Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course   - Seattle - 2016

Climbing Course

Intensive Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Learn to become a competent climbing partner on technical rock, snow, and glacier climbs in the Pacific Northwest and beyond in this compressed, 9 day course.

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Please review the SPECIFIC PARAGRAPH for Intense Basic Alpine Climbing  in  cancellation policy before registering.

UPDATE.  As of March 1, 2016, we are no longer accepting applications for the Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course. We will notify applicants of their acceptance into the course on Monday, March 8, 2016. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR THE COURSE UNTIL YOU RECEIVE NOTIFICATION THAT YOUR APPLICATION WAS ACCEPTED.

The Intense Basic Alpine Climbing Course compresses the regular BACC (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. It also includes 3 or more alpine climbs this summer at no extra cost. Because this is a condensed course, a few suggestions will go a long way to ensure your success in graduating the course. All required reading and quizzes should be completed by the first day of the course. Additionally, Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness Navigation are required in order to graduate from the course. These separate courses are not offered frequently in the summer, so it is best to take them prior to the June 18 course. Preference will be given to applicants who either have already taken these courses, or can show us that they are registered. Finally, students should arrive on June 18 in full physical condition for alpine climbing. This means being able to hike at 2 miles per hour up a peak that gains ~1,000' per mile, for multiple hours. Additional outdoor experience such as scrambling, backpacking, and sport climbing also goes a long way to be successful in this course!

The fee includes the course (not including Navigation and First Aid),

  • a hard cover and eVersion of Freedom of the Hills, 8th ed.,  
  • a copy of the most recent edition of Accidents in North American Mountaineering,

  • transportation to/from Magnuson for all field trips away from the Magnuson Program Center,

  • 2 meals (coffee, breakfast rolls, fruit, pizza, sandwiches), when we are at the Program Center,

  • any permit fees for field trips away from the Magnuson Program Center.  

Other transportation, meals, lodging, gear, incidentals are not included. We would be happy to recommend lodging which would be convenient for public transportation.

Youth pricing of $900 is available upon request for Mountaineers members who are 26 and under. Email basic.intense@gmail.com for more information.

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. 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.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
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
Intensive Basic Climbing Course Lectures & Field Trips
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 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
Required Equipment

IF YOU HAVE LITTLE OR NO CLIMBING EXPERIENCE, IT MIGHT BE BETTER NOT TO PURCHASE ANY TECHNICAL CLIMBING EQUIPMENT UNTIL AFTER THE MEET 'N GREET.  THIS INCLUDES BOOTS. MUCH MORE INFORMATION IS CONTAINED IN "INTENSE BASIC STUDENT HANDBOOK - 2016" (PAGES 12-19), ACCESSIBLE THROUGH "COURSE MATERIALS" TAB.

Gear Matrix

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT (X),
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT (O)

Rock Climbs 

Glacier Climbs 

Rock Climbs 

Glacier Climbs 

9/16” or 1” tubular nylon webbing as follows:

Gloves (wool/synthetic)

X

X

  • Two Tied runners,
  • 5 ft each, color A

X

X

Second pair gloves/mittens(T)

O

  • Two tied runners,
  • 9 ft each, color B

X

X

Mitten shells (overmitts)

O

X

  • Chest harness: One 8 ft, color C 

X

X

Day pack (frameless or rucksack)(4)

X

O

  • One nylon 120 cm sewn runner
  • One nylon 60 cm sewn runner

 X

 X

 

 

 

5mm or 6mm perlon as follows:

Overnight pack (internal or external) (3)

Note 5

X

  • Prusiks (length per chart), color D

X

X

Compass(T)

X

X

  • Prusiks (length per chart), color E

X

X

Map of climbing destination(T)

X

X

  • Tie-off (hero) loop 4 ft, color E

X

X

Sunglasses/eye protection(T)

X

Commercial seat harness

X

X

Glacier glasses w/side shields(T)

X

Leather belay gloves

X

X

Sunscreen(T)

X

X

Climbing helmet

X

X

Lip balm w/sun protection(T)

X

X

Six non locking carabiners 

X

X

Insulating sit-pad

O

O

Three locking carabiners

X

X

Headlamp (T)

X

X

Munter Hitch locking carabiner (1)

X

X

Extra batteries (and bulb if not LED)(T)

X

X

Rescue pulley (SMC “CR” or Petzl Mini)

X

First Aid Kit(T)

X

X

Ice Ax

X

Waterproof matches or lighter(T)

X

X

Front-point crampons

X

Fire starter(T)

X

X

Chock Pick

X

Knife(T)

X

X

Belay Device

X

X

Food

X

X

Insulating hat (wool or synthetic)

X

X

Extra food(T)

X

X

Sun hat or bandanna

X

X

Water bladder/bottle (wide mouth) (T)

X

X

Underwear (wool or synthetic)

X

X

Second water container(T)

X

X

Thermal base layer--pants and LS shirt (wool or synthetic)

X

X

Water filter or purification method  (one per 2-3 climbers) (T)

Note 5

X

Shirt/Sweater, SL and LS  (wool/synth)

X

X

Emergency shelter (T)

X

X

Insulated jacket (puffy)

X

X

Paper and pencil (or waterproof pen)

X

X

Wind shell jacket (2)

O

O

Toilet kit

X

X

Rain shell jacket

X

X

Sleeping bag

Note 4

X

Pants (wool/synthetic)

X

X

Insulating pad

Note 4

X

Second pair pants (wool/synthetic)

O

O

Tent (can be shared) or bivy bag

Note 4

X

Rain pants 

X

X

Stove and fuel (one per two climbers)

Note 4

X

Gaiters 

X

Pot (one per stove)

Note 4

X

Boot Socks (wool/synthetic) 2 pair

X

X

Bowl and/or cup

Note 4

X

Liner socks(T)  2 pair

O

O

Spoon

Note 4

X

Mountaineering boots

X

X

Ear Plugs/ Eye cover

Note 4

GEAR MATRIX NOTES:
  1. The Munter Hitch requires an oversize pear-shaped HMS locking carabiner.

  2. Lightweight windshells are great layers for many conditions when a rain shell is not necessary.

  3. Instead of two separate packs, a large internal frame pack that can be compressed for day climbs may be used.

  4. You will need overnight gear on some rock, alpine and glacier climbs.

  5. It may be necessary to filter or purify water on long day trips.

     T:   Ten Essentials items
All personal equipment should be marked with the owner’s name or initials in a prominent location to make identification easy in the event of loss, theft or when commingled with other people’s equipment. Carabiners and similar articles should be marked with paint, enamel, nail polish, or electrical tape in a distinctive color or pattern.
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

False File