How to Apply

Note: The instructions below are for applications for 2022.

The cost of the course is $655 and includes your textbooks.

Before applying, please note:

  • All students must be or become members of the WAC if they are accepted into the class. Inactive WAC members will need to renew.

    • Students must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the class.

  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • All applicants will be interviewed by phone and notified by email by mid-February.

  • Refunds are only given if we can fill your spot (typically from the wait list).

  • If there are vacancies before class begins, we will fill them from the wait list.

  • Make sure you can attend all classroom lectures and weekend trips on the schedule, including the backup weekend. Attendance is mandatory.

    • To keep all the students on the same content, we strictly enforce mandatory attendance. If you can't make the class, be an adult and 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.

  • Climbing is dangerous. To be considered for the class, you are required to fill out the liability waivers. You must also have health insurance throughout the class to cover any injuries.

Application instructions:

  1. Submit the application. Applications are due by end of the day on December 31st.

      • Note that to assess current fitness you need to hike Mount Si carrying a 30-lb backpack and to keep track of how long it takes you to arrive at the meadow at the base of the Haystack. Time yourself from the trailhead to the meadow, and record this time. You will need a Discover Pass for parking. Directions and trail description are at: The application will require you to enter in your time, a recent date hiked, and trail conditions.

  2. We will contact you via email to schedule a good time for a brief phone interview.

  3. You will be notified by email by mid-February. Those who are accepted will be sent payment instructions for the class fee and a request to sign the class waiver.

Thanks for applying!