Skill Badges

A list of our Skill Badges with details about the skills you'll learn, how to obtain them, and how earning them helps you become a safer, more skilled participant, leader or instructor.

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Advanced Backpacking Skills

Advanced Backpacking Skills

The recipient of this badge has acquired advanced backpacking skills through trip experience, including navigation and first aid.

Alpine Ice

Alpine Ice

Represents experience on alpine ice.

Basic Backpacking Skills

Basic Backpacking Skills

The recipient of this badge has acquired basic backpacking skills, either through lectures/seminars or equivalent experience.

Belay Escape

Belay Escape

Represents proficiency in belay escape

Crampon Travel

Crampon Travel

Represents proficiency in crampon travel

Crevasse Rescue

Crevasse Rescue

Represents proficiency in crevasse team rescue using a 3 to1 "z-pulley" system and ascending a line using friction hitches or ascending devices.

Kayak Rolling

Kayak Rolling

The holder of this badge has demonstrated an ability to roll a sea kayak at a useful level of proficiency for paddling in the outdoor environment.

Lead Belay Certified

Lead Belay Certified

The holder of this badge has demonstrated safe lead belay techniques, including catching a falling climber.

Leading Multipitch Routes

Leading Multipitch Routes

Represents proficiency in leading multipitch routes

Leading Sport Routes

Leading Sport Routes

Represents proficiency in leading sport routes

Leading Trad Routes

Leading Trad Routes

Represents proficiency in leading rock climbs using traditional protection.

Lifesling Certification

Lifesling Certification

Lifesling Certification

Low Impact Recreation

Low Impact Recreation

The holder of this badge has completed The Mountaineers Low Impact Recreation training and has the following skills:

Multipitch Systems

Multipitch Systems

Represents proficiency in multipitch systems

Rappelling

Rappelling

Represents proficiency in rappelling.

Rescue Methods

Rescue Methods

Represents experience in a team rescue scenario

Rock Scrambling

Rock Scrambling

Represents experience in scrambling on rock considered class III terrain.

Snow Camping

Snow Camping

Represents experience in the snow overnight and general camping on snow techniques applicable to snowshoes, scrambles and climbs that happen on snow or on glaciers.

Snow Travel

Snow Travel

Represents proficiency in snow travel

Top Rope Belay Certified

Top Rope Belay Certified

Top Rope Belay Certified

Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue

Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue

Represents experience in winter mountaineering and advanced crevasse rescue skills.