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Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Basic Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle - 2022

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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.

Registration Timeframes: 

Applications accepted: Oct 1st - Oct 8th (non-members can apply)
Application results published: NOVEMBER 1ST
Successful applicants register: NOVEMBER 2Nd - NOVEMBER 5TH
Cancellation: Refund minus $10 by Dec 5th. No refunds after this.

This course is often oversubscribed. Students are selected from the applicant pool via a lottery, after screening for a basic level of outdoor experience. 

The Basic Alpine Climbing Course is a year-long program preparing students to be solid and competent climbers reaching rock and glacier summits of the Pacific Northwest. The course format is a combination of class lectures, field trips, small group instruction at local crags, and alpine climbs in the mountains during the summer. The course includes 4 lectures and 9 field trips plus readings.

After successful completion of the coursework, students start going on climbs, always with carefully selected, experienced leaders. An adequate level of physical fitness is required.

Skills taught include belaying, rappelling, rope handling, lower 5th class rock climbing, snow climbing, glacier travel, back-country camping including on snow, guidance on gear purchases and conditioning, and more - lots more.

Read more about THE COURSE here

The course is a significant time commitment and also requires the purchase of several hundred dollars of clothing and equipment, especially for those who do not already have hiking or backpacking gear. Even those who have some equipment already can expect to spend at least $500 or more on gear, and the course fee is $975.

Not all things need to be purchased right away, however, and some things can be rented from local mountain shops or borrowed from friends. But be aware our course requires an investment of both time and money. Some things to keep in mind: This is not rock climbing at the crags, it's summit-oriented alpine climbing in the mountains on rock, snow, and glaciers. There are no refunds beyond the first class meeting in December. 

Alpine climbing with The Mountaineers is an awesome opportunity to confidently and competently visit places where few can go; to experience levels of instant trust, bonding, and community not commonly experienced in everyday life, all while pushing your physical limits and achieving personal goals.

Welcome to your new adventures. We look forward to sharing them with you.

Due to the size of this course, we form Small Instructional Groups (SIG) of 8-10 students and pair them with an experienced leader and a few assistants to help the leader, in instructing at any practice sessions, conditioning hikes, and SIG field trips. You will be notified of your groups when the course starts.

It is important to note that in addition to the activities listed below at the time of course registration, 2 SIG Field Trips (Rock + Snow Overnight Scrambling), Conditioning Hikes, and Skills Night Sessions on Mondays are yet to be scheduled after coordinating with your respective SIG leads and students. 

READ CODY'S (2016 STUDENT) EXPERIENCE WITH THE COURSE


SCHOLARSHIPS / Financial Assistance

The Mountaineers is committed to making our courses accessible to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Our courses are priced to cover our costs, but we know that costs add up quickly, especially when students also need to purchase gear.  We encourage students to apply for our scholarship program, which is funded by generous donors to make courses more accessible. Applications may take up to 2 weeks to process and Financial Assistance can not be applied to courses or activities already registered for. You can learn more about and apply for a scholarship

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Lecture #0 - Meet & Greet with Course Introduction
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Dec 5, 2021
Registration closes Dec 3
120 participants
36 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Lecture #1 - Intro to Rock
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jan 6, 2022
Registration closes Jan 4
120 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #1 - Belay/Lower
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jan 19, 2022
Registration closes Jan 17
40 participants
8 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jan 20, 2022
Registration closes Jan 18
40 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Jan 21, 2022
Registration closes Jan 19
40 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #2 - Intro to Anchors and Rappeling
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jan 25, 2022
Registration closes Jan 16
30 participants
10 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jan 26, 2022
Registration closes Jan 24
30 participants
11 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Jan 28, 2022
Registration closes Jan 26
30 participants
11 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Feb 4, 2022
Registration closes Feb 2
30 participants
11 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #3 - Rappels, Belays, Climbing, & Anchors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Feb 12, 2022
Registration closes Feb 10
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Feb 12, 2022
Registration closes Feb 10
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Feb 13, 2022
Registration closes Feb 11
20 participants
8 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Feb 13, 2022
Registration closes Feb 11
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Feb 20, 2022
Registration closes Feb 18
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Feb 20, 2022
Registration closes Feb 18
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Lecture #2 - Alpine Rock
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Feb 24, 2022
Registration closes Feb 20
120 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #4 - Rock Evaluations
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
Registration closes Mar 24
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Mar 26, 2022
Registration closes Mar 24
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Mar 27, 2022
Registration closes Mar 25
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Mar 27, 2022
Registration closes Mar 25
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 2, 2022
Registration closes Mar 31
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 2, 2022
Registration closes Mar 31
20 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Lecture #3 - Snow Travel + Crevasse Rescue
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 4, 2022
Registration closes Apr 2
120 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #5 - Crevasse Rescue Demo & Practice
Magnuson Park
Wed, Apr 13, 2022
Registration closes Apr 11
30 participants
11 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, Apr 14, 2022
Registration closes Apr 12
30 participants
11 instructors
Magnuson Park
Wed, Apr 20, 2022
Registration closes Apr 18
30 participants
10 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, Apr 21, 2022
Registration closes Apr 19
30 participants
11 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #6 - Snow Travel, and Snow Anchors
Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas
Sat, Apr 30, 2022
Registration closes Apr 28
40 participants
11 instructors
Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas
Sun, May 1, 2022
Registration closes Apr 29
40 participants
10 instructors
Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas
Sat, May 7, 2022
Registration closes May 5
40 participants
11 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Lecture #4 - Glacier Travel + Trip Planning & Climbing Team
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 17, 2022
Registration closes May 15
120 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #7 - Crevasse Rescue Evaluation
Magnuson Park
Wed, May 25, 2022
Registration closes May 23
30 participants
10 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, May 26, 2022
Registration closes May 24
30 participants
11 instructors
Magnuson Park
Wed, Jun 1, 2022
Registration closes May 30
30 participants
11 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, Jun 2, 2022
Registration closes May 31
30 participants
11 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

See handbook

Course Materials
Name/Description
Google Classroom

This is an invitation link to join Google Classroom for students only, where we share more reading and practice materials.

2021 Basic Climbing Handbook

2020 Seattle Basic Climbing Handbook

Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Field Trip Curriculum v2021-03-14

Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Curriculum 2021 update 2021-03-14, FT #3 update

Crevasse Rescue Illustrated v2018

Crevasse Rescue Illustrated 2018

2021 SIG Rock FT Guide.pdf

Guidance for SIG Rock Field Trip

2021 SIG Snow FT Guide.pdf

Guidance for SIG Snow Field Trip

Reporting an Overdue Climber

What is an overdue climber, and what should family/friends do if you do not return on scheduled day.

Basic Climbs Guide

A description of climbs eligible for graduation credit. 2010 is the most recent version.

Basic Alpine Course Graduation Application

On-line graduation application form. Please do not submit an application before you complete all requirements UNLESS you can not complete them before October 15 (and want 2nd year status). Use this form to apply for extensions or for a conditional graduation request.

FAQs

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