Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle - 2014

Climbing Course

Intensive Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle

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PLEASE NOTE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY IN LEADER NOTES BELOW.

The Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course compresses the regular Basic Alpine Climbing Course (6 months of 5 lectures and 8 days of 7 field trips) into 9 continuous and full days. It is a comprehensive and thorough program in training to become a competent climbing partner on technical rock, snow, and glacier climbs in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

You will need to be in good physical condition and have completed all the assigned reading by day 1.

Skills taught include belaying and rope handling, rappelling, 5th class rock climbing, snow/glacier climbing, back-country camping including snow camping, guidance on gear purchases and conditioning, and more. Participants are trained to become solid and competent participants in the realm of alpine climbing on rock and glacier summits in the Pacific Northwest.

The course format will be a combination of class lectures, in-town field trips, small group instruction at local crags and alpine climbs in the mountains during the summer, and graduation/reunion in the fall. The course is a large time commitment and requires the purchase of several hundred dollars of gear, especially if you do not currently own much hiking or backpacking gear.

Even so, beyond course fees, you can expect to spend at least $500-$700 in climbing gear. Not all things need to be purchased right away, and some things can be borrowed from friends or rented from local gear shops, but be aware there will be an investment.

Some things to keep in mind: This is not rock climbing at the crags, it's alpine climbing in the mountains on rock and snow. There are no refunds beyond the first day and only partial refunds prior to then. Frequently Asked Questions

Alpine climbing with The Mountaineers is an awesome opportunity to go to places in the mountains only few ever get to go; to experience instant trust, bonding, and community not readily available in normal day to day life, all while pushing your physical limits and achieving personal goals. We welcome you to your new adventures. 

Intense Basic Climbing Course Website 

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Leader Notes

APPLICATION and REGISTRATION - THIS IS A 2 STEP PROCESS.

1. FIRST you need to apply and be accepted via Intense Basic Application.  

2. SECOND after you have been accepted you must register in order to keep your place in the course, so the next step is for you to register. If you want to pay the full fee now (member $975, non-member $1,085) you can register online via Intense Basic Registration   If you want to pay $200 now to hold your place in the course with the balance (member $775, non-member $885) due by May 30, you will need to call The Mountaineers membership services at 201-521-6001 during office hours to register and pay the $200 and again later to pay the balance. Acceptance will be done as applications are received from registration opening through May 30. Your enrollment is not completed until you have 1. applied and been accepted and 2. registered and paid fee. CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY. The total fee for the Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course, (instruction June 14-22, climbing through October 2014) is member  $975, non-member $1,085.  $200 is due upon applying for the course to hold your place and is non refundable unless you are not accepted or the class is cancelled. The remaining $775 (or $885 non-member) must be paid by May 30 at the latest. If it is necessary to drop out for whatever reason after May 30 but before the first class session starts June 14, $500 will be returned and the remainder, $475 will be credited toward the price of the regular or Intense BACC in the future. If a participant drops out for any reason after June 13, 2014 they will be granted 2nd year status and can take the regular or Intense BACC within the next 2 years at no additional fee.




Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intensive Basic Climbing Course Lectures & Field Trips
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 26, 2015
Registration closed May 25
24 participants
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 -
Sun, Jun 21, 2015
Registration closed Jun 13
0 participants
19 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 1, 2017
Registration closed May 20
10 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 15, 2017
Registration closed May 20
10 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 22, 2017
Registration closed May 20
6 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Jun 5, 2017
Registration closed Jun 3
3 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Jun 12, 2017
Registration closed Jun 11
4 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Jun 13, 2017
Registration closed Jun 11
5 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Jun 17, 2017
Registration closed Jun 15
1 participant
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Jun 16, 2018
Registration closed Jun 15
0 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
Registration closed Jun 15
0 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Jun 18, 2018
Registration closed Jun 16
0 participants
1 instructor
Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
Tue, Jun 19, 2018
Registration closed Jun 18
0 participants
4 instructors
Mount Erie
Wed, Jun 20, 2018
Registration closed Jun 18
0 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jun 21, 2018
Registration closed Jun 19
0 participants
1 instructor
Austin Pass (winter)
Fri, Jun 22, 2018 -
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
Registration closed Jun 20
0 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Aug 15, 2020
Registration closed Jun 4
1 participant
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, Aug 16, 2020
Registration closed Jun 5
1 participant
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Aug 17, 2020
Registration closed Jun 6
1 participant
0 instructors
Vantage (Frenchman Coulee)
Tue, Aug 18, 2020
Registration closed Jun 7
1 participant
0 instructors
Mount Erie
Wed, Aug 19, 2020
Registration closed Jun 8
1 participant
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Aug 20, 2020
Registration closed Jun 9
1 participant
0 instructors
Mount Baker Recreation Area
Fri, Aug 21, 2020 -
Sun, Aug 23, 2020
Registration closed Jun 10
1 participant
0 instructors
Intense Basic Field Trip
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Jun 13, 2016
Registration closed Jun 11
11 participants
6 instructors
Conditioner Hikes
Little Si
Wed, Apr 5, 2017
Registration closed Apr 3
6 participants
Mount Si Main Trail
Wed, Apr 26, 2017
Registration closed Apr 24
7 participants
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Wed, May 10, 2017
Registration closed May 8
2 participants
Mount Washington (Snoqualmie)
Wed, May 31, 2017
Registration closed May 29
4 participants
Mount Si Main Trail
Wed, Jun 7, 2017
Registration closed Jun 5
4 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Tue, May 14, 2019
Registration closed May 14
4 participants
Bandera Mountain (West Peak)
Tue, May 21, 2019
Registration closed May 19
10 participants
Mount Si Old Trail
Tue, Jun 4, 2019
Registration closed Jun 2
5 participants
Mailbox Peak
Tue, Jun 11, 2019
Registration closed Jun 9
8 participants
Intense Basic Meet and Greet (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 24, 2018
Registration closed Apr 22
2 participants
0 instructors
Intense Basic Skills Practice (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Jun 3, 2019
Registration closed Jun 2
10 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 7, 2020
Registration closed May 7
6 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, May 13, 2020
Registration closed May 13
3 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 21, 2020
Registration closed May 19
2 participants
5 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, May 27, 2020
Registration closed May 26
11 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jul 15, 2020
Registration closed Jul 15
7 participants
Intensive Basic Gear Night (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jun 6, 2019
Registration closed Jun 6
11 participants
3 instructors
Ascent Outdoors, Seattle
Wed, May 6, 2020
Registration closed May 4
10 participants
6 instructors
Intensive Basic Meet & Greet (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
Registration closed Mar 24
3 participants
0 instructors
Roster
Course Materials
Name/Description Type
Knots for Mountaineers Intense Basic Alpine Climbing

Basic knots, Rope Coiling and Knot Terminology for the Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course

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