Class meets on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9 PM (except for the first meeting, Tuesday March 8th, which will run from 7 to 9:30 PM). Classes are held in the meeting room(s) at Prospect Congregational Church in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Street parking is available around the church. 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.
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.
Gear nights are optional but encouraged as we're working with local outdoor shops to provide discounts. These will be scheduled within the early weeks of the class.