Basic Mountaineering Course

A volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives through search, rescue, and mountain safety education.

BMC 2022 registration will open Feb/Mar. Class dates will be similar to those from 2021 below (mid-Apr to mid-Jun).

We look forward to learning with you!

Please email with any questions.

The Basic Mountaineering Course is offered by Central Washington Mountain Rescue (CWMR) as a community education service.

This course introduces the beginner 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, belaying, and rappelling will be covered. Safe methods of snow travel, glacier travel, and crevasse rescue techniques will also be learned.


Step 1) Submit online application

Step 2) DO NOT PAY YET - Receive confirmation email from (to assure space is available)

Step 3) After receiving confirmation email, then submit $250 recovery fee/donation

Note: Registration is not complete until the confirmation email is received AND the $250 recovery fee/donation is paid. Space is limited. Spaces will be held in the order registrations are received WITH payment. Applications without a paid fee will be placed on the waiting list.

BMC is a community education service and fundraiser for CWMR. If you have extenuating financial difficulties, please email Possible accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.



  • Full refund 7 days before start of class.
  • Half refund within 24 hours after the first class.
  • No refund for withdrawal or no-show 24+ hours after first class.



Applications without a paid fee and/or those who submit an application after initial slots have filled will be placed on the waiting list.

Any remaining open spots will be offered in order of received applications beginning Fri 12 Mar. Applicants will be alerted by email. Waitlisted openings must be confirmed by payment. Responses not received within 24 hours will be offered in order to the next applicant on the waitlist.

There is the possibility of additional openings until 6:00 PM Tue 30 Mar (24 hours after Class 01) because of refunded withdrawals.



  • No prior climbing experience is required.
  • For students <18 years of age:
    • Students must be 15 years of age or older by the date of the first class.
    • Students under 18 years of age must enroll in the class with an enrolled parent or legal guardian.
    • Parent or guardian must attend all activities and classes that the teen attends.
  • General physical fitness that includes the ability to carry a pack of 25 lbs or more uphill through 1,000 feet of elevation gain 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 (at Snow field session or on an approved hike).
  • Essential personal gear: backpack, water-resistant boots, water bottle, rain shell, firestarter/matches, whistle, first aid kit, pocket knife/multi-tool, headlamp, sun protection, synthetic or wool clothing. Information and details to be provided during class.
    • We do not recommend making any gear purchases before BMC begins. Equipment can be borrowed. Instructors are more than willing to provide insight and advice about gear purchases.
  • All necessary technical gear is provided
  • Complete required readings
  • Active participation in all class and field sessions
  • Transportation to all sessions (carpooling coordination available)


Not being able to participate in some classes or sessions doesn't exclude one from participating in other components. Perfect attendance is not technically "required" since the class is a community service and does not provide a certification. However, there is an objective restriction that students must be "glacier ready" for the Glacier Day field session by demonstrating fitness and technical competence, which is done through demonstrated fitness and competence at Franklin Park and Snow Day field sessions, or on a case-by-case basis.


Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition, by the Mountaineers and Ronald C. Eng

A compass is also required (and part of your 10 essentials!). We strongly recommend an adjustable declination compass:


Mondays 6:00-8:30 P.M.
Mar 29; Apr 05, 12, 19, 26; May 03, 10
Zoom (link will be provided)



  • Sat Apr 10 - NAVIGATION
    • TBD/midday - drop-in only if necessary 
    • Uplands Cowiche Canyon, 8905 Scenic Dr, Yakima (46.6110, -120.6256)
  • Wed Apr 14 to Wed May 05 - ROCK SKILLS
    • At least one required
    • 5:30-8:00PM/dark - drop-in, but arrive as early as possible to have enough time
    • Wilridge Winery, 250 Ehler Rd, Yakima (46.6237, -120.6265)
  • Thu Apr 22 & 29  – SNOW & GLACIER SKILLS
    • At least one required
    • 5:30-8:00PM/dark - drop-in only if necessary 
    • Franklin Park (North end), ~2000 Chestnut Ave, Yakima (46.5961, -120.5353)
  • Sat May 08  – SNOW DAY
    • TBD ~8:00AM-1:00PM - no drop-in
    • White Pass Ski Resort, 48935 US-12, Naches (46.6383, -121.3902)
    • 6:00-8:30PM - drop-in only if necessary
    • Location TBD
  • Sat Jun 19 (could change depending on snow conditions) – GLACIER DAY
    • TBD ~8:00AM-3:00PM - no drop-in
    • Paradise, Mt. Rainier NP (46.7857, -121.73540)


Daniel Mick - BMC Coordinator

BMC 2021 Schedule

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