Intermediate Climbing - Tacoma - 2018

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 (date to be determined) and the Leadership seminar (date to be determined).


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 20-21, 2018)

 Tacoma Basic Climbing graduates will receive priority registration until November 15th.

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
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
3 participants
0 instructors
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sun, Aug 26, 2018 -
Mon, Aug 27, 2018
Registration closes Aug 25
2 participants
0 instructors
Intermediate Course Exam (optional)
Tacoma Program Center
Thu, Oct 11, 2018
Registration closes Oct 9
14 participants
9 instructors
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 per student required)
  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' by David Fasulo
Course Materials

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