Basic Climbing Refresher - Seattle - 2018

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Refresher

Basic Climbing Refresher allows Basic Graduates the opportunity to review and practice rock and snow skills. Non-members and non-Basic Climbing grads are also welcome if they have the appropriate climbing skills.

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 for this course allows access to all Basic Climbing documents. It does not sign you up for any clinics.

Basic Climbing Refresher is a series of FREE  independent clinics for Basic Grads and Glacier Travel 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.

Non-members, and members  who believe they have equivalent  training, but are without a Basic Climbing, Intermediate Climbing, or Glacier Travel badge, are welcome. But they will need to contact the leader to sign up for the clinics. 

Intermediates and grads are invited to instruct and also take part in the activities.

Skill clinics will be offered throughout the year, depending on demand and instructor availability.  The goal is for at least one clinic every two months in addition to the late spring "4 Clinic Refresher  Course" series.

You can do as much or as little as you'd like.  There is no grading.   No badge is awarded.

4 CLINIC Spring "Refresher Course":
Fundamental Skill
s:  sessions at the Seattle Program center where we will review knots, belay skills, rappel skills, and prussiking up ropes.  

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

Cravasse Rescue Skills: sessions at the Seattle Program center where we will review the cravasse rescue system taught in the Seattle Basic Climbing course.

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


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