Schedule

  • Class meets on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 PM (except for the first meeting, Tuesday April 28th, which will run from 7 to 9:30 PM). Class is held in the basement of Prospect United Church of Christ on Capitol Hill (1919 E Prospect St, Seattle, WA -- map here). Don't be late, we start promptly.
  • Attendance is required at all classroom sessions and all weekend field trips.
  • To get the most out of the class, you will need to do the required reading and homework prior to each Tuesday night session. 
    • The majority of the reading is from Freedom of the Hills (FOTH), 8th edition. 
    • Anchor building and assessment reading material will come from the Climbing Anchors text book. 
    • You will also receive a copy of Accidents in North American Mountaineering (ANAM) which is released annually by the AAC. We encourage you to read this prior to the Mountain Safety lecture, it is a great learning tool.
    • On the schedule below, you will find the required reading for each week.
  • Like the field trips, this is a very hands-on class. In addition to the reading and the lectures, we will be using our climbing gear to practice knots, anchors, and other skills in the classroom setting before we venture outside. Please make sure to check the required gear for each Tuesday night class prior to arrival.
  • For the class field trips, refer to the gear list. There will be pack checks at the trailhead before each outing. If you do not have all of the required gear, you may not be able to participate.


Tuesday Night Lectures Weekend Field Trips
Week  Month Day Topic Homework Gear Day Topic Location Docs
1 February 28  Meet & Greet, LNT, Gear 1  None

 N/A  4-5  No Trip  N/A
2  March    7     Gear Lecture 2 FOTH Chapters 4 & 7 N/A 11-12 No Trip N/A
 3 March     14 Navigation 
Suplemental Info
 FOTH Chapters 5, 6  Compass
Map
 18 Mt Si
Knots, Map & Compass 
 Mt Si Rd, North Bend
WTA info 
 
4  March 21  Knots 1  FOTH Chapters  9 & 10 N/A 25
(Sat)
Spire 1
(Rock I)
Climbing, Rappelling, Glacier Travel
SPIRE Rock
Military Rd S, just West of Highway 7, Spanaway

5 March 28 Knots 2 FOTH Chapters 11 & 12 Gear List April 2
(Sun)
Spire 2
(Rock I)
Climbing, Rappelling, Glacier Travel, Map & Compass 
SPIRE Rock
Military Rd S, just West of Highway 7, Spanaway

6 April 4 Climbing Anchors Climbing Anchors, optional FOTH Chapter 13 Gear List 8 Mt Erie
Climbing, Rappelling, Anchors 
Mt Erie
Ray Auld Dr & Erie Mountain Dr, Anacortes 

7  April 11 Rock II
(Students meet at Mountaineers Wall, not at church)
FOTH Chapter 14 Gear List 14-16
(1 day)
Vantage Frenchman Coulee

8   April 18 No Lecture No Class  N/A 22 - 23 Break N/A
 9 April25   Winter Camping,
Ice Axe
 FOTH Chapters 3, 16 Gear List29 - 30 Snow 1
Self Arrest, Snow Travel, Snow Anchors, Glacier Travel 
 Mt Baker, Artist Point  
10 May 2  First Aid
(cheat sheet)
Knots Exam
FOTH Chapters 23 Gear List 29-30 Break N/A
11 May  9
 
Avalanche Awareness
 FOTH 
Chapters 26,27
 Gear List 12 - 14
(1 Day)
Alpine 1
  Alpental Parking Lot 
12  May 16  Mountain Safety FOTH  Chapters 22, 24  Gear List 19-21
(1-day)
 Alpine 2  Alpental Parking Lot 
13   May 23 Glacier Travel and Crampons  FOTH Chapters 17, 18  N/A 27 - 28 Break N/A
14   May 30 Z-Pulley  FOTH Chapters 17, 18 Gear List  3-4  Snow 2
Glacier Travel, Low Angle Ice, 
Crevasse Rescue, High Angle Ice
 Paradise Parking Lot, Mt Rainier NP
15  June 6 Altitude &
Trip Planning
Final Announcements
 Trip Planning Assignment
FOTH Chapter 21 and pages 563-566
 Gear List  10-11 Mt Baker 
GRADUATION CLIMB!
 Schreiber Meadow Trailhead  
16

June N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A  17-18
 Mt Baker Backup
(if previous weekend canceled) 
 Schreiber Meadow Trailhead  
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