Basic Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle - 2023

Climbing Course

Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Basic Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle - 2023 Please read instructions for applications below.

Welcome to the Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing course! Our beautiful Pacific NW offers a lot of great alpine places that we want to share with you. Please thoroughly read the text below before applying.

The 2023 course is now full.

Application process and timelines

This course has many more applicants than we can accommodate. Therefore,  every applicant is added to a lottery for admission. Please use the link  below to submit your application. Timelines for the application process:

Course content:

The Basic Alpine Climbing Course is a year-long program that prepares you to be a solid and competent participant at Basic rock and glacier climbs of the Pacific Northwest. You will learn  belaying, rappelling, rope handling, low 5th class rock climbing, snow climbing, glacier travel, backcountry camping including on snow; you will get guidance on gear purchases and conditioning, and a lot more. The course is taught in a combination of class lectures, field trips, and small group instruction at the Program center and outdoors. Once you have passed the training, you are qualified to sign up for basic alpine climbs during summer climbing season. 

Commitment:

This course is a significant time and financial commitment:

You are expected to join seven field trips and four lectures. It is highly recommended to participate in the Monday evening training events of your small instructional group (SIG). You will also need a base level of fitness that is required to join the climbs. You will also need to complete the Navigation and Wilderness First Aid courses. 

Expect to spend $500+ on climbing-specific gear on top of general backpacking equipment. You don’t need your equipment right away, and your instructors can give you guidance.

Read about Cody’s experience with the course.

Scholarships and Financial assistance

The Mountaineers are committed to making our courses accessible to everyone, regardless of your ability to pay.  We encourage students who cannot afford this course to apply for our scholarship program, which is funded by generous donors.

Please apply early for a Scholarship. Applications may take up to 2 weeks to process and financial assistance can only be applied before you register for the course.

Read more about THIS and other Climbing COURSEs here

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Skills night (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Feb 6, 2023
Registration closes Feb 6
36 participants
23 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Feb 13, 2023
Registration closes Feb 13
36 participants
26 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Feb 20, 2023
Registration closes Feb 20
36 participants
28 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Feb 27, 2023
Registration closes Feb 27
30 participants
26 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 6, 2023
Registration closes Mar 6
78 participants
38 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 13, 2023
Registration closes Mar 13
78 participants
38 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 20, 2023
Registration closes Mar 20
77 participants
38 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 27, 2023
Registration closes Mar 27
78 participants
38 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Conditioner (optional)
Section Line Trail
Thu, Feb 16, 2023
Registration closes Feb 14
1 participant on waitlist
1 instructor
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Thu, Mar 9, 2023
Registration closes Mar 7
1 participant on waitlist
2 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #3 - Rappels, Belays, Climbing, & Anchors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Feb 19, 2023
Registration closes Feb 17
2 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Feb 25, 2023
Registration closes Feb 24
2 participants on waitlist
2 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Lecture #2 - Alpine Rock (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 2, 2023
Registration closes Mar 2
38 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Rock Climbing
Vantage/The Feathers
Fri, Mar 10, 2023 -
Sat, Mar 11, 2023
Registration closes Mar 9
3 participants
6 instructors
Vantage/The Feathers
Sat, Mar 11, 2023
Registration closes Mar 9
0 participants
Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
Sun, Mar 12, 2023
Registration closes Mar 10
3 participants
Vantage/The Feathers
Fri, Mar 17, 2023 -
Sat, Mar 18, 2023
Registration closes Mar 15
1 participant
0 instructors
Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
Sat, Mar 18, 2023 -
Sun, Mar 19, 2023
Registration closes Mar 16
2 participants
1 instructor
Vantage/The Feathers
Sat, Mar 25, 2023
Registration closes Mar 23
7 participants
Vantage/The Feathers
Fri, Mar 31, 2023 -
Sat, Apr 1, 2023
Registration closes Mar 29
7 participants
6 instructors
Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
Sat, Apr 1, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 2, 2023
Registration closes Mar 30
0 participants
1 instructor
Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
Sat, Apr 8, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 9, 2023
Registration closes Apr 6
1 participant
3 instructors
Mount Erie
Sun, Apr 9, 2023
Registration closes Apr 7
3 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #4 - Rock Evaluations
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Mar 26, 2023
Registration closes Mar 24
0 participants
7 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Mar 26, 2023
Registration closes Mar 26
20 participants
13 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 1, 2023
Registration closes Mar 30
29 participants
13 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 1, 2023
Registration closes Mar 30
33 participants
15 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Lecture #3 - Snow Travel + Crevasse Rescue (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Apr 5, 2023
Registration closes Apr 5
38 participants
2 instructors on waitlist
Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Overnight Snow Scrambling
Snoqualmie Summit East
Sat, Apr 15, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 16, 2023
Registration closes Apr 13
3 participants
1 instructor
Mount St. Helens/Worm Flows
Sat, Apr 15, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 16, 2023
Registration closes Apr 13
4 participants
Snoqualmie Summit West
Fri, Apr 21, 2023 -
Sat, Apr 22, 2023
Registration closes Oct 19
5 participants
5 instructors
Snoqualmie Summit West
Sat, Apr 22, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 23, 2023
Registration closes Apr 20
3 participants
Paradise
Sat, Apr 22, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 23, 2023
Registration closes Apr 20
1 participant
0 instructors
Diamond Head
Sat, Apr 22, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 23, 2023
Registration closes Apr 20
1 participant
1 instructor
Alpental Ski Area
Sat, Apr 29, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 30, 2023
Registration closes Apr 27
2 participants
3 instructors
Source Lake
Sat, Apr 29, 2023 -
Sun, Apr 30, 2023
Registration closes Apr 27
3 participants
2 instructors
Snoqualmie Summit West
Fri, May 12, 2023 -
Sat, May 13, 2023
Registration closes May 10
7 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #5 - Crevasse Rescue Demo & Practice (optional)
Magnuson Park
Tue, Apr 25, 2023
Registration closes Apr 24
5 participants on waitlist
5 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, Apr 27, 2023
Registration closes Apr 26
1 participant on waitlist
6 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #6 - Snow Travel, and Snow Anchors
Snoqualmie Summit West
Sun, Apr 30, 2023
Registration closes Apr 28
3 participants
7 instructors
Snoqualmie Summit West
Sat, May 6, 2023
Registration closes May 5
4 participants on waitlist
8 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Lecture #4 - Glacier Travel + Trip Planning & Climbing Team (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 11, 2023
Registration closes May 11
38 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #7 - Crevasse Rescue Evaluation
Magnuson Park
Tue, May 23, 2023
Registration closes May 21
4 participants on waitlist
7 instructors
Magnuson Park
Thu, May 25, 2023
Registration closes May 24
1 participant
9 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

See handbook under Course Materials

Course Materials
Name/Description
2023 Basic Alpine Climbing Handbook.pdf

Overview over the Course

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.

FAQs

Your survival guide to Basic Alpine Climbing

Lectures

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.