Basic Mountaineering

Club Climbs: These basic climbs will sign up on a first-come, first-served status. Kitsap Branch members will have a 2 week sign up window ahead of club-wide sign-ups. Those signing up have to directly contact the climb leader. Prior experience and/or climbing status is required.

 
Kitsap Basic Climbing Program Expectations 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Kitsap Basic Climbing Program Expections 2014

  • Costs

    • $300 Course Fee. What this includes; what it’s for

      • Access to classroom and field sessions for up to two years before graduate status achieved

      • Access to Mountaineer-sponsored climbs for up to two years before graduate status achieved

      • Navigation Certification

      • Funds Kitsap’s Basic Climbing Program budget for gear and equipment provided for students

      • Contributes to the overall club infrastructure - staff, on-line services

      • Funds the cost of meeting locations

    • $30. Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition. Paperback; or

    • $40. Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition. Hardback. (Discounts for members.)

    • Approxiamately $175. Alpine First Aid Course. To be scheduled by the participant in addtion to course schedule.

    • Gear purchases that meet course standards. $500-$1500.

  • Expectations to Participate on Sponsored Climbs

    • Complete all classroom sessions

    • Complete all field sessions

    • Obtain required gear by date required.

    • Pass all skill tests

    • Pass a conditioning test

  • Other Fees. Optional.

    • WA State. Discover Pass for each vehicle parking in state parks or DNR recreation sites.

      • Annual - $30

      • Daily - $10

    • Federal Lands. Entrance and parking only. Not camping.

      • Annual Interagency for all federal entrances and parking. $80.

      • National Park. $30 annual. $5-$15 daily.

      • Backcountry Camping Permits. $5 per group. $2/person/night.

    • Climbing Permits

      • Mt Rainier. $44/person 25 and older annual. $31/person 24 and younger.

      • Mt. St. Helens. $22/person. April 1-October 31.

 
Kitsap Basic Climbing Program Schedule 2014 PDF Print E-mail

 

Kitsap Basic Climbing Program Schedule 2014

ü Washington State Discover Pass to park at Green Mountain State Forest.

ü An entry fee is required for each vehicle entering Mount Rainier National Park

ü A Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking at most popular trailheads in the National Forest.

ü Participants must have a qualifying First Aid Course focused on the Alpine Environment before graduate status is granted. An additional fee is required for this separate course.

 

Classroom Sessions

Field Sessions

Wilderness Basics Weekend

Kitsap Cabin

January 4, 2014. 8:00 AM.

10 Essential Systems, Knots, Leave No Trace, Conditioning, Packing, Documentation, Course Expectations

Initial Field Experience

Green Mountain State Forest

January 5, 2015. 8:00 AM

Ropes, Anchors, and Belay

Kitsap Cabin

February 5, 2014. 6:00 PM.

Ropes, Anchors, and Belay Field Session

Kitsap Cabin

February 8, 2014. 8:00 AM.

Navigation

Kitsap Cabin

February 19, 2014. 6:00 PM

Maps, Compass, Navigation Systems

Navigation Field Session

Kitsap Cabin/Green Mountain State Forest

February 22 and 23, 2014. 8:00 AM.

Snow Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

Kitsap Cabin

March 5, 2014. 6:00 PM.

Snow Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

Mt Rainier National Park

March 8 and 9, 2014. 9:00 AM.

Snow Camping, Roping Up, Avalanche Evaluation Skills, Belaying on Snow, Snow Anchors

Rock Climbing in the Alpine Environment

Kitsap Cabin

April 2, 2014. 6:00 PM

Rock Climbing Field Session 1

Green Mountain State Forest

April 5, 2014. 8:00 AM

Rock Climbing Field Session 2

Leavenworth Area

April 19, 2014. 8:00 AM

Be prepared to arrive early.

Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue

Kitsap Cabin

May 7, 2014. 6:00 PM.

Crevasse Rescue Ground School/Prusik Practice Field Session 1

Kitsap Memorial Park

May 10, 2014. 8:00 AM.

Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue Practice

Field Session 2

Easton Glacier, Mt Baker National Forest.

May 31 and June 1, 2014. 8:00 AM

Be prepared to arrive early.

 
Kitsap Basic Climbing Program - Gear Acquisition PDF Print E-mail

Kitsap Basic Climbing Program


Gear Acquisition Schedule. The gear listed needs to be acquired and brought to the class session prior to the field session. Some items may be rented for temporary use.


Wilderness Basics - January 4, 2014


Three 5-foot sections of tubular webbing

Two 9-foot sections of tubular webbing

One 8-foot section of tubular webbing

40 ft - 6 mm perlon cord

Commercial seat harness

Climbing helmet

6 - oval, standard size carabiners

2 - locking D or oval carabiners

1 - large pear-shaped carabiner

Top and bottom base layers

Hard shell jacket

Pants - synthetic or wool

Rain pants

Mountaineering boots

Long gaiters

Warm gloves or mittens

Frameless day pack for mountaineering

Compass

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Headlamp; batteries

First aid kit

Waterproof matches/lighter

Fire starter

Pocket knife or multi-tool

Warm hat

Sun hat


Ropes, Anchors, and Belays - February 5, 2014


Belay device

Leather belay gloves

Chock pick


Snow Climbing and Avalanche Awareness - March 5, 2014


Overnight pack

Four-season tent

Cook gear

Gaiters

Standard Ice Ax

Insulated jacket

Snowshoes recommended

Shovel



Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue - May 7, 2014


Crampons

Crevasse rescue pulley

Warm mitts