The Basic Climbing Course is a one or two year course of classroom instruction, field instruction and climbing experience designed to provide the basic skills necessary to safely climb rock, snow and the glaciated peaks of the Pacific Northwest. This course covers selection and care of equipment, wilderness travel, roped and glacier travel, belaying, rappelling, rock climbing, crevasse rescue, and many other topics. During field trips and actual climbs the student will put these skills to practical use with experienced mountaineers. Solid physical conditioning and psychological commitment is essential
Juniors: Members under 18 years of age must complete the Junior Application Supplement and attend an information night for a Junior Interview. A parent or legal guardian must accompany you. To receive the Junior Application Supplement, contact the course chair by phone or e-mail.
Registration: Registration should be completed online at www.mountaineers.org. The course size is limited to 100 participants. If the course has already filled before your registration is received, you will be notified and will receive a full refund for course fees.
BCC Course Fees: Course fee is $475 for members. Refunds, less $50 handling and materials fees, can be made if you withdraw from the course and notify the chair in writing prior to the second lecture. In order to receive a refund, your written statement of withdrawal must be submitted to the course chair by the close of business on March 5th, 2014.
The BCC fee does not include the cost of the required Wilderness First Aid or Navigation courses, which are required for graduation.
2014 Course Schedule: Dates subject to change until the end of January 2014. Lectures are Wednesdays at the Tacoma Mountaineers program center. They will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and run until about 10 p.m. Arrive by 6:30 p.m. to Lecture #1 for distribution and review of course materials. All lectures and field trip preps are required as prerequisites to attend field trips.
February 12 - Lecture 1: Course Expectations, Conditioning, Equipment
March 5 - Lecture 2: Accident Response, Mountain Rescue, Health, Nutrition
March 26 - Lecture 3: Snow Travel, Avalanche Hazards
April 9 - Lecture 4: Rock Climbing
May 7 - Lecture 5: Glacier Travel, Crevasse Rescue
June 11 - Final exam:
June 25 - Course review
November 1 - Climbing division potluck
Field Trip Schedule:
February 26 or 27 - FT 1 Prep: Fundamentals, Knots, Prusiking
Mar 1 or 2 - FT 1: Fundamentals, Knots, Prusik Test, Belaying
March 16 - FT 2: Belay Test
March 29 and 30 - FT 3: Winter Overnight
April 19 or 20 - FT 4: Rock I - Knots, Rock Climbing, Rappelling
May 10 or 11 - FT 5: Rock II - Rock Climbing, Rappelling
May 28 or 29 - FT 6 Prep: Crevasse Rescue
June 7 and 8 - FT 6 and 7: Crevasse Rescue and Hard Snow