Course Outline

This outlines all classroom and field trip sessions. There will be other optional class and WAC events along the way, but they are not included here. Refer to the Schedule for specific dates. Do the reading before class to get the most out of it.

Week 1

Welcome! We'll meet each other, get oriented, get on the same page with LNT, and start diving into the extensive gear list.

Pre-reading: (all optional) FOTH Ch. 1 First Steps, Ch. 2 Clothing and Equipment, Ch. 3 Camping, Food, and Water

Class: Leave No Trace, Gear 1

Field Trip: None

Week 2

Continue review of all relevant gear. You'll have enough information to research the things you don't have yet, but you don't need to rush too much on gear which won't come into play until later.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 4 Physical Conditioning, Ch. 7 Leave No Trace

Class: Gear 2

Field Trip: None

Week 3

We'll wrap up the fundamentals for our first field trip up Mount Si. There you'll learn with smaller teams over a variety of stations including practicing navigation by map and compass, getting 1-on-1 instruction of core climbing knots, as well as some other applied skills.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 5 Navigation, Ch. 6 Wilderness Travel

Class: Navigation

Field Trip: Mount Si. The packet will be released in the week leading up to the trip. Double check all required gear, and be on time!

Week 4

Get ready for your first weekend moving and climbing with a rope and partners on artificial climbing structures.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 9 Basic Safety System, Ch. 10 Belaying

Class: Knots 1

Field Trip: Spire 1. One day with everyone. The packet will be released in the week leading up to the trip. Double check all required gear, and be on time!

Week 5

We'll continue to sharpen our understanding and practicing the fundamentals of climbing with protection with a team.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 11 Rappelling, Ch. 12 Alpine Rock Climbing Technique

Class: Knots 2

Field Trip: Spire 2. One day with everyone. The packet... you get it, right?

Week 6

This is your first climb on real rock. In context, you'll begin to see how this is different and how you'll want to assess the anchors you'll rely on.

Pre-reading: Climbing Anchors Ch. 1 & 2. optional: FOTH Ch. 13 Rock Protection, Ch. 14 Leading on Rock

Class: Rock 1: Anchors

Field Trip: Erie. One day with everyone.

Week 7

We'll finish out our in depth review of all fundamental climbing knots and anchors. Then we'll head out to vantage for a fun day of sport climbing where you'll practice these skills which make you a competent and trustworthy rock climbing partner.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 26 Mountain Geology. optional: Climbing Anchors Ch. 3, 4, 5, 6

Class: Rock 2 / Knots 2

Field Trip: Vantage. Class will be broken up into smaller groups. You will choose one day to participate. Many camp out nights before or after their assigned day.

Week 8

You'll be tested individually on all technical skills covered so far. For any that need more work, we'll work together to practice and fill out those gaps. The guard rails and safety nets are gradually being removed!

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 24 First Aid

Class: Knots Test / First Aid

Field Trip: None. Enjoy your break. Recharge.

Week 9

You'll learn to operate effectively and efficiently on snow covered terrain, which includes snow camping and skills related to safe backcountry snow travel. Among these: ice axe arrest, efficiently ascending and descending snow slopes, and how to use snow as a medium for creating an anchor.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 3 Camping, Food, and Water, Ch. 16 Snow Travel and Climbing

Class: Winter Camping & Ice Axe

Field Trip: Snow 1. Everyone over 2 days, 1 night.

Week 10

This is a real climb, in that it is a real peak in the wilderness that people go to. It will be a challenge. To get there, you'll put your navigational skills to the test in the field and your technical skills summiting some objective safely, as a group.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 27 The Cycle of Snow , Ch. 28 Mountain Weather

Class: Avalanche Awareness & Trip Planning

Field Trip: Alpine 1. Class will be broken up into smaller groups. You will choose one day to participate.

Week 11

Another real climb to further cement your learnings and skills in the real world.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 17 Avalanche Safety

Class: Glacier Travel & Crampons

Field Trip: Alpine 2. Class will be broken up into smaller groups. You will choose one day to participate.

Week 12

We'll learn about glacier rescue and start to get a sense of the kinds of situations that can happen. Everyone unplanned situation is unique! We'll add one powerful rescue technique to your repertoire, the z-pulley.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 18 Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue

Class: Glacier Rescue & Z-Pulley

Field Trip: None. Enjoy your break. Recharge.

Week 13

For your last instruction-oriented field trip, we'll travel to a real glacier to practice crevasse rescue, roped glacier travel, and climbing techniques on low angle and vertical alpine ice.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 19 Alpine Ice Climbing

Class: Altitude & Weather

Field Trip: Snow 2. Everyone over 2 days, 1 night.

Week 14

Home stretch! We'll round off a few corners, give back to the community, and make sure that everyone is ready to complete the class.

Before class: Trip Planning Assignment.
-reading: FOTH Ch. 21 Expedition Climbing & pp 563-566

Class: DEI +

Field Trip: Volunteer Day

Week 15

Bring it all together in your final class-organized field trip. You'll camp on snow, climb a glacier, and summit a volcano.

Pre-reading: FOTH Ch. 22 Leadership, Ch. 25 Alpine Rescue

Class: Mountain Safety: Compounding Errors

Field Trip: Baker. Schedule TBD.

Week 16

Celebrate a successful class and spark up the beginnings of future trips. This is only the beginning.

Class: Survey & summer climbs

Field Trip: Baker (backup)