2018 Basic Mountaineering Course


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:
  • Every Monday from April 16 through May 21 at YVCC from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays, May 10 and May 17 at Franklin Park from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Ice Axe and Snow Travel field session on Saturday, May 12 at White Pass from 8 a.m. until completed (depending on snow levels)
  • Rock session on either Saturday, June 2 or Sunday, June 3 (choose one) - location to be determined - from 8 a.m. until completed
  • Glacier Travel Field Day on Saturday, June 23 and possibly Sunday, June 24 - location to be determined depending on available access to glaciers - 7 a.m. until completed
Participants shall pay a fee to recover the cost of maintaining the course and instructional equipment. After registration is confirmed by YVCC, choose the correct option below to remit the fee to CWMR through PayPal. If paying before the first day of class, the minimum amount is $175; after that the amount increases to $200. Anyone who has not completed the registration and cost recovery process by the first night of class may be dropped from the roster and the next person on the wait list will be given an opportunity to participate in the class.
To pay the fee, choose the correct option:

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 .
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