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.

 


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.

Basic Bird Identification

Basic Bird Identification

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in the following skills: using size/shape, color patterns, behavior, habitat, and songs/calls to identify birds in urban and rural environments

Basic Canyon Whitewater

Basic Canyon Whitewater

The holder of this badge has demonstrated a basic understanding and ability to move in canyon whitewater.

Basic Plant Identification

Basic Plant Identification

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in the following skills: using introductory plant morphology to identify genus and species of Pacific Northwest plants, familiarity with keying charts, and proficiency in using one or more wildflower identification apps.

Basic Tree Identification

Basic Tree Identification

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in the following skills: using habitat, elevation, size, leaves, bark, needles, and cones to identify Pacific Northwest trees. Badge holders will be familiar with using keys and charts in identification of species.

Belay Escape

Belay Escape

Represents proficiency in belay escape

Clean & Lower

Clean & Lower

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in the ability to perform a Clean & Lower

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.

Hand Line Movement

Hand Line Movement

The holder of this badge has demonstrated an understanding of the use of hand lines in multiple contexts specific to canyoning.

Hand Line Rigging and Management

Hand Line Rigging and Management

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in rigging and retrieving hand lines.

Intro Aid Climbing Skills

Intro Aid Climbing Skills

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in introductory aid climbing skills.

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.

Leadership Development: Admin & Logistics

Leadership Development: Admin & Logistics

This badge represents the successful completion of a Leadership Development: Admin & Logistics continuing education opportunity within the past year.

Leadership Development: Continuing Education

Leadership Development: Continuing Education

This badge represents the successful completion of a general Leadership Development: Continuing Education opportunity within the past year.

Leadership Development: Education & Instruction

Leadership Development: Education & Instruction

This badge represents the successful completion of a Leadership Development: Education & Instruction continuing education opportunity within the past year.

Leadership Development: Equity & Inclusion

Leadership Development: Equity & Inclusion

This badge represents the successful completion of a Leadership Development: Equity & Inclusion continuing education opportunity within the past year.

Leadership Development: Group Facilitation

Leadership Development: Group Facilitation

This badge represents the successful completion of a Leadership Development: Group Facilitation continuing education opportunity within the past year.

Leadership Development: Risk Management

Leadership Development: Risk Management

This badge represents the successful completion of a Leadership Development: Risk Management continuing education opportunity within the past year.

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

Rigging and managing canyon rappels

Rigging and managing canyon rappels

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in rigging and managing canyon rappels.

Rock Scrambling

Rock Scrambling

Represents experience in scrambling on rock considered class III terrain.

Sea Kayak Sailing

Sea Kayak Sailing

The holder of this badge has successfully completed the Sea Kayak Sailing Course and/or has demonstrated proficiency in Kayak Sailing

Single-Strand Rope Ascent

Single-Strand Rope Ascent

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in single strand rope ascent, using mechanical ascenders or friction hitches.

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

Trail Running Fundamentals

Trail Running Fundamentals

The holder of this badge has demonstrated skills in frontcountry trail running.

Variable Friction Descender

Variable Friction Descender

The holder of this badge has shown proficiency in using a variable friction descender, most often used in canyoning.

Vertical Rope Movement

Vertical Rope Movement

The holder of this badge has demonstrated proficiency in moving up and down a rope, and maneuvering past obstacles such as knots or directionals.

Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue

Winter Mountaineering & Advanced Crevasse Rescue

Represents experience in winter mountaineering and advanced crevasse rescue skills.

Winter Scramble Leader Skills

Winter Scramble Leader Skills

This badge recognizes and identifies scramble leaders who have winter travel skills.