Basic Climbing Course - Tacoma - 2021

Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course - Tacoma - 2021

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2021 GOOGLE SITE

***COURSE APPLICATION PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.***

COURSE INFORMATION 

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.

 VIRTUAL Classroom Session Schedule:

7 pm start time, video call, est. 90 minutes per lecture

1.  CS 1: Course Introduction, Clothing/Equipment, Safety & Roped Climbing Overview - 1/13/2021

2. CS 2: Nutrition & Conditioning - 2/10/2021

***Required Avalanche Awareness Seminar*** 3/1/2021

***Required Low Impact Recreation Course***Required Completion (on your own time) by 3/3/2021

3. CS 3: Introduction to Glacier Travel - 3/3/2021

4. CS 4: Weather, Trip Planning, Glacier Travel Part II - 3/10/2021

5. CS 5: Decision Making & Power Dynamics- 3/31/2021

6. CS 6:  Alpine Rock Climbing - 4/7/2021

7. CS 7: Leader Halo - 5/19/2021

Field Trip Schedule:

1. FT 1: Gear Review and Construction, Knots, Prusiking

1/23 OR 1/24 (half-day sessions available AM & PM both days), Tacoma clubhouse

2. FT 2: Test: 10 E's. Practice: Knots, Crevasse Rescue, Prusiking, Anchors.

1/30 OR 1/31 (half-day sessions available AM & PM both days), Tacoma clubhouse

3. FT 3: Test: Prusiking, Knots, Kiwi Coil. Practice: Roped Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue.

2/27 OR 2/28 (half-day sessions available AM & PM both days), Tacoma clubhouse

4. FT 4: Practice: Snow Anchors, Crevasse Rescue, Ice Axe Arrest

3/6 OR 3/7 (only attend one day)

Time and location TBD (will be offsite, in the field practice - i.e. Paradise, Baker, etc.)

5. FT 5: Winter Overnight. Test: Crevasse Rescue, Carabiner Ice Axe Belay, Self-Arrest. Practice: Snow Camping, Nutrition, Alpine Start, Roped Glacier Travel, Snow Shelters

3/20 AND 3/21 (All day/both days), Overnight Snow Camping

8 AM, Meet at Mt Baker Overflow/Backcountry Parking (or TBA)

6. FT 6:  Practice & Demo: Anchors, Belay, Belay Escape, Rappelling

4/10 OR 4/11 (half-day sessions available AM & PM both days), Tacoma clubhouse

7. FT 7:  Practice: Belay, Belay Escape, Rappelling, Rock Climbing Technique

4/24 OR 4/25 (half-day sessions available AM & PM both days), Tacoma clubhouse

8. FT 8: Test: Lead Belay, Belay Escape. Practice: Rappelling, Rock Climbing Technique.

5/8 OR 5/9 (half-day sessions available AM & PM both days), Tacoma clubhouse

9. FT 9: Test: Rappelling, Climbing Techniques. Practice: Cleaning Pro, Trad Anchor Set-Up, Rappel Anchor Set-up.

5/14 OR 5/15 OR 5/16 (attend only one day)

Time and location TBD (will be offsite, in the field practice - i.e. Leavenworth, Vantage, etc.)


Graduation Requirements

  • Attend all lectures and field trips 
  • Satisfactorily complete all field trips and critical skills test
  • Satisfactorily complete one conditioner (Mt. Si or similar) in under 2 hours or 2 conditioners in under 2.5 hours
  • 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 (MOFA not accepted)
  • Apply for graduation as described in the course manual
  • Current Mountaineer membership
  • Participants who do not finish course material in year 1 and wish to finish the course in a 2nd year can pay a small, administrative fee, and must pass a skills qualifier for placement in the course (repeat lectures and/or field trips may be required) 
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Tacoma Basic FT 3 Glacier II
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, Feb 28, 2021
Registration closed Feb 26
1 participant
0 instructors
Tacoma Program Center
Sun, Feb 28, 2021
Registration closed Feb 26
1 participant
0 instructors
Avalanche Awareness Seminar
Online Classroom
Mon, Mar 1, 2021
Registration closed Feb 27
9 participants on waitlist
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
0 participants
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
1 participant
0 instructors
Conditioner Hike (optional)
Mount Si Main Trail
Sun, Mar 7, 2021
Registration closes Mar 5
4 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


Required Equipment:
2 double slings (120 cm, pre-sewn) - 1 for general use, 1 for dedicated extended rappel sling
2 single slings (60 cm, pre-sewn)
1 short sling (30 cm, pre sewn)
1 personal anchor (pre-sewn PAS or purchase an additional double sling (120 cm, for a total of 3)
1 chest harness (9 ft of 1" tubular webbing, sizing to be adjusted)
2 leader tie off slings (4 ft. each of 5mm perlon)

2 auto blocks (2 ft. each of 5mm perlon)
1 pack sling (8 ft of 5 mm perlon)
1 Texas Prusik (15 ft of 5mm perlon)

1 chest prusik (10 ft. of 5mm perlon)
Seat harness
5  non-locking carabiners (may be solid or wire gate)
4 Medium Locking carabiners (in addition to pear)
1 Large locking pear-shaped carabiner
Belay gloves
Ten Essential Systems (including map)
Pack (50-65 liter)
Mountaineering boots
Approved belay device
Climbing helmet
Chock pick
Ice axe with leash (cover adze w/ duct tape)
Rescue pulley
Tent for 2-3 (3 or 4 season w/ snow stakes)
Snow shovel
Sleeping bag (warm to 30ºF or less, check weather)
Sleeping pad
Stove, fuel, & pot
Aluminum picket, 24” in length
Personal items (utensils, cup, hand warmers)
10 or 12-point crampons (check fit on YOUR boots)
Appropriate clothing layers (check the weather)
Gaiters
Snowshoes
Blue Bag System

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