Basic Climbing Course Second Year - Tacoma

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course Second Year

2020 Basic Climbing Course Second Year - Tacoma

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Second Year Participants: If you require a second year to complete the course requirements you must contact the Course Chair and Critical Skills Chair, by e-mail to request permission. The fee is $63. (plus $20 if you want a current student manual). Second year participants are required to attend the skills evaluation/Second Year Qualifier. After the evaluation a determination will be made on where in the lecture and field trip sequence you may re-enter the course.  The course re-entry point is based on the knowledge and skills that have been acquired and ideally retained from the previous year. A conditioner, with a Tacoma Branch leader, must be successfully completed before participating on basic climbs or the crevasse rescue field trip if not previously satisfied.

Lecture Schedule - TBD:

  • Second Year Qualifier (second year students only)
  • Lecture 1: Course Expectations, Conditioning, Equipment
  • Lecture 2: Accident Response, Mountain Rescue, Health, Nutrition
  • Lecture 3: Snow Travel, Avalanche Hazards
  • Lecture 4: Rock Climbing
  • Lecture 5: Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue
  • Final exam
  • Course review
  • Climbing Division Potluck

Field Trip Schedule - TBD:

  • FT 1 Prep: Fundamentals, Knots, Prusiking
  • FT 1: Fundamentals, Knots, Prusik Test, Belaying
  • FT 2: Belay Test
  • FT 3: Winter Overnight
  • FT 4 Prep: Intro to Rock Climbing & Lecture
  • FT 4: Rock I - Knots, Rock Climbing, Rappelling
  • FT 5: Rock II - Rock Climbing, Rappelling
  • FT 6 Prep: Crevasse Rescue
  • FT 6 and 7: Crevasse Rescue and Hard Snow

*dates are subject to change

Graduation Requirements

  • Attend all lectures, field trip preps, and field trips 
  • Pass final examination
  • Satisfactorily complete all field trips
  • Satisfactorily complete two Conditioner hikes
  • Satisfactorily complete three Basic Climbs, including one Rock and one Glacier climb
  • Successfully complete the Navigation course
  • Participate in one day's conservation activity/trail maintenance offered by the Mountaineers or another recognized organization or agency
  • Hold a current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) card by the date of graduation
  • Apply for graduation as described in the course manual
  • Current Mountaineer membership
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Basic Climbing Course Second Year Skill Evaluation
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Nov 12, 2022
Registration closes Nov 10
7 participants
Required Equipment
  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Picket
  • Rescue pulley
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Belay gloves
Course Materials

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