Basic Climbing Course   - Tacoma - 2019

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course

The Basic Alpine Climbing Course is an intro to technical mountaineering, including roped glacier travel and rock climbing

UPDATE 1/15/19 - THIS COURSE IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 SEASON. Thank you for your interest in the Tacoma Basic Climbing Course - we are no longer accepting new applications at this time. If you have been accepted into the course, you will be notified via email and given permission to register.

Please check back next fall, and in the meantime, consider one of our other excellent courses in Scrambling, Sea Kayaking, Sailing, and Backpacking.

Thank you!  - the Tacoma Basic Climbing Committee

 

 

The Tacoma Basic Climbing Course combines classroom lecture, field instruction and climbing experience designed to provide the basic skills necessary to safely climb rock, snow and the glaciated peaks of the Pacific Northwest.  The course is set up to be completed in roughly eight months and covers selection and care of equipment, wilderness travel and camping, glacier travel, belaying, rappelling, rock climbing, crevasse rescue, and many other topics.  During field trips and 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 mountains environments for a lifetime.

The course fee does not include the cost of membership, text for the course, personal gear and equipment, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Navigation course.

Lecture Schedule:

Feb 6: Lecture 1  Course Introduction, Clothing/Equipment, Safety & Roped Climbing Overview

Mar 6: Lecture 2  Safety, Health & Nutrition, Mechanics of Belaying & Rescue

Mar 20: Lecture 3 Snow Travel, Snow Camping, GAR, and Leave No Trace Ethics

April 24: Lecture 4 Decision Making, Group Dynamics

May 15: Lecture 5 Glacier Travel, Ice Axe Arrest 

June 12: Final Exam



Field Trip Schedule:
(Bolded are tested skills at field trip and you cannot miss that fieldtrip)

Feb 19 or 20 FT 1 Prep Fundamentals 

Feb 23 or 24 FT 1 Fundamentals: Knots, Belaying, Prusiking, Anchors, Leader Tie-off and Belay Escape

Mar 23 or 24: FT 2  Critical Skills Exam: Belay, Prusiking, and Leader Tie-off  and Glacier Travel 

Mar 30-31: FT 3 Winter Overnight Snow Camping, Ice Axe Techniques, Snow & Roped Glacier Travel

April 9 or 10: FT 4 Prep Rock Climbing Technique and GAR assessment 

April 13 or 14: FT 4 Rock Climbing and Rappelling 

May 10 or 11 or 12: FT 5 Critical Skills Exam: Rappelling. Rock techniques

May 21, 2019  or May 22: FT 6 Prep: Crevasse Rescue  review 

June 1-2: FT 6 & 7: Critical Skills Exam: Ice Axe Arrest. Ice Axe Techniques, Snow & Roped Glacier Travel



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 two 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
  • Participants have up to two years to complete the course (there is an administrative fee for returning 2nd yr students).

 

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

 

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