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 Lecture #5
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Mar 29, 2018
Registration closes Mar 27
15 participants
Intermediate Climbing - Mentor Night (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Apr 5, 2018
Registration closes Apr 3
26 participants
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Apr 26, 2018
Registration closes Apr 24
27 participants
Intermediate Lecture #6
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Apr 12, 2018
Registration closes Apr 10
13 participants
Intermediate Field Trip #2 Leading on Rock
Sat, Apr 14, 2018 -
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
Registration closes Apr 12
7 participants
5 instructors
Intermediate Lecture #7
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Apr 19, 2018
Registration closes Apr 17
12 participants
Intermediate Field Trip #3 Rock Climbing 2
Sat, Apr 28, 2018
Registration closes Apr 26
0 participants
9 instructors
Intermediate Field Trip #4 Emergency Self-Rescue
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Registration closes Apr 26
5 participants
12 instructors
Intermediate Lecture #8
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Registration closes Jul 17
14 participants
Intermediate Field Trip #5 Hard Snow / Ice Climbing 1
Observation Rock/North Face
Sat, Jul 28, 2018 -
Sun, Jul 29, 2018
Registration closes Jul 26
4 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Observation Rock/North Face
Sat, Aug 4, 2018 -
Sun, Aug 5, 2018
Registration closes Aug 2
1 participant on waitlist
0 instructors
Intermediate Lecture #9
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Aug 2, 2018
Registration closes Jul 31
15 participants
Intermediate Field Trip #6 Ice Climbing 2
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Aug 18, 2018 -
Sun, Aug 19, 2018
Registration closes Aug 16
5 participants on waitlist
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Mon, Aug 27, 2018 -
Tue, Aug 28, 2018
Registration closes Aug 25
7 participants
0 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate


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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