|The Basic Mountaineering Course is offered by Central Washington Mountain Rescue (CWMR) through Yakima Valley Community College as community service.
This is a non-credit course introducing the beginning climber to basic mountaineering skills. Students will learn about climbing and safety equipment, risk and hazard evaluation, and physiological needs of the climber. Basic through easy Class 5 rock climbing and how to set up a top rope system will be covered. Safe methods of snow travel, glacier travel, and crevasse rescue techniques will also be discussed.
Prerequisite: Minimum age is 18, general physical fitness that includes the ability to carry a pack 2 miles uphill over uneven, rocky, and snowy terrain.
Other expectations: Personal gear such as pack and appropriate clothing for the mountain environment, transportation to field sessions, completing required readings, and active participation in class and field sessions.
Primary text book: Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition, by the Mountaineers and Ronald C. Eng. Once registration is confirmed, a copy of the textbook must be secured for the length of the course as there are required reading assignments each week.
Registration for the 2017 class
Note: YVCC charges a $15 registration fee.
Mandatory meeting times for the class include:
For a complete syllabus and additional information, you may write to Central Washington Mountain Rescue, P.O. Box 2663, Yakima, Washington 98907 or preferably contact us via .