate Hard Snow
Panorama Point
Sun, Jul 28, 2024
Registration closes Jul 24
1 participant on waitlist
3 instructors
Intermediate Ice Lecture I
Private Residence
Wed, Sep 25, 2024
Registration closes Sep 23
1 participant on waitlist
1 instructor
Intermediate Ice Field Trip I
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Sep 28, 2024 -
Sun, Sep 29, 2024
Registration closes Sep 25
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Intermediate Ice Field Trip II
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Oct 5, 2024 -
Sun, Oct 6, 2024
Registration closes Sep 25
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
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.