Basic Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle - 2024

Climbing Course

Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Basic Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle - 2024 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.

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 follower on 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 as a participant 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, as well as to attend a full day of Stewardship.

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 Field Trip #5 - Crevasse Rescue Demo & Practice (optional)
Magnuson Park
Thu, Apr 25, 2024
Registration closed Apr 23
2 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Overnight Snow Scrambling
Artist Point
Sat, Apr 27, 2024 -
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Registration closed Apr 5
0 participants
0 instructors
Mazama Ridge (Mount Rainier)
Sat, Apr 27, 2024 -
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Registration closes Apr 25
0 participants
2 instructors
Artist Point
Sat, Apr 27, 2024 -
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Registration closes Apr 25
0 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Mount Baker Recreation Area: Squak Glacier
Sat, May 18, 2024 -
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closed Apr 24
0 participants
0 instructors
Bean Creek Basin
Sat, May 18, 2024 -
Sun, May 19, 2024
Registration closes May 16
1 participant
1 instructor
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #6 - Snow Travel, and Snow Anchors
Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas
Sun, Apr 28, 2024
Registration closes Apr 26
2 participants
6 instructors
Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas
Sat, May 4, 2024
Registration closes May 2
5 participants on waitlist
4 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Skills night (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 29, 2024
Registration closes Apr 28
58 participants
34 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 6, 2024
Registration closes May 5
72 participants
37 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 13, 2024
Registration closes May 12
56 participants
36 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Lecture #4 - Glacier Travel + Trip Planning & Climbing Team (optional)
Online Classroom
Thu, May 2, 2024
Registration closes Apr 30
25 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Conditioner (optional)
Camp Muir
Sat, May 4, 2024
Registration closes May 2
0 participants
0 instructors
Mount Si Main Trail
Sun, May 5, 2024
Registration closes May 3
5 participants
2 instructors
West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line
Wed, May 8, 2024
Registration closes May 8
7 participants
Mount Si Main Trail
Sat, May 25, 2024
Registration closes May 18
0 participants
Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Practice (optional)
Marymoor Park
Wed, May 8, 2024
Registration closes May 6
3 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Basic Alpine Field Trip #7 - Crevasse Rescue Evaluation
Magnuson Park
Tue, May 21, 2024
Registration closes May 19
0 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Magnuson Park
Thu, May 23, 2024
Registration closes May 21
3 participants
2 instructors on waitlist
Roster
Required Equipment

See handbook under Course Materials

Course Materials
Name/Description
2024 Basic Alpine Climbing Handbook.pdf

Basic FT CURRICULUM 2023

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.