2022 Courses

Classroom sessions are held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Other outing times are dependent on weather and conditions.

Gear Lists
8 Week Basic Mountaineering Course
This 8-week course provides an introduction to outdoor rock climbing, navigation, ice axe arrest, rope team travel, lead belay, and crevasse rescue. The course utilizes Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills as foundational reading prior to experiential coursework. Each week includes readings, classroom practice, and an outing that will provide recurring practice with skills a mountaineer will need to travel safely in the alpine. Participants must show basic skills competence during weekday session prior to weekend outing.
Fitness Level
Each outing will be physically demanding and requires strong hiking fitness and endurance. We recommend that all students engage in several weeks of regular hiking experience with more than 1,000ft of elevation gain each hike prior to starting the course. Strength training experience is also recommended. Participants participating in the 8 week course should be able to carry 30lbs up the Pine & Cedar Trail in the Chuckanuts in under 1 hour and 30 minutes.
BMC 2022

Classroom: Wed Apr 06 2022

Fitness hike: Sat Apr 09 2022

Fitness hike weather backup: Sun Apr 10 2022

Classroom: Wed Apr 13 2022

Rock climbing intro: Sat Apr 16 2022

Rock climbing intro weather backup: Sun Apr 17 2022

Classroom: Wed Apr 20 2022

Snow camp/Ice axe arrest: Sat Apr 23 2022 - April 24, 2022

Classroom: Wed Apr 27 2022

Lead Belay: Sat Apr 30 2022 - May 1, 2022

Classroom: Wed May 11 2022

Rope Team Travel: Sat May 14 2022 - May 15, 2022

Classroom: Wed May 18 2022

Crevasse Rescue 1: Sat May 21 2022 - May 22, 2022

Classroom: Wed Jun 01 2022

Crevasse Rescue 2: Sat Jun 04 2022 - June 5, 2022