Intermediate Alpine Climbing Course - Seattle - 2017

Climbing Course

Intermediate Climbing Course

2017 Intermediate Climbing Course - Seattle

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Important!  Read this to get an idea for what you are signing up for.

The Intermediate course will be capped at 55 students this year.  The course size says zero for now so that everyone submitting an application starts on the "waitlist" and then is offered a spot on the course later (around Nov. 1st) if their application is accepted.


The cost of the  2017 Intermediate Alpine Climbing course has a number of different components, not all of which need to be taken during your first year:

  • The course fee: $400 for members (or $500 for non-members)
  • AIARE Level 1” course: $275 for members (or $325 for non-members)
  • “Leading on Gear” course: $140 for Intermediate students, $200 for everyone else (a.k.a. The Single Pitch Trad course)
  • “Multipitch Trad Climbing” course: $210 for Intermediate students, $300 for everyone else
  • Additional gear costs: This is highly individual and variable. Expect around $1000
  • “Wilderness First Aid” course: (if you have not take it already) $185

(If you are experiencing financial hardship and find a course fee prohibitive, the Mountaineers offers some Financial Assistance.)

For some extra info about what the Intermediate course is, please read this page by Rob Busack:

Submission of applications for the 2017 course will be welcomed starting Monday, October 10, 2016.  The deadline for applications is Monday, October 24, 2016.  Here is the application: 

In order to participate in this course, students must submit an application and be accepted and pass the Intermediate Evaluation.  Intermediate evaluations will be held on Sunday, December 4th and Saturday, December 10th; you only need to attend one day or the other, but there are no make-ups, so you must be available.  The application process is as follows (Note: Steps 1 & 2 are required for each applicant):

1) Starting Oct 10th, register for the wait list below.  "Leader Permission" is not required for this step in the process.  Note: Registration on the waitlist is not a guarantee of acceptance into the course.

2) Find the application (2017 Application) here. Once completed, email the application it to:  The deadline for sending in an application is Monday, October 24th.

3) Once submitted, your application will be reviewed by the Intermediate Climbing committee. The committee reviews submitted applications between October 25th and  the date of the first lecture; with priority given to those submitted by the deadline.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be reviewed based upon space available.

4) Once the review of an application starts, then receipt of applications will be acknowledged.

5) The committee will continue to review applications up until the initial course lecture, and may not take action with all applications in the order received.

6) Once you are accepted into the course, the applicant will receive an email from the Intermediate Committee indicating their acceptance and we will also adjust your status to approved, after which you can complete the online registration process and pay the course fee through the website.

More course details to follow. You will be able to return to the this page later for links to the 2017 student handbook and course activities. 


Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Here is one person's opinions on useful gear for the Intermediate course: 
Take it with a grain of salt.  There are hundreds of different right answers about what gear you might need, and what works well for one person may not be right for another.  Don't over-purchase before you understand what you are buying.  Wait and talk to multiple friends and your Intermediate Mentor Group leader to hear a lot of different opinions, then decide for yourself what makes the most sense to you before you buy.  Better yet, see if you can borrow gear from someone to try it first before buying your own.

Course Materials

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