Climb Leader

Badge

Climb Leader

The holder of this badge has been approved to lead climbing trips for The Mountaineers.

DESCRIPTION OF SKILLS

Because of differing structures for climbing courses across the different branches of The Mountaineers, there are important differences in the types of Climb Leaders from branch to branch. In general, there are:

All forms of Climb Leaders must demonstrate skill maintenance at least every three calendar years by:

  • Leading a climb, or 
  • Instructing at a field trip or seminar, or 
  • Participating in a club-sponsored skills review

Crag Leaders

The holder of this badge has participated in Mountaineers (or equivalent) training and demonstrated sound judgment, strong leadership skills, and technical proficiency in the following: 

  • Leading on mid-5th class rock (Graduation from the Crag Course or two years of 
  • demonstrated experience leading multi-pitch 5th class rock climbs of difficulty up to 5.9)
  • Group leadership 
  • Mountain safety, including identification of hazards such as exposure, rockfall, and changing 
  • weather; and actions to minimize risk 
  • Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (Graduation from a MOFA course or equivalency)
  • Emergency preparedness (including rescue methods and how to summon help should it be 
  • needed)

WHAT DOES THIS BADGE ALLOW ME TO DO?

This badge allows me to lead appropriate crag climb trips, classes, and clinics at The Mountaineers and in the field.

HOW DO I GET THIS BADGE?

You must fill out an application from your committee chair and meet the requirements below:

  • Graduation (or Equivalency) from the Crag Climbing Course or the Intermediate Climbing Course, or Student-status in the Crag Climbing Course upon satisfactory demonstration at field trips of the rock climbing skills needed for the trip 

  • Student-status in the Intermediate Climbing Course upon satisfactory demonstration at field trips of the rock climbing skills needed for the trip 

The following prerequisites apply to participants on crag climbs who belay and climb top-roped, but do not lead: 

  • Graduation (or Equivalency) from the Basic Climbing Course, or 
  • Student-status in the Basic Climbing Course (upon satisfactory demonstration at field trips of the rock climbing skills), or 
  • Graduation from an introductory rock climbing course and with leader permission

Basic and Intermediate Climb Leaders

This type of climb leader has participated in Mountaineers (or equivalent) training and demonstrated sound judgment, strong leadership skills, and technical proficiency in the following: 

  • Rock, snow, and glacier climbing (Graduation from the Basic Climbing Course or Equivalency)
  • Leading on mid 5th class rock
  • Leading on alpine ice routes up to 45 degrees (required only for leaders of II-rated climbs)
  • Group leadership
  • Use of topographical maps, compass, and altimeter
  • Mountain safety, including identification of hazards such as exposure, rockfall, avalanches, and changing weather; and actions to minimize risk
  • Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (graduation from a MOFA course or equivalency)
  • Emergency preparedness (including rescue methods, emergency bivouacs, and how to summon help should it be needed)

WHAT DOES THIS BADGE ALLOW ME TO DO?

This badge allows me to lead appropriate climb trips, classes, and clinics at The Mountaineers and in the field.

HOW DO I GET THIS BADGE?

You must fill out an application from your committee chair and meet the following Basic and Intermediate Climb Leaders Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be a current member in The Mountaineers.
  • Must have attended a Mountaineers climbing-sponsored Leadership Seminar within two years prior to the application.
  • Must be a graduate of the Basic Climbing Course or someone holding Basic Equivalency status and have participated in three or more successful Basic, Intermediate, or Club climbs or equivalent experience.
  • Must have successfully summited at least two climbs offered through The Mountaineers where the applicant acts in a leadership role ( mentored leader).
  • Participation in three or more successful Basic or Intermediate Climbs or equivalent experience.
  • Possession of current Alpine First Aid, MOFA, MOFA Instructor, Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT, or equivalent wilderness medicine certification.
  • Presentation of a climbing résumé that includes dates and routes of climbs completed including the name of the climb leader. Training received by the applicant should be listed with dates and the names of the sponsoring organizations.
  • Presentation of the names and email addresses of climb leaders who can serve as references and attest to the applicant's climbing and leadership skills.

Contact the relevant committee contact through your branch's roster for application information and requirements.