Intermediate Climbing  - Tacoma - 2016

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 and leadership abilities.

The Tacoma Mountaineers Intermediate Climbing Course will teach the skills, leadership, and confidence needed to climb thousands of routes in the Cascades and other mountain ranges around the world! To join the intermediate course, you must first register and complete a short survey of your climbing history and goals (which will be made available during registration). In addition, you will need to pass both a skills test and conditioner, which take place January 23rd & 24th, 2016. Once your survey and registration are completed, an information packet will be sent with additional information about the course.


Join the Tacoma Mountaineers Intermediate Climbing Course to learn skills for use on thousands of routes in the Cascades, Sierras, Tetons, Canadian Rockies and other ranges around the world. Tacoma Intermediate Climbing expands on skills learned in the Basic Climbing course, which generally means leading up to 5.7 rock, ascending 55 degree snow and ice, and easier mixed climbing. The course focus is on alpine climbing and all-around rock, ice, and snow technique rather than on developing a high level of specific technical skill. Furthermore, there is a strong emphasis on safety, leadership and club involvement.

Students begin the course with practice and review of snow skills which includes anchors, belays, and emergency shelters. The course then transitions to rock techniques with instruction on leading on rock, placing passive protection, building and equalizing anchors, swinging leads and performing self-rescues. Finally, students will learn various snow and ice skills including placing ice screws, creating other ice anchors, German and French technique, and introduces ice climbing.

Additional course requirements include successful completion of Level 1 AIARE Avalanche Training and the Leadership Seminar, maintaining First-Aid and Navigation certification, and completion of an additional conservation or trail maintenance project.


Type Location Event Date Date (2nd day)
Info Night Tacoma Program Center Coure Information Night for Enrolled and Prospective Students Thursday, December 03, 2015
Info Night Tacoma Program Center Course Introduction, Expectations, Mentoring Monday, January 04, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Intermediate Qualifier Refresher Thursday, January 14, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Winter Mountaineering, Conditioning, and Injury Avoidance Thursday, January 28, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Winter Overnight, SnowTravel, & Keys for Basic Instructors Thursday, February 11, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Expedition Planning & Climbing Logistics Thursday, March 03, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Climbing Leadership & Response to Emergency Thursday, March 17, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Leading on Rock Thursday, March 31, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Advanced Rock Leading Thursday, April 14, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Rock Self Help Thursday, April 21, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Ice I / Hard Snow & Intro to Ice Climbing Thursday, July 21, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Ice II  Thursday, August 04, 2016
Lecture Tacoma Program Center Intermediate Course Exam Thursday, October 13, 2016
Field Trip Tacoma Program Center Qualifier - Skills Test Saturday, January 23, 2016
Field Trip Mt. Si Qualifier - Conditioner Sunday, January 24, 2016
Field Trip Mt. Rainier Winter Overnight  Saturday, February 20, 2016 Sunday, February 21, 2016
Field Trip Squamish Rock I / Intro to Leading Saturday, April 09, 2016 Sunday, April 10, 2016
Field Trip Leavenworth Rock II / Advanced Leading Saturday, April 30, 2016
Field Trip Leavenworth Rock II / Self-Help Sunday, May 01, 2016
Field Trip Observation Rock Ice I / Intro to Ice Saturday, July 30, 2016 Sunday, July 31, 2016
Field Trip Observation Rock Ice I / Intro to Ice Saturday, August 06, 2016 Sunday, August 07, 2016
Field Trip Mt. Baker Ice II / Ice Climbing Saturday, August 13, 2016 Sunday, August 14, 2016
Field Trip Mt. Baker Ice II / Ice Climbing Saturday, August 20, 2016 Sunday, August 21, 2016

 

Basic Field Trip Dates
Date(s) FT #
2/24 or 2/25 FT 1 Prep
2/27 or 2/28 FT 1
3/13 FT 2
4/2 & 4/3 FT 3
4/23 or 4/24 FT 4
5/7 or 5/8 FT 5
5/27 or 5/28 FT 6 Prep
6/4 & 6/5 FT 6 & FT 7
Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intermediate Lecture #8
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Registration closes Jul 17
13 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
0 participants
0 instructors
Observation Rock/North Face
Sat, Aug 4, 2018 -
Sun, Aug 5, 2018
Registration closes Aug 2
0 participants
0 instructors
Intermediate Lecture #9
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Aug 2, 2018
Registration closes Jul 31
14 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
4 participants on waitlist
0 instructors
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Mon, Aug 27, 2018 -
Tue, Aug 28, 2018
Registration closes Aug 25
6 participants
0 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

All equipment required for the basic course, plus:

  1. Wands
  2. Snow shovel
  3. Guide style belay device
  4. Snow pickets (2)
  5. Climbing rope
  6. Starter rock rack made of passive pro (cams not required / 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' by David Fasulo
Course Materials

You must register for this course to see course materials.