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What is Climbing?

When we use ropes and other technical gear while going to summits, we call it "climbing". (For non-technical summits, see Alpine Scrambling. You do not need to take Scrambling before Climbing, but some do). Climbing involves varied technical terrain, including rock, glaciers and ice.

We have two levels of climbs: Basic and Intermediate.

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Who can go

Dorado Needle

Students of our course who have passed classroom and field trip requirements can sign up. Graduates are welcome too. Also you can petition for climbing equivalency if you have training outside The Mountaineers.

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All trips are posted on Mountaineers.org

Everett Peak Pin

The Everett Mountaineers have had a peak award system for many decades. The Mountaineers Peak Pin set has the Everett group in their list.

Basic Climbing Course (BCC)

Rainier... Eldorado... Sharkfin Tower... Sloan... Would you like to safely climb rock, snow, and glaciated peaks in the Pacific Northwest? There are hundreds of spectacular places to experience, so close to home!

Learn basic crevasse rescue. Abram Elwell

Our BCC equips you with fundamental climbing skills and experience, using classroom and field instruction. We will teach techniques of roped climbing on rock, snow and glaciers. We concentrate on basic climbing techniques and mountaineering skills, including rope handling, knots, belaying, rappelling, crevasse rescue and safety.

The course is demanding, but the rewards are great. These skills open the door to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment. Course graduates are eligible to participate in Basic Climbs, Club Climbs, the Intermediate Climbing Course, and other advanced climbing seminars periodically offered by the Everett branch.

Prerequisites

Applicants need to be experienced in off-trail hiking and camping. You must make a significant investment in time, energy, psychological preparation, and money. Solid overall physical conditioning and psychological ability to handle vertical exposure is essential. If you lack these basic skills and conditioning, please consider enrolling in the Mountaineers Alpine Scrambling Course before taking the Basic Climbing Course.

Equipment

Required equipment will cost several hundreds of dollars. Please do not purchase any equipment prior to this course. We provide a complete list of required equipment on the first night of the course. Equipment must be rated for alpine climbing, including proper footwear, clothing, pack, climbing helmet, seat harness, carabiners and related climbing hardware, ice axe, crampons and a variety of other gear. While some equipment can be rented, most equipment will need to be purchased.

Textbook: The Freedom of the Hills, 7th or 8th edition. This book is required to study and prepare for lectures and exams.

Eligibility

The course is open to any Mountaineers member at least 18 years old, regardless of branch affiliation.

Registration

All applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, during the signup time available on the registration signup at www.mountaineers.org. Mountaineers membership is required for enrollment.

2015 schedule

You may prefer to use the Climbing committee calendar .

Graduation requirements:

  1. Attend all field trips and lectures.
  2. Successful completion of all field trips.
  3. Passing score on skills tests and on written exams.
  4. Current Mountaineers membership.
  5. Current Wilderness First Aid certification.
  6. Completion of Mountaineers Navigation Course
  7. Completion of 3 required experience climbs, including at least one glacier and one rock climb by Oct. 1
  8. Do a day of trail or lookout maintenance
  9. Petition Climbing Committee by date listed in course schedule.
  10. Climbing Committee approval.

Activities associated with the Basic Climbing Course


Navigation
Wilderness First Aid
Lookout & Trail Maintenance

Instructor Review Session

If you are a Basic Climbing Graduate, you are eligible to help instruct in the Everett Basic Climbing Course. Instructing is a great way to refresh your skills and reinforce the things you've been taught in class. If you are a recent Basic graduate or a new instructor, you are required to attend both sessions in order to instruct in this year's Basic course. Participation in the Instructor Review is required at a minimum of once every three years in order to remain current. However, all instructors are encouraged to attend every year they plan to help.

Instructing is also a core component of the Intermediate Climbing Course. If you plan to enroll in the Everett Branch Intermediate Climbing Course, you must attend the Instructor Review in order to help instruct.

The all-day session is typically held in mid-January at the Mountaineers Program Center in Seattle. Sign up at Mountaineers.org .

Intermediate Climbing Course

Intermediate: Ice Climbing

Our Intermediate course will forge you into a competent leader. You'll learn to what it's like on the "sharp end" of the rope. You will be setting pro, leading on rock and glacier, climbing ice, rescue techniques, and a lot more. It's a tough course that will change your climbing life, due to newfound confidence and skills.

The course is a series of modules which you can take separately. Please note: Dates are subject to change as conditions require. Students will be required to take a Level 1 Avalanche Course and provide documentation of successful completion prior to attending the winter climbing field trip.

Signing up for ICC modules

To sign up for any of the Intermediate courses, please contact us. Unlike most Mountaineer courses, we don't take signup on line. We have a limited availability for our courses.

The Leading on Rock, Alpine Ice, Winter/Mixed Climbing and Self Rescue courses can be signed up and paid for individually or bundled. Payment instructions will be provided upon acceptance into the course(s). If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact us: Climbing_Intermediate@EverettMountaineers.com.

Eligibility

Application is open to any Mountaineers Club member who is either a Basic graduate or equivalent. Selection of applicants will be at the discretion of the committee members.

2015 ICC Schedule

Introduction to Leading on Rock

Using classroom and field instruction, you will learn the fundamentals of safely leading fifth class rock -- both sport and traditional routes. You do not have to be an intermediate climbing student to take this course. You will make a significant investment in time, energy, psychological preparation, and money to complete this course.

Instruction includes placement of protection, anchor building, rappelling, sport climbing, and multi-pitch traditional climbing. To the extent practical, students will be allowed to progress at their own pace. Course graduates are eligible to be rope leaders on Basic Climbs, and Club Climbs, and to participate in Crag Climbs.

A basic skills assessment will be held at the first lecture. The skills assessment will cover basic knots, belaying, rappelling, anchors (SRENE) and emergency tie-off (ETO).

Prerequisites

Applicants must be graduates of the Basic Climbing Course, or have equivalency status and successfully demonstrate basic climbing skills.

Equipment

Please do not purchase any equipment prior to the first course lecture. A complete list of required equipment is included in the student handbook at the first lecture. Equipment must be suitable for use in an alpine climbing environment and includes rock shoes, clothing, pack, helmet, harness, carabineers, a climbing rack, a rope and a variety of other gear. All required equipment could easily exceed several hundreds of dollars.

Registration

A limited number of applicants will be invited to attend the first lecture/field trip. Those who demonstrate competence in the basic skills and climbing assessment will be accepted into the course.

Applications can be obtained from the class coordinator, Seton Staples, seton.staples@gmail.com. To register, complete and return the application form. The registration fee will be due upon acceptance in the course and online payment instructions will be provided at that time. If you decide to drop the course at the end of the first lecture, you will be refunded the course fee less $25. No refunds will be available after the first lecture.

Textbooks

Graduation

  1. Successful completion of all field trips.
  2. Completion of volunteer trail maintenance.
  3. Current Mountaineers membership.
  4. Current Wilderness First Aid certification.
  5. Complete three lead climbs, two of which must be 5th class Multipitch and two of which must be traditional style.
  6. Fulfillment of all requirements by date listed in schedule.
  7. Petition the Intermediate Climbing Committee by date listed in schedule.
  8. Intermediate Climbing Committee approval.

Intermediate Glacier Course

This course builds on the foundation set in the Basic Climbing Course. It will cover the next steps in building your skills to lead, plan and practice safe climbing and descending glacier routes in the Cascades. This course will give you the skills and confidence to plan and lead your own glacier climbs. It consists of two evening lectures followed by two weekend trips. The first weekend is a 2-day practice session held on snow slopes. The second trip is an overnight climb of a Cascade glacier route, where participants organize, plan and run the complete climb, under supervision of a climb leader.

Course outline

Lecture 1:
Snow anchors (types and usage, when to rope up). Snow climbing techniques (footwork, simul-climbing). Avoiding and getting out of trouble situations. Speed & Efficiency.

Lecture 2:
Planning a climb (choosing a climb, end to end planning, weather, accessing snow stability, getting beta, evaluating and finding partners, time of day for climbing, estimating the best time/season for various climbing routes). Route finding (route selection for ascent and descent, evaluating hazards, crevasse navigation, advanced navigation techniques). Food and staying warm.

Practical:
Practice 2-man crevasse rescue (5:1, 6:1 z-pulley).

Skills Field Trip:
Saturday
Steep snow climbing techniques(French and German technique, front pointing, cane positions). Snow anchors: (pickets, ice screws, bollards, v-threads; when and how to place these, rappelling and belaying off snow and ice anchors). Simul-climbing: (traveling with ropes and using protection for short difficult sections).
Sunday
Glacier travelling techniques: (crossing crevasses and moats, belaying + protection, route finding, ice fall, rock fall and hazard evaluation). Advanced crevasse rescue: (more rescue scenarios -- lowering vs climbing out, middle person falls etc, two person crevasse rescue).

Experience climb
This is where participants get to practice most of the skills taught on a real climb. They will be responsible for planning, scheduling and route selection before and during the climb. A climb leader will only serve as an observer and backup but not the primary driver of the climb.

Prerequisites:

Basic Climbing Course graduate or equivalent.

Registration

Applications can be obtained from Ian Lauder, ian@cyber-sea.com the Intermediate Climbing Chair, Climbing_Intermediate@EverettMountaineers.com. To register, complete the application form and include the course fee. Make checks payable to the Everett Mountaineers. A full refund will be made for those not accepted to the course. If you decide to drop the course after the first lecture, you will be refunded the course fee less $25. No refunds will be available after the first lecture.

Introduction to Alpine Ice

This course will teach you the fundamental skills required to safely lead on steep alpine ice (glacier) routes. Instruction includes placement of protection, anchor building, rappelling, and multi-pitch climbing. To the extent practical, students will be allowed to progress at their own pace. Course graduates are eligible to participate in Intermediate Ice Climbs. The course consists of 1 lecture & 2 weekend field trips.

Prerequisites

Applicants must be graduates of the Basic Climbing and Intermediate Glacier Courses, or have equivalency status and be a Leading on Rock Graduate or current student. You must make a significant investment in time, energy, psychological preparation, and money to complete the course.

Equipment

Please do not purchase any equipment prior to the first course lecture. A complete list of required equipment is included in the student handbook on the first night of the course. Equipment must be suitable for use in an alpine climbing environment and includes: clothing, pack, helmet, harness, carabineers, slings, Ice Screws, Ice Tool(s), a rope and a variety of other gear. All required equipment could easily exceed several hundreds of dollars.

Registration

A limited number of applicants will be invited to attend the first lecture/field trip.

Applications can be obtained from the Intermediate Climbing Chair, Climbing_Intermediate@EverettMountaineers.com. To register, complete the application form and include the course fee. Make checks payable to the Everett Mountaineers. A full refund will be made for those not accepted to the course. If you decide to drop the course after the first lecture, you will be refunded the course fee less $25. No refunds will be available after the first lecture.

Textbooks

The Freedom of the Hills, 7th or 8th edition, Mountaineers Books; additional books to be determined.

Graduation

  1. Successful completion of all field trips.
  2. Current Mountaineers membership.
  3. Current MOFA certification.
  4. Complete two Intermediate Ice climbs.
  5. Fulfillment of all requirements by date TBD
  6. Petition the Climbing Committee by date TBD.
  7. Intermediate Climbing Committee approval.
  8. Assist in instructing once at the Basic Course Snow 1 and Snow 2 field trips
  9. Be a climb leader or rope lead on 3 Basic Glacier climbs (5 years to complete)

Introduction to Winter/Mixed climbing

This course will teach you the skills to safely lead winter climbs on rock & ice.

Instruction includes use of ice tools & crampons on rock, proper selection & placement of protection, anchor building & rappelling. To the extent practical, students will be allowed to progress at their own pace. Course graduates are eligible to participate in Intermediate Winter Climbs. The course consists of 1 lecture & 1 weekend field trips.

Prerequisites

Applicants must be graduates of the Basic Climbing Course, or have equivalency status, be a Leading on Rock graduate/student and Alpine Ice graduate/student. Students must have successfully completed a Level 1 Avalanche Course prior to attending the field trip. Avalanche course does not have to be through the Mountaineers but must provide documentation of completion. You must make a significant investment in time, energy, psychological preparation, and money to complete the course. Required equipment will be costly but does not have to be purchased all at once. The students may already have most of the necessary equipment from the leading on Rock & Alpine Ice courses. Students will be required to take a Level 1 Avalanche Course and provide documentation of successful completion prior to attending the winter climbing field trip. For more information or to sign up, please contact the course coordinator, Paul Gehlsen, gehlsenwoodworks@comcast.net, or the Intermediate Climbing Chair, Climbing_Intermediate@EverettMountaineers.com.

Equipment

Please do not purchase any equipment prior to the first course lecture. A complete list of required equipment is included in the student handbook on the first night of the course. Equipment must be suitable for use in an alpine climbing environment and includes, clothing, pack, helmet, harness, steel crampons, carabineers, slings, ice screws, ice tool(s), a rope, and a variety of other gear. All required equipment could easily exceed several hundreds of dollars.

Eligibility

The course is open to any Mountaineers Club member who is either a Basic graduate or has equivalent experience, a Leading on Rock (Crags) graduate or student and an Alpine Ice graduate or student. Selection of applicants will be at the discretion of the committee members.

Registration

A limited number of applicants will be invited to attend the first lecture/field trip. A full refund will be made for those not accepted to the course. If you decide to drop the course after the first lecture, you will be refunded the course fee less $25. No refunds will be available after the first lecture.

Textbooks

The Freedom of the Hills, 7th or 8th edition, Mountaineers Books, additional books TBD.

Graduation

  1. Successful completion of all field trips.
  2. Current Mountaineers membership.
  3. Current Wilderness First Aid certification.
  4. Complete three Intermediate winter climbs (one of which must be an overnight camp) within 5 years.
  5. Fulfillment of all requirements by date TBD.
  6. Petition the Climbing Committee by date TBD.
  7. Intermediate Climbing Committee approval.

Self Rescue Course

This course (SRC) has two components. Together they help develop fundamental skills applicable to self-rescue while climbing on rock. The emphasis is self-sufficiency in the mountains for a party of two. This is an advanced level climbing course. It will require the ability to improvise as necessary with limited gear. It is targeted to second year ICC students and climb leaders. There combined fee for SRC 1 and SRC 2 is $150. For more information please contact the course coordinator, Jon Schwegler, jons@expertdrywall.com, or the Intermediate Climbing Chair, Climbing_Intermediate@EverettMountaineers.com.

SRC 1 - Fundamental Techniques

Covers rappelling, lowering, raising, rescuing a follower and rescuing a leader. This component is a prerequisite to SRC 2.

SRC 2 - Advanced Techniques

Builds on the skills introduced in SRC 1. Covers evacuating a victim, small party rescue, identifying the self-rescue vs. go-for-help balance point, bolting, pitoncraft, alpine aid, rope soloing and includes scenarios that put all skills to use.

Sport Climbing Course

This course will teach you the skills to safely lead on sport (bolted) routes. Instruction includes clipping, anchors, rappelling, and climbing techniques. The course is suggested for gym climbers and scramblers, and Basic Grads who want to further develop their rock skills and learn to lead.

Prerequisites

Applicants must know how to belay. The following proof will be accepted: A Belay Card certificate from any Climbing Gym, a certificate of graduation from the Basic Climbing Course, equivalency status, or have at least passed the Final Exam.

Equipment

Six quickdraws and /or, slings, clothing, pack, helmet, carabiners, a rope and a variety of other gear.

Registration

Applicants will be informed whether they have been accepted into the course. To register, request an application by sending an email to Trystan Williams, trystan@trystan.org or the Intermediate Climbing Chair, Climbing_Intermediate@EverettMountaineers.com. The course fee is due on the day of the lecture. Do not send fee until you have been notified that you have been accepted into the course.

Textbook

How to Rock Climb: Sport Climbing, John Long, Falcon Press.

Graduation

Successful completion of all field trips.

Climb Leader Seminar

This seminar will address the path to becoming a Climb Leader -- Expectations of this role, the development and mentoring process, how and when to petition to become a Climb Leader. This seminar will also cover best practices in climb leadership. The AIARE Decision Making Framework will be broadened and adapted to non-avalanche scenarios of risk management on Basic and Intermediate climbs. Our desired outcome is for smarter decisions in the field and improved alpine safety. Intermediate Students and prospective climb leaders should attend. This is also a recurrent requirement for Everett Branch Climb Leaders to maintain their Climb Leader status.

Bring pen and paper, lunch. Review the AIARE Decision Making Framework beforehand and prepare to discuss how this would apply in leading a trip and managing risk.

Current climb leaders must attend a Climbing Leadership Seminar at least once every five years in order to retain climb leader status with the Everett Branch. Please note that attendance at this workshop is a REQUIREMENT for becoming a Leader in the Climbing Program.

Climbing committee

We welcome your help on our committee. Give back to your branch! The Climbing Committee meets irregularly approximately every two months at Snohomish PUD in Everett. For more information, contact climbing@everettmountaineers.org.

Service Award

The Ken Nelson Memorial Climbing Award honors an outstanding Climbing Committee leader each year.

Committee members

For Climbing information: climbing@EverettMountaineers.org. For Intermediate information: climbing_intermediate@EverettMountaineers.org
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