• Class meets on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 PM (except for the first meeting, Tuesday March 3th, 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 keep all the students on the same content, we strictly enforce mandatory attendance. If you can't make the class, you must let the instructors know. The inability to make a class can result in forfeiting the right to graduate the class, including summiting Mount Baker. The cost of the class will be donated to the club if an accepted student pays but cannot finish the class.
  • 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). 
    • 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.

2020 Basic Climbing Class Calendar
NOTE: Dates can fluctuate due to available permits for group recreation. Schedule should be set closer to class start.

Tuesday Night Lectures Weekend Field Trips
Week  Month Day Topic Homework Gear Day Topic Location Lectures
1 March 3
 Meet & Greet, LNT, Gear 1  Optional: FOTH  Chapters 1-3

 N/A 9-10  No Trip  N/A Week 1
2 March 10 Gear Lecture 2 FOTH Chapters 4 & 7 N/A 16-17 No Trip N/A Week 2
 3March17 Navigation 
Suplemental Info
 FOTH Chapters 5, 6  Compass
 Mt Si
Knots, Map & Compass 
 Mt Si Rd, North Bend
WTA info 
 Week 3
4 March 24  Knots 1  FOTH Chapters  9 & 10 Gear List 28 (Sat) Spire 1
(Rock I)
Climbing, Rappelling, Glacier Travel
Military Rd S, just West of Highway 7, Spanaway

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

6 April 7
Rock I
Climbing Anchors Chapters 1, 2

optional FOTH Chapter 13, 14
Gear List 12 (Sun) Mt Erie
Climbing, Rappelling, Anchors  
Mt Erie
Ray Auld Dr & Erie Mountain Dr, Anacortes
Week 6
Extra Credit: Climbing Practice at Mountaineers Wall (South Plaza) Climbing Gear
7 April 14 Rock II
(Students meet at Mountaineers Wall North Plaza, not at church)
FOTH Chapter 26

extra credit: additional Climbing Anchor chapters 3-6
Gear List 17-19
(pick 1 day)
Vantage Frenchman Coulee
Extra Credit: Climbing Practice at Mountaineers Wall (South Plaza)
 Climbing Gear
8 April 21 Knots Test and First Aid FOTH Chapter 24  Gear List 24-25
(both days)
Break! N/A Week 8
  Winter Camping,
Ice Axe
 FOTH Chapters 3, 16N/AMay 2-3 (both days) Snow 1
Self Arrest, Snow Travel, Snow Anchors, Glacier Travel 
Mt Baker, Artist Point  
10 May 5
 Mountain Safety: Compounding Errors FOTH Chapters 22, 25 Gear List 8-10 (pick 1 day)
Alpine 1 Alpental Parking Lot
-The Tooth
-Lundin Peak

11 May  12
 Glacier Travel and Crampons
Chapters 17
 Gear List 15-17
(pick 1 day)
Alpine 2
 Alpental Parking Lot
-The Tooth
-Lundin Peak

12 May 19
Glacier Rescue and Z-Pulley

FOTH  Chapters 18  Gear List 23-24
(both days)
13 May 26  Avalanche Awareness, Snow Travel  FOTH Chapters 19  N/A 30 (Sat)
Trail Work Weekend!

Option 1 - Mailbox Peak Area (w/ Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust)
Option 2 - Fun Rock near Mazama (w/ the Access Fund)

14 June 2 Trip Planning & Weather
Trip Planning Assignment
FOTH Chapter 21 and pages 563-566 
Gear List  6-7 (both days)
Snow 2
Glacier Travel, Low Angle Ice, 
Crevasse Rescue, High Angle Ice

Paradise Parking Lot, Nisqually Glacier, Mt Rainier NP 

15 June 9
 FOTH Chapters 27, 28  Gear List  13-14 (both days) Mt Baker 1
Graduation Climb!
 Schreiber Meadow Trailhead  
 16 June16
 Final Class!
 None 20-21 (both days)
 Mt. Baker 2
Graduation Climb!
  Schreiber Meadow Trailhead 
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