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.

2015 Kitsap Basic Climbing Program Expectations Print E-mail

The Kitsap Basic Climbing Course is now available for signup.  Register for the course at

  • Costs

    • $350 Course Fee and participants need to be members of the Mountaineers. 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

      • 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.)

    • $50 - Navigation Course (positions will be reserved for Basic and Scramble students)
    • Approximately $175. Alpine First Aid Course. To be scheduled by the participant in addition 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.

2015 Kitsap Basic Climbing Sessions Print E-mail

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Classroom Sessions

Field Sessions

Class #1 -Wilderness Basics Weekend

Kitsap Cabin

January 21, 2015. 6:00 PM.

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

FT #1 - Initial Field Experience

Green Mountain State Forest

January 24, 2015. 8:00 AM

Class #2 - Ropes, Anchors, and Belay

Kitsap Cabin

February 4, 2015. 6:00 PM.

FT #2 - Ropes, Anchors, and Belay Field Session

Kitsap Cabin

February 7, 2015. 8:00 AM.

Navigation (separate class registration)

Kitsap Cabin

February 12, 2015. 6:00 PM

Maps, Compass, Navigation Systems

Navigation Field Session (separate class registration)

Kitsap Cabin/Green Mountain State Forest

February 21, 2015. 8:00 AM.

Class #3 - Snow Climbing and Avalanche Awareness

Kitsap Cabin

March 11, 2015. 6:00 PM.

FT #3 - Snow Climbing and Avalanche Awareness (Snow 1)

Mt Rainier National Park

March 21 and 22, 2015. 9:00 AM.

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

Class #4 - Rock Climbing in the Alpine Environment

Kitsap Cabin

April 15, 2015. 6:00 PM

FT #4 - Rock Climbing (Rock 1)

Spire Rock - Spanaway

April 18, 2015. 8:00 AM

FT #5 - Rock Climbing (Rock 2)

Leavenworth Area

May 9, 2015. 8:00 AM

Be prepared to arrive early.

Class #5 - Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue

Kitsap Cabin

May 13, 2015. 6:00 PM.

FT #6 - Crevasse Rescue Ground School/Prusik Practice

Kitsap Memorial Park

May 16, 2015. 8:00 AM.

FT #7 - Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue Practice (Snow 2)

Easton Glacier, Mt Baker National Forest.

May 30 and May 31, 2015. 8:00 AM

Be prepared to arrive early.

Kitsap Required Equipment Matrix Print E-mail

The equipment listed needs to be acquired and brought to the class prior to the field session. Some items, such as tents, may be rented or shared during the class.

Class #1 - Wilderness Basics - January 21, 2015


Top and bottom base layers (non-cotton)

Hard shell jacket

Pants - synthetic or wool

Rain pants

Extra socks (wool or synthetic)

Warm gloves or mittens

Warm hat

Sun hat

Climbing helmet


Sunscreen/lip balm

Headlamp; extra batteries

First aid kit

Waterproof matches/lighter

Fire starter

Pocket knife or multi-tool

Compass (see Navigation for approved models)

Day pack (frameless) for mountaineering


Reserve food (non-perishable)

Filled water container



Class#2 - Ropes, Anchors, and Belays - February 4, 2015


Belay device

Leather belay gloves

Chock pick

Three 5-foot sections of tubular webbing (color A = single runner)

Two 9-foot sections of tubular webbing (color B = double runner)

One 8-foot section of tubular webbing (color C = chest harness)

25’ - 6 mm perlon cord (~13’ for leg prusik, ~7’ for chest prusik, ~4’ for tie-off loop)

Commercial seat harness

6 - standard size wire-gate, D, or oval carabiners

2 - locking D or oval carabiners

1 - large pear-shaped carabiner



Class #3 - Snow Climbing and Avalanche Awareness - March 11, 2015


Overnight pack

Four-season tent

Cook gear

Gaiters (long)

Standard Ice Ax

Insulated jacket

Snowshoes recommended


Mountaineering boots

+20 (max.)degree sleeping bag

Insulated sleeping pad

Glacier glasses with

side shields



Class #5 - Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue - May 13, 2015


Crampons with front points, steel

Crevasse rescue pulley (square edge for self prusik-minding)

Warm mittens