|The Olympia Mountaineers|
2014 Basic Climbing Course
Basic Climbing Course Chair: Bob Keranen (360) 340-1882
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.
Open House: Find out more about the Basic Climbing Course, and other Olympia Mountaineers activities, including hiking, backpacking, scrambling and kayaking, at the Winter Open House on Wednesday, December 11 at the Friends Meeting House.
Cost (includes January Wilderness Skills): $250 member / $350 non-member
Wilderness Skills Schedule:
Students who have completed Wilderness Skills in a prior year are not required to attend these lectures.
Field Trip Schedule:
Olympia Mountaineers practice rock fundamentals at McCleary cliffs
(photo by Toby Tahja-Syrett)