Basic Climbing Course - Tacoma - 2018

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Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course - Tacoma 2018

Course Supplemental Website

(unofficial page, still in beta stages!)

Visit this site for supplemental materials, lecture slides, and, importantly, post-lecture quizzes!

 

The Tacoma Basic Climbing Course combines 5 classroom lectures, 3 field trip prep nights and 7 field trips (one being a mandatory overnight), all designed to provide the basic skills necessary to safely climb rock, snow and glaciated peaks of the Pacific Northwest.  The course is set up to be completed in roughly eight months and covers topics such as: selection and care of equipment, wilderness and glacier travel, snow climbing and camping, belaying, rappelling, 5th class rock climbing, crevasse rescue, and many other topics.  During field trips and on actual climbs the student will put these skills to practical use with experienced mountaineers. 

Previous experience in off-trail hiking and camping is helpful but not mandatory.  Participants should have a desire to learn technical mountaineering skills and be aware that this course requires a significant investment in time, energy, and money*. Solid overall physical conditioning, good cardiovascular strength and psychological commitment are needed as the participants will experience travel in difficult terrain with vertical exposure while carrying a heavy pack in all types of weather conditions.  While the course is challenging and demanding the skills acquired provide the participants opportunities to meet lifelong climbing partners and gain the skills to safely enjoy mountainous environments for a lifetime.

*NOTE: The course fee does not include the cost of the Mountaineers membership, text for the course, personal gear and equipment, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) class nor Navigation course.

Lecture Schedule: 
 December 16, 2017 - Second Year Qualifier (second year students only)
 February 7, 2018 - Lecture 1: Course Expectations, Conditioning, Equipment
 Feb 28 - Lecture 2: Accident Response, Mountain Rescue, Health, Nutrition
 March 21 - Lecture 3: Snow Travel, Avalanche Hazards
 May 2 - Lecture 4: Rock Climbing
 May 16 - Lecture 5: Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue
 June 13 - Final exam
 October 20 - Climbing division graduation and potluck (optional)

Field Trip Prep And Field Trip  Schedule:
 Feb 13th or 14th -FT 1 Prep: Knots, Prusiking, Belaying, and Leader Tie-off Demo
 Feb 17th or  18th -FT 1: Fundamentals, Knots, Prusiking, Belaying, and Leader Tie-off Practice 
 March 17th or 18th -FT 2: Prusik, Leader Tie-off, and Belay Test
 March 31st AND April 1st -FT 3: Winter Overnight- Snow Camping, Glacier  Travel, Crevasse Rescue, and Ice Axe Arrest Practice                                                             April 10th or 11th -FT4 Prep: Rock Climbing Basics                                                       April 20th or 21st or 22nd -FT 4: Rock I- Rock Climbing and Rappelling Practice
 May 4th or 5th or 6th -FT 5: Rock II - Rock Climbing and Rappelling Test
 May 30th or 31st -FT 6 Prep: Crevasse Rescue Practice
 June 2nd -FT 6: Crevasse Rescue Test                                                                                             June 3rd - FT 7: Glacier Travel and  Hard Snow Ice Axe Arrest Test

Mentor Nights Schedule (Optional but recommended):                           March 7th - Mentor Night 1: Prusik, Leader Tie-off, and Belays                                 May 3rd - Mentor Night 2: Rock climbing and Rappelling                                                   May 24th - Mentor Night 3: Crevasse Rescue                     

Graduation Requirements

  • Attend ALL lectures, field trip preps, and field trips 
  • Pass final examination
  • Satisfactorily complete all field trips
  • Satisfactorily complete one Conditioner hike
  • Satisfactorily complete three Basic Climbs, including one Rock and one Glacier climb
  • Successfully complete the Navigation course
  • Complete the Avalanche Awareness course
  • Participate in one day of stewardship or conservation activity/trail maintenance offered by the Mountaineers or another recognized organization 
  • 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
  • Note: It is preferred that participants complete the course in one year, but can have up to two years to finish. There is an administrative fee for returning 2nd yr students.

If you have questions or concerns, please email the course chair (Jill) and/or tacomabasicclimbingcourse@gmail.com

 

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Tacoma Basic Lecture 1
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Feb 6, 2019
Registration closes Feb 4
1 participant
Tacoma Basic FT 1 Prep Night
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Feb 19, 2019
Registration closes Feb 17
4 participants
2 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Feb 20, 2019
Registration closes Feb 18
2 participants on waitlist
1 instructor
Tacoma Basic FT 1 - Pusiking, Belays, Leader Tie-off & Belay Escape
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Feb 23, 2019
Registration closes Feb 21
1 participant
4 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
Registration closes Feb 22
1 participant on waitlist
3 instructors
Tacoma Basic Lecture 2
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Mar 6, 2019
Registration closes Mar 4
2 participants
Tacoma Basic Lecture 3
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Mar 20, 2019
Registration closes Mar 18
11 participants
Tacoma Basic FT 2 - Testing Prusiking, Belays, Leader Tie-off and Belay Escape
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Mar 23, 2019
Registration closes Mar 21
2 participants on waitlist
4 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, Mar 24, 2019
Registration closes Mar 22
2 participants on waitlist
5 instructors
Tacoma Basic FT 3 - Winter Overnight
Paradise
Sat, Mar 30, 2019 -
Sun, Mar 31, 2019
Registration closes Mar 28
9 participants
5 instructors
Tacoma Basic FT 4 Prep - Intro to Rock Climbing
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Apr 9, 2019
Registration closes Apr 7
3 participants on waitlist
4 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Apr 10, 2019
Registration closes Apr 8
2 participants on waitlist
4 instructors
Tacoma Basic FT 4 - Rock I
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Apr 13, 2019
Registration closes Apr 11
1 participant
5 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Registration closes Apr 12
11 participants
8 instructors
Tacoma Basic Lecture 4
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Apr 24, 2019
Registration closes Apr 22
12 participants
Tacoma Basic FT 5 - Rock 2
Leavenworth
Fri, May 10, 2019
Registration closes May 8
1 participant on waitlist
5 instructors
Leavenworth
Sat, May 11, 2019
Registration closes May 9
1 participant on waitlist
3 instructors
Leavenworth
Sun, May 12, 2019
Registration closes May 10
3 participants
7 instructors
Tacoma Basic Lecture 5
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, May 15, 2019
Registration closes May 13
6 participants
Tacoma Basic FT 6 Prep - Crevasse Rescue Practice
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, May 21, 2019
Registration closes May 19
12 participants
5 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, May 22, 2019
Registration closes May 20
10 participants
5 instructors
Tacoma Basic FT 6 & 7 - Critical Skills Exam: Ice Axe Arrest, Ice Axe Techniques, Snow & Roped Glacier Travel
Paradise
Sat, Jun 1, 2019 -
Sun, Jun 2, 2019
Registration closes May 30
2 participants
3 instructors
Tacoma BRGCC Final Exam
Tacoma Program Center
Wed, Jun 12, 2019
Registration closes Jun 10
6 participants
Roster
Required Equipment

Graduation Requirements

  • Attend all lectures, field trip preps, and field trips 
  • Pass final examination
  • Satisfactorily complete all field trips
  • Satisfactorily complete one Conditioner
  • Satisfactorily complete three Basic Climbs, including one Rock and one Glacier climb
  • Successfully complete the Navigation course
  • Complete the Avalanche Awareness 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
  • Note: It is preferred that participants complete the course in one year, but can have up to two years to finish. There is an administrative fee for returning 2nd yr students.

 

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Amanda Russell
Amanda Russell says:
Wed, Aug 15, 2018 11:19 AM

Is it too late to join this class?