Basic Climbing Class

The Washington Alpine Club (WAC) Basic Climbing Class (BCC) offers a basic and comprehensive introduction to the technical mountaineering skills required to travel safely over snowfields, glaciers, and high-angle rock.  You will come out of the class a competent and trustworthy participant for such trips. You will not come out of the class ready to lead these trips, but you will have a solid foundation to pursue those skills next. You will also have the opportunity to join (or even instigate) such trips with your newfound WAC community and friends. Review the FAQ to better understand the nature of the class.

Applications for 2024 will be open November 1 - 30, 2023. Please visit our Application page for more details.

Students: Communications go out weekly. Check your spam folder and adjust Spam Filter Settings! You can also find previous emails via the wac-basic-students google group.

Besides this class, the WAC offers other outdoor experiences through its classes and all-volunteer community. Check it all out on and consider joining us in other ways!