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.
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.
2022 Basic Climbing Class Calendar
NOTE: Dates can fluctuate due to available permits for group recreation. Schedule should be set closer to class start.
Gear nights are optional but encouraged as we're working with local outdoor shops to provide discounts. More details regarding these gear nights can be found here, but the quick/dirty details are as follows:
Ascent Outdoors - Wed., Mar. 9 - 7-9p (please click HERE to RSVP for this one, they're providing refreshments!) - 20% off class related gear, pre-packed "grab bags" with a number of required items.
Wonderland Gear Exchange - Thurs., Mar. 17 - 6-8p - $20 store credit (for next visit) with $50+ purchase - Fun Fact: one of the founders of the WGE is a WAC BCC alum., and there are WAC instructors that work here! Woot!
Feathered Friends - Wed., Mar. 23 - 6-8:30p - 15% off class related items, 10% off FF branded product (students only)
Outdoor Research - Wed., Mar. 30 - 5-7p - 15% off