Intermediate Alpine Climbing Package  - Seattle - 2018

Climbing Course

Intermediate Climbing Course

Intermediate Alpine Climbing Package - Seattle

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IMPORTANT!  READ this entire article before you apply

The course is not full: The capacity is set to zero until October 28 so that nobody can register for the course before they are accepted.  

The  Intermediate Committee is accepting applications September 12 to October 15. Successful applicants will be notified  between October 27 and November 3. If you have been accepted into the course you must register here and pay the course fee. Spots that are unclaimed after November 3 will be given to the next qualifying candidates.

Before you apply, consider the cost for the package as it has a number of different components, most of which come into play during the first year:

  • The course fee is $750 
  • AIARE Level 1” course: $275 for members (or $325 for non-members)
  • 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.

 Welcome to the 2018 Intermediate Alpine Climbing Package!

Taught by fellow Mountaineers members, the Seattle Intermediate Alpine Climbing Package teaches the skills necessary to climb the rock, snow, and ice typically found in the Cascade and Olympic mountains of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to climbing techniques, the modules in this package emphasize safety, leadership, and climbing instruction. Course graduates will have the knowledge and skills to organize and lead basic level climbs and to participate in intermediate level alpine, rock and ice climbs.  This course also provides a great space to meet other Mountaineers members interested in growing their skills as well as  provide opportunities for engagement in our community.  

Starting in 2018, the intermediate course will consist of six modules, each of which can be taken individually. This course listing is a "package" for all six modules: 

  • Intermediate Glacier Travel
  • Intro to Group and Self Rescue
  • Intro to Single Pitch Trad
  • Intro to Multi Pitch Trad
  • Intro to Alpine Ice
  • Small Party Self Rescue (coming in 2019)

 Each module will at minimum have one lecture, an eval, and at least one field trip, but many modules will have two or more FTs. All students in the intermediate package will automatically get a spot in all of the modules during their first year. After their first year students need to apply to the modules at no extra cost. Students in the package will be assigned to a mentor group and are expected to participate in mentor group activities. 


Applicants to the package must meet all criteria for individual modules to get in. The following are the minimum requirements for admission to the package:

  • Membership in The Mountaineers,
  • Basic Alpine Climbing certification or equivalent experience,
  • Wilderness First Aid or equivalent,
  • Wilderness Navigation or equivalent,
  • Minimum 10 scrambles or climbs at the basic level including several basic glacier climbs and basic alpine rock climbs
  • Ability to lead 5.7 on bolts outdoors or gym lead / lead belay card 
  • Ability to climb well enough to comfortably lead 5.6 on trad
  • Ability to clean a sport anchor
  • Ability to hike Mount Si to the bottom of the haystack in under 2 hours or Mailbox Peak in under 2.5 hours with a 35 lbs pack (30 for people weighing less than 140 lbs)
  • History of volunteering

In addition, we expect applicants to be have  extensive scrambling experience and be able to move quickly and comfortably over exposed 4th class terrain. Students who have more than one season of backpacking/scrambling/climbing experience under their belt and have a lot of experience leading on bolts will have an edge in the application process.

Note that each module will have an evaluation component where prerequisite skills will be assessed. Students who fail the evaluation will have the opportunity to try again at a later instance of the same module if there is one or won't be allowed to participate in the module this year and will have to apply to the module next year.

Successful completion of this package requires a significant commitment of time, effort, and money for travel and equipment. It is the student's responsibility to attend all activities and complete all requirements. Each student must seriously assess his or her commitment of time and money prior to signing up for this package.  Consider taking each module individually if you are in doubt as each module is a much smaller commitment both in terms of time and money. Applicants also should honestly reflect on whether they are ready to take all modules during their first year. 

If you are would like to apply to the package, please fill out  the  2018 Intermediate Alpine Climbing Package Application Form.


Course Requirements

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Course Materials

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