Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #4 - Rock Evaluations

Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #4 - Rock Evaluations - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Due to public health concerns and following directions from the Governor and the Mountaineers, all FT #3 events will be postponed. Since the situation is evolving quickly, more information on how we will move forward with this field trip and the course as a whole will be distributed on March 31st. For further information, please check the Mountaineers webpage or contact the Basic chair (Alina Badus) and the Field trip co-chair (Jan Abendroth).

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 activity.
  • Sat, Mar 21, 2020
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Adults
  • Moderate

Morning session of this field trip:

Sign in by 8AM in Goodman C at the Seattle Program Center. This session runs until noon.

There is a separate afternoon session. 

Students, please only sign up for one session.

Instructors can sign up for both session for the day.

Climbing, Belaying, & Rappelling, ... on the climbing walls.


  • Rappelling, safe rappel rigging, and connecting into an anchor.
  • Able to identify safe anchor rigging.
  • Belaying a second, belaying a leader, and belay tie-off.
  • Climb 3 or more top-rope routes on the south plaza climbing wall, 
  • Friction climbing.
  • Advanced rappelling; including difficult starts (sit-n-spin), no extension options, & alternate rappel method (3 locking carabiners).



Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Equipment:     Be sure to bring all the gear listed below. Mark your equipment so that you will be able to identify it when it gets mixed in with other gear.

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Belay device
  • Belay gloves
  • 1 large, locking pear-shaped carabiner ("HMS" or "Pearabiner")
  • 2 locking and 6 non-locking carabiners
  • 3 60cm (single), and 2 120cm (double) sewn or tied runners; 2 sewn runners (120 cm and 60 cm)
  • (2) 2' Prussik Loop (aka Hero Loop). A 4' length of round accessory cord tied into a loop = a bit less than 2' length.
  • Backpack
  • Mountaineering Boots (rock shoes are NOT allowed for this fieldtrip)
  • Rain jacket and pants, insulating layers and warm non-cotton base layer clothing for climbing outside in cold, and possibly wet weather
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