Basic Climbing Refresher - Seattle - 2019

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Refresher

Basic Climbing Refresher allows Basic Graduates the opportunity to review and practice rock and snow skills by participating in a series of clinics. 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.

The Basic Climbing Refresher Course has been replaced by a series of independent CLINICS for Basic Grads and Glacier Travel grads, and those with equivalent training and experience.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 in particular areas.

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BasiC Refresher CLINICS




Sign up for one clinic or all.

Non-members, and members 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.  

Belay Skills
:  a session at the Seattle Program center where you will review knots.belay skills, and belay tie-off/escape.  

Crevasse Rescue Skills:  a session at the Seattle Program Center where you will review the crevasse rescue skills currently being taught to Basic Climbing Students.

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.

Top-Rope Anchor Rigging:  a session at the Seattle Program Center to learn how to set up Top-rope anchors on bolts using SERENE principles.

You can do as much or as little as you'd like.  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
Name/Description Type
2018 Basic Climbing Illustrated Guide to Crevasse Rescue

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

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2018 Basic Alpine Climbing Handbook

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2018 Basic Curriculum

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2018 What's New with Basic

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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.

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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.

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Basic Field Trips 2017 (pdf)

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

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Your survival guide to Basic Alpine Climbing

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