Ruth/Icy traverse, by Pie (aka Jon Schwegler)

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.

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.


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.


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.


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


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

2015 schedule

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

Wilderness First Aid
Lookout & Trail Maintenance

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:

For more information, see: Climbing Courses

Climb with us

Dorado Needle

Who can go

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.

Sign up

All trips are posted on

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.

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

Service Award

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

Committee members

For Climbing information:
The Everett Mountaineers, P.O. Box 1848, Everett, WA 98206
Sign up at club web site:
Everett Branch home page