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Alpine Climbing Course

Do you want a climb of a lifetime or a lifetime of climbing?

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The Alpine Climbing Course combines classroom lecture, field instruction and climbing experience designed to provide the basic skills necessary to safely climb rock, snow and glaciated peaks of the Pacific Northwest. The course covers the selection and care of equipment, snow and glacier travel and camping, belaying, rappelling, a little alpine rock climbing, crevasse rescue and many other topics.


During field trips and actual climbs, the student will put these skills to use with the guidance of experienced mountaineers. Participants should desire to learn technical mountaineering skills and be aware that this course requires a significant investment in time and energy.

You can borrow mountaineering boots and most of your technical equipment for the course at no cost. A detailed equipment list is included in the course syllabus. 

Lectures: Thursdays, March  7, 14, 21: 1800-2100. Full attendance is required to graduate the course. 

Overnight: March 22-24, 0700-1900 (We will be camping in a winter environment which will mimic the actual approach, camp and start of an alpine climb)

Meeting location: Northwest Adventure Center
Cost: $595

Graduating from the course will yield you $50 off any future JBLM MWR Outdoor Recreation Alpine climb.

Participant restrictions: 16+ and capable of carrying 30+lbs over 2000+ feet of elevation gain.
Max participants: 25