The Olympia Mountaineers

2014 Basic Climbing Course

Basic Climbing Course Chair: Bob Keranen (360) 340-1882

On-line for Basic Climbing

Course: This course is designed to teach the fundamental skills necessary to safely climb most rock and glaciated peaks in the Pacific Northwest with an experienced leader. The course includes instruction and practice in alpine travel and in the technical aspects of roped climbing on rock, snow and glaciers. The course emphasizes basic climbing and mountaineering skills, including navigation, rope handling, knots, crevasse rescue, and belay and rappel techniques. Throughout the course, students will gain an appreciation for wilderness ethics and conservation.

The instructional portion of Olympiaís Basic Climbing Course can be completed in six months, but students who donít finish in the first year can choose to complete the course in the following year without extra charge. The course is divided into the following sections for administrative purposes: Wilderness Skills, Introduction to Climbing, Rock, Glacier, and Mountaineering Oriented First Aid (MOFA). Students must also complete a conservation or trail maintenance project. After finishing instructional course work, students must successfully complete the following types of experience climbs: conditioner, alpine, rock and glacier. Equivalencies for one or all of the sections can be granted pursuant to strict guideline upon application.

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Cost (includes January Wilderness Skills): $250 member

Wilderness Skills Schedule:

Students who have completed Wilderness Skills in a prior year are not required to attend these lectures.

Jan. 21Lecture 1 6:30-9:30 - Friends Meeting House
Jan. 25Lecture 2 7:30-5:00 - Friends Meeting House
Feb. 1Outdoor Workshop 7:30-5:00 - Friends Meeting House

Lecture Schedule:

Feb. 4Intro to Climbing: Belay Skills 1Columbian Hall
Feb. 25Intro to Climbing: Belay Skills 2Columbian Hall
Mar. 11Intro to Climbing: Snow TravelColumbian Hall
Apr. 8Glacier: Climbing HazardsColumbian Hall
Apr. 15Rock: Rock ClimbingColumbian Hall
Jun. 10Final ExamColumbian Hall

Field Trip Schedule:

Feb. 8Intro to Climbing Workshop: Basic Skills
Mar. 2Intro to Climbing Field Trip: Belay Skills
Mar. 15Intro to Climbing Field Trip: Snow I
Apr. 12-13Glacier Field Trip: Snow Weekend
Apr. 21Rock Workshop: Rock Gym
May 3Rock Field Trip: Rock Fundamentals
May 17-18Rock Field Trip: This may be an overnight trip depending on class size
Jun. 3Glacier Workshop: Z-Pulley
Jun. 7-8Glacier Field Trip: Crevasse Rescue

Olympia Mountaineers practice rock fundamentals at McCleary cliffs
(photo by Toby Tahja-Syrett)