Introduction to Alpine Rock - Seattle - 2017

Climbing Course

Introduction to Alpine Rock

Be a safe follower on a basic alpine rock climb.

Info
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Learn the fundamentals to follow a leader on a multi pitch traditional alpine rock climb.

Contact the course leader Jacob at jacob@wolniewicz.com with any questions.

Leader permission is REQUIRED before signing up. Applications are no longer being accepted.


 

This course will cover follower multi pitch climbing skills, belay escape techniques, rappelling, and gear selection that is appropriate for spring/summer alpine rock peak climbs in the Pacific NW. This course will cover skills required to be a member for a basic rock climb.

The schedule of the course will include four nights at the Seattle Program Center, one full day at the center, and one day climbing outside. Beyond that they will sign up for climbs through the Mountaineers.

  • Nights @ Program Center 6-9pm: April 18th, April 25th, May 3rd, May 16th.
  • Full day at Program Center 8-4pm: May 14th
  • Full day outside will be at Mt. Erie 8-4pm: May 21st

This course does not cover glacier climbing skills or rock climbing rope leader skills.

 

 

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intro to Alpine Rock Climbing
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Mar 13, 2018
Registration closed Mar 11
1 participant
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Mar 20, 2018
Registration closed Mar 18
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Mar 31, 2018
Registration closed Mar 29
0 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 3, 2018
Registration closed Apr 1
0 participants
0 instructors
Leavenworth
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
Registration closed Apr 21
1 participant
0 instructors
Practice Session (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Mar 27, 2018
Registration closed Mar 25
9 participants
7 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

Gear, this is taken from the Basic course. For our purposes we will only care about the Rock gear.

Any questions please email the course leader. 

If you have little or no climbing experience, it might be better NOT to purchase any technical climbing equipment until after the first lecture.  This includes boots.

 

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

0

 

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. ie serious rain.

  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

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