|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 of 18.
Other expectations: General physical fitness. That includes the ability to climb 1,000 feet vertical carring a 25 pound or more pack over uneven, rocky, and snowy terrain in an hour or less, to be demonstrated any time prior to participation in the Glacier Travel field session in June, which is essential for safety. Training days with instructors will be available throughout the course. Additionally, 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 is required.
Text Book: Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition or newer, 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 2018 class opens Thursday, March 22, 2018 and goes through Thursday, March 28, 2018. Registering early within this period is strongly recommended since the 30 available spots have historically filled prior to the close of registration. See YVC Registration for more information.
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 .