Intermediate Climbing  - Tacoma - 2015

Climbing Course

Intermediate Climbing

Take your alpine climbing to the next level while learning to lead on rock and ice as well as improving your self rescue skills.

The Intermediate Climbing course teaches skills for climbing at the intermediate level (generally up to 5.6 rock, 55-degree snow and ice, and easier mixed). Students will practice snow anchors, belays, emergency shelters; leading on rock, including how to place protection, build and equalize anchors, swing leads and perform self-rescues.

The course teaches various snow and ice skills, including placing ice screws, other ice anchors, German and French technique, and introduces steep (55 degrees) ice climbing. Lectures include expedition planning and high-altitude climbing (up to 20,000 ft), such as for the Mexican volcanoes and Denali. The emphasis is on alpine climbing and all-around rock, ice, and snow technique rather than on developing a high level of technical skill.

Additional course requirements include successful completion of Level 1 AIARE avalanche training (Dec 8th & 10th 2014, or Jan 5th & 7th 2015, or Feb 2nd & 4th 2015), and the Leadership seminar (March 21st).


Intermediate skills can be used on thousands of routes in the Cascades, Sierras, Tetons, Canadian Rockies and other ranges around the world. Skills taught in the course are required to lead technical basic climbs. The course also provides a good foundation for advanced skill development, such as 5.9+ rock, Class 4 ice, difficult mixed climbing and aid climbing.

To enter the course students must complete a two-day qualifier that includes an evaluation of their basic climbing skills and a conditioner. (Jan 24th & 25th)

 

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intermediate Course Information Night (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Tue, Jan 3, 2017
Registration closed Jan 2
23 participants
Tacoma Intermediate Course Qualifier Refresher - Tacoma Program Center (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Registration closed Jan 10
22 participants
Intermediate Course Qualifier Exam
Tacoma Program Center
Sat, Jan 21, 2017
Registration closed Jan 19
21 participants
Tacoma Intermediate Qualifier
Mount Si Main Trail
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
Registration closed Jan 20
31 participants
Intermediate Lecture #1
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Jan 26, 2017
Registration closed Jan 24
21 participants
Intermediate Lecture #2
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Feb 9, 2017
Registration closed Feb 7
14 participants
Intermediate Lecture #3
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Mar 2, 2017
Registration closed Feb 28
12 participants
Intermediate Lecture #4
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Registration closed Mar 14
11 participants
Intermediate Lecture #5
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Registration closed Mar 28
9 participants
Intermediate Climbing - Mentor Night (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Apr 6, 2017
Registration closed Apr 4
23 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Apr 27, 2017
Registration closed Apr 25
21 participants
Intermediate Lecture #6
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Apr 13, 2017
Registration closed Apr 11
10 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Apr 12, 2018
Registration closed Apr 10
12 participants
Intermediate Lecture #7
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Registration closed Apr 18
12 participants
Intermediate Lecture #8
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Jul 20, 2017
Registration closed Jul 18
20 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Registration closed Jul 17
15 participants
Tacoma Intermediate Ice I Fieldtrip/Observation Rock
Observation Rock/North Face
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 -
Fri, Jul 28, 2017
Registration closed Jul 25
7 participants
1 instructor
Intermediate Lecture #9
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Aug 3, 2017
Registration closed Aug 1
14 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Aug 2, 2018
Registration closed Jul 31
24 participants
Intermediate Field Trip #3 Rock Climbing 2
Leavenworth
Sat, Apr 28, 2018
Registration closed Apr 26
1 participant
5 instructors
Intermediate Field Trip #4 Emergency Self-Rescue
Leavenworth
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Registration closed Apr 26
4 participants
6 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate

Completed

Roster
Required Equipment

All equipment required for the basic course, plus:

  1. Wands (can be homemade)
  2. Snow shovel
  3. Guide style belay device
  4. Snow pickets (2)
  5. Climbing rope
  6. Starter rock rack (Nuts, tricams, hexes - cams optional)
  7. More biners (10-15 total)
  8. More slings (3 double, 6-8 single)
  9. Rock shoes
  10. Rap rings (1 or 2)
  11. Ice screws (3-4)
  12. Book: 'Climbing Anchors, 2nd Edition' by Long and Gains
  13. Book: 'Self Rescue, 2nd Edition' by David Fasulo
Course Materials

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