Basic Climbing Refresher - Seattle - 2017

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Refresher

Basic Climbing Refresher is a series of independent clinics. This series provides Basic graduates from previous years the opportunity to review and practice rock and snow skills. Non-members with similar training and skills also welcome.

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.

Link to list of currently scheduled Refresher clinics
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You must sign up for individual clinics.  Cost per clinic: $0

Sign up for this course  primarily to access  instructional information (found in "Course materials" tab).

Basic Climbing Refresher is a series of independent CLINICS for Basic Grads, and those with equivalent training and experience.  This series is an opportunity to learn current best practices, new gear, new techniques and brush up on your skills.  There is no pressure - you can challenge yourself and increase your skill level, or relax as you review familiar techniques.

Sign up for one clinic or all. 

Non-members, and those without a Basic Climbing or Glacier Travel badge, will need to contact the leader for sign up for the clinics.

Skill clinics will be offered throughout the year, depending on demand and instructor availability.  

Fundamental Skill
s:  a session at the Seattle Program center where you will review knots, belay skills, rappel skills, and prussiking up ropes.  

Rock Skills:  a session at a rock crag where we will set up anchors, belay, climb, rappel.

Snow and Glacier Travel Skills: a  session at a ski area where we will practice crevasse rescue, snow travel and ice axe arrest, and snow anchor building.

There is no grading.   No badge is awarded.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Varies by clinic. Check each clinic for required equipment.

Course Materials
2018 Basic Climbing Illustrated Guide to Crevasse Rescue

Illustrated guide to using 2-1 pulley system for crevasse rescue

2018 Basic Alpine Climbing Handbook

2018 Basic Curriculum

2018 What's New with Basic

Basic Alpine Handbook 2017

Handbook for Basic Alpine Climbing 2017 Contains list of equipment, list of Basic Climbs, how to report an overdue party, etc.

2017 Basic Alpine Climbing Course Lectures

A collection of the presentations shown at the 2017 Basic Climbing Course lectures. Some of these presentations are quite large.

Basic Field Trips 2017 (pdf)

Skills covered in the 2017 Basic Alpine Climbing field trips. Contains a number of links to instructional videos.


Your survival guide to Basic Alpine Climbing