Basic Climbing Course   - Tacoma - 2016

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course - Tacoma

Info
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.

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.


If you are unsure about whether you meet the course expectations and/or want more information about the course, please attend one of our Information Nights in Dec and January, date TBD at the Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center. Attendance at the information meetings is not required to take the course.

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.

Cancellation fees: 

Before course starts cancellation fee is $10.   For cancellations between February 10 and March 1st, advise course leader via email before March 1st and the cancellation fee is $75.  After March 3 no refunds will  be made. 

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Avalanche Awareness Seminar
Online Classroom
Mon, Mar 1, 2021
Registration closes Mar 1
12 participants
Tacoma Basic Lecture 3
Online Classroom
Wed, Mar 3, 2021
Registration closes Mar 1
10 participants
5 instructors
Tacoma Basic FT 4- Glacier III
Paradise
Sat, Mar 6, 2021
Registration closes Mar 4
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Paradise
Sat, Mar 6, 2021
Registration closes Mar 4
0 participants
0 instructors
Paradise
Sat, Mar 6, 2021
Registration closes Mar 4
0 participants
0 instructors
Paradise
Sun, Mar 7, 2021
Registration closes Mar 5
0 participants
0 instructors
Conditioner Hike (optional)
Mount Si Main Trail
Sun, Mar 7, 2021
Registration closes Mar 5
3 participants
1 instructor
Mount Si Old Trail
Sun, Mar 14, 2021
Registration closes Mar 12
7 participants
Tacoma Basic Lecture 4
Online Classroom
Wed, Mar 10, 2021
Registration closes Mar 8
16 participants
Tacoma Basic FT 5 - Glacier IV (winter overnight)
Huntoon Point
Sat, Mar 20, 2021 -
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Registration closes Mar 18
8 participants
0 instructors
Artist Point
Sat, Mar 20, 2021 -
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Registration closes Mar 18
0 participants
0 instructors
Austin Pass (winter)
Sat, Mar 20, 2021 -
Sun, Mar 21, 2021
Registration closes Mar 18
0 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Basic Lecture 5
Online Classroom
Wed, Mar 31, 2021
Registration closes Mar 29
18 participants
Tacoma Basic Lecture 6
Online Classroom
Wed, Apr 7, 2021
Registration closes Apr 5
16 participants
Tacoma Basic FT 6 - Alpine Rock I
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration closes Apr 8
0 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Apr 10, 2021
Registration closes Apr 8
1 participant
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Registration closes Apr 9
2 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, Apr 11, 2021
Registration closes Apr 9
1 participant
0 instructors
Tacoma Basic FT 7 - Alpine Rock II
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closes Apr 22
1 participant
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Apr 24, 2021
Registration closes Apr 22
3 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closes Apr 23
1 participant
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, Apr 25, 2021
Registration closes Apr 23
0 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Basic FT 8 - Alpine Rock III
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, May 8, 2021
Registration closes May 6
2 participants
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, May 8, 2021
Registration closes May 6
1 participant
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration closes May 7
2 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, May 9, 2021
Registration closes May 7
0 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Tacoma Basic FT 9 - Alpine Rock IV
Leavenworth
Fri, May 14, 2021
Registration closes May 12
3 participants
0 instructors
Leavenworth
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closes May 13
0 participants
0 instructors
Leavenworth
Sat, May 15, 2021
Registration closes May 13
1 participant
0 instructors
Leavenworth
Sun, May 16, 2021
Registration closes May 14
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

Equipment for this course will be discussed in the first lecture.


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
  • 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).

 

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