Basic Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle - 2022

Climbing Course

Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Basic Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle - 2022

this course is full as is the waitlist. 



WHEN MANAGING YOUR REGISTration PLEASE DO NOT SIGN-UP FOR SIG-RELATED ACTIVITIES unless you have permission from your small instructional group (SIG) leader.

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 weekdays (mostly Mondays but caries on space availability and SIG coordination)  are yet to be scheduled after coordinating with your respective SIG leads and students. 


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

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

See handbook

Course Materials
2023 Basic Alpine Climbing Handbook.pdf

Summary of course content and graduation requirements.

Basic FT CURRICULUM 2022.pdf

All about the Field trips

Crevasse rescue 2021

Illustrated crevasse rescue, v 2021

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.


Your survival guide to Basic Alpine Climbing


Slides for lectures

How to navigate our Mountaineers' website

Ever wondered how to navigate our Home Page, How to set up alerts and notifications on your profile for new courses, activities, seminars, and/or clinics OR Finding Courses (First Aid, Navigation shown) OR Finding Stewardship and Climbing Conditioner activities OR Finding Basic Climbs. Also includes navigating Trip Page, route description and trip reports. DO NOT FORGET TO USE CHAPTERS IN THIS VIDEO TO TAKE YOU TO DESIRED TOPIC OF YOUR INTEREST.