Alpine Rock Course - Seattle - 2018

Climbing Course

Alpine Rock Course

Alpine Rock Course

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This course teaches alpine rock skills and techniques tailored to committing alpine rock objectives in the Pacific Northwest.  It is designed for climbers who wish to pursue Grade IV and V alpine rock routes, such as the Complete North Ridge of Mt. Stuart, Backbone Ridge on Dragontail Peak, and the NE Buttress on Slesse.

The course is well suited for climbers  with experience on ice, snow, and especially rock.  Students need to be comfortable leading crag routes 5.8 trad or higher, and have completed the Rock Modules or possess equivalent experience.  Alpine climbing and scrambling experience is necessary. Additional consideration is given to those with a good history of volunteerism.

Students learn and apply new skills at five evening sessions at the Program Center, followed by trips to Squamish, Leavenworth and Washington Pass. Students graduate by planning and executing a final Grade IV or V, 5.8 or harder alpine rock climb.


Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment
  • Gear needed for a multipitch trad rock climb, such as trad rack, rope, etc.
  • Assisted breaking device, such as GriGri, MegaJul, etc.
  • Progress caption device, such as Micro Traxion, Tibloc, etc.
  • 18-22' rigging material, such as 5.5mm Techcord, 7mm Nylon cordelette, etc.

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Course Materials

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