Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad A - Seattle - 2019

Climbing Course

Introduction to Multi-Pitch Trad

Introduction to climbing in a multi pitch environment with an alpine climbing focus.

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---Early registration will happen November 19th though Dec 9 for Intermediate Package Students--- Please do not apply or register if you are not part of the 2019 Intermediate Climbing Package with Seattle. Regular registration will open January 1st.

This course is designed to teach students the skills to complete multi pitch traditional routes for the alpine environment. Students will be given time and education to safely and efficiently to lead multi pitch climbs and develop new skills that will ensure they are effective leaders for the multi pitch alpine environment. 

Since this courses focus is for the intermediate class it will have more of an alpine focus.

This course will cover the following skills:

  • Gear Selection
  • Route selection 
  • Rappelling skills
  • Anchor Building
  • Racking
  • Belay station transitions
  • Belay escape
  • Ascending a rope
  • Exit strategies or "how-to bail"
  • Dealing with environmental factors

It will also discuss planning alpine trips and ways to prepare for them:

  • When to bring ice axe + crampons
  • How to deal with being benighted
  • Dealing with rock fall
  • A larger focus on natural pro and efficiency

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Weekend Field Trip 2
Sun, Jun 9, 2019
Registration closed Jun 6
0 participants
2 instructors
Sat, May 9, 2020
Registration closed May 7
8 participants
8 instructors
Sun, May 10, 2020
Registration closed May 7
8 participants
8 instructors
Mount Erie
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closed Apr 30
0 participants
0 instructors
Kick Off Meeting
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 2, 2020
Registration closed Mar 31
7 participants
9 instructors
Skills Review
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 9, 2020
Registration closed Apr 7
6 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 30, 2020
Registration closed Apr 7
16 participants
6 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 26, 2021
Registration closed Apr 24
0 participants
0 instructors
Mock Multi Pitch
Mount Erie
Sat, May 2, 2020 -
Sun, May 3, 2020
Registration closed Apr 30
16 participants
9 instructors
Tieton River: Royal Columns
Sat, Apr 24, 2021 -
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closed Apr 22
0 participants
0 instructors
Multi Pitch Climb - Weekend Field Trip 1 (optional)
Sam Hill (Leavenworth)
Sat, May 1, 2021 -
Sun, May 2, 2021
Registration closed Apr 29
0 participants
Required Equipment


  • one set of Camelots size .3 to a #3
  • full set of nuts
  • helmet
  • harness
  • rock shoes
  • 2 personal anchors
  • 6 24 inch alpine slings with 2 wire gate biners per sling
  • 3 locking biners
  • auto blocking belay device, ei petzle reverso, BD ATC Guide, mega jel
  • nut tool
  • 20 feet cordalette, 6M nylon, 5M tech cord or spectra
  • smaller Camelots optional; BDC3's, or any other brand  
  • chalk bag
Course Materials
Student Gear List Multi Pitch

Student Gear list for Multi Pitch module course

Carabiner Wrap Omni

This is a quick way to oppose two pieces in order to isolate the direction of load on your most bomber piece in a hanging belay anchor. It is inherently omni-directional.

Multi Pitch climbing resources

Same as intermediate resources document plus more with the ability to add more