Introduction to Alpine Rock - Seattle - 2021

Climbing Course

Following Alpine Rock

Be a safe follower on a basic alpine rock climb

Learn the fundamentals to follow a leader on a multi pitch traditional alpine rock climb.
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**  At this time the course is full as the roster is
**  carried over from 2020 due to Covid.
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** Applicants, click the APPLY button under
** application required and fill in the form.

If you want to take the course we recommend these other courses/areas to get ahead and improve your application:

-Scramble Course (required for entry)
-First Aid Course or getting a WFA through RMI (required for graduation)
-Navigation Course ( required for graduation)
-Intro to rock climbing through the Mountaineers, or belay course at a local gym with gym experience.
To graduate this course you will be responsible and evaluated for each item 1-12 in the Basic Climb manual standard techniques.
Q: I want in the course, what can I do to get in?
A: Scramble course is required for admission. Beyond that more time in the rock gym/Mountaineers intro to rock course, being a graduate of the glacier course and previous volunteer experience at the Mountaineers will all be looked upon fondly.
Q: This overlaps with the Glacier course?
A: If you plan on taking both modules in the same year what course you're actually looking to take is the Basic Climbing Course.
Q: What does this course enable me to do?
A: This course enables you to get on basic rock climbs in the Mountaineers that do not involve glaciers (if you took the glacier course then this doesn't matter).
Leader permission and applications are REQUIRED.

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.  Beyond that they will sign up for climbs through the Mountaineers.

4 Weekday nights @ Program Center 6-9pm: 
1 Full day at Program Center 8-4pm: 
1 Basic Rock Climb for graduation:
Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment
  • The Ten Essentials
  • A back pack (30 to 50 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords as described in email to students.
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • Large locking pear-shaped HMS carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Belay gloves
  • Light mountaineering boots
Course Materials

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