Tacoma Climbing Subcommittee -  Intermediate Climbing

Tacoma Climbing Subcommittee - Intermediate Climbing

The Tacoma Branch offers the Intermediate Alpine Climbing Course, where students will learn to lead multi-pitch trad rock routes, steep snow, alpine ice, and climbing leadership.

The Intermediate Climbing Course helps students learn and  solidify skills for leading  alpine routes at the Intermediate level (leading trad rock routes at 5.6/5.7 and 55-degree snow/ice). Students will demonstrate building both snow and rock anchors, belays, leading on rock and steep snow/ice, placing protection, swinging leads, and performing self-rescues. In addition, the course helps students build leadership skills through Basic Climbing course instruction.

Intermediate skills can be used on thousands of routes in the Cascades, Sierras, Tetons, Canadian Rockies and other ranges around the world. The course provides a good foundation for continuing education to more advanced skills, such as leading long multi-pitch alpine rock routes, waterfall ice,  mixed,  and aid climbing.

Additional course requirements include successful completion of Level 1 AIARE avalanche training and the Leadership seminar.

To enter the course students must pass a two-day qualifier test that evaluates basic climbing skills/knowledge and a paced conditioner hike. 

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