Introduction to Alpine Rock - Seattle - 2021

Climbing Course

Introduction to Alpine Rock

Be a safe follower on a basic alpine rock climb

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

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 or significant scrambling experience (required)
-First Aid Course or getting a WFA through RMI
-Navigation Course
-Intro to rock climbing through the Mountaineers, or belay course at a local gym. Climbing every now and then at a rock gym also looks good on the application.
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 to get in or significant similar experience. 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 before signing up

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.

4 Weekday nights @ Program Center 6-9pm: 
1 Full day at Program Center 8-4pm: 
1 Full crag day at Mt. Erie 8-4pm: 
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intro to Alpine Rock Climbing
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jul 1, 2021
Registration closes Jun 29
8 participants
2 instructors
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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