Basic Glacier Climbing Course
Want to learn some basic climbing skills? Looking to have fun in the mountains and make new friends?
Photo © Seth Pollack
Announcing the Basic Glacier Climbing Course.
This course will provide the instruction of glacier travel skills
that you will need to climb the big volcanoes of the Cascades. The
course will also introduce you to a fun and friendly climbing community. If
you are a hiker, backpacker or gym climber dreaming of new heights, the
Bushwhacker Glacier Course is a great start!
The course consists of Tuesday evening lectures, plus four field trips - see schedule below.
Photo © Seth Pollack
There are two sections, each section composed of six students, assistants and one instructor. Each section
has its own outings, but both sections share the evening lectures. The lectures are from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Location is TBD.
The first outing is a day outing in the mountains. The second field trip is a full-day
outing. The third field trip is an overnighter. The fourth field trip
is four days and three nights in the mountains. The four-day field trip
features a summit climb attempt of Mt Baker. All field trips require
full days of activity.
Applicants should have some basic hiking and backpacking experience. The outings will be strenuous with long days and applicants should be in good physical condition.
Students will need the following equipment to participate in this course. We will talk a great deal about specific gear in the lectures - we advise course participants to hold off on new gear purchases until after the classroom discussions. Some gear can be rented, as well:
- Mountaineering boots
- Ice axe
- Climbing harness
- Climbing helmet
- Compass (simple base plate compass preferred)
- Suitable outdoor clothing
- Overnight camping equipment & backpack (the club provide stoves & tents)
Application and Registration
Applications for our glacier course are accepted in February. Applicants that are selected will register in the first week of March. Applicants not selected will be placed on a wait list. There is a wait list every year.
The course costs $375. In addition, club membership is required, which costs $35. Students provide their personal gear, clothing, food, and transportation. The club provides group gear such as tents and ropes.
The application window is now open! Please download the course application using the link at the bottom of the page. Applications will be accepted through February 28th, 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent out in March.
2019 Course Schedule
The Basic Glacier Course includes Tuesday night lectures throughout May and June. Outings are every other weekend in May and June. The course pretty much follows this routine every year. We always deliberately avoid the Memorial Day weekend.
Here is the 2019 schedule.
|Introduction, Physical Conditioning
||Field Outing I (Team 1), Team Building
||Field Outing I (Team 2), Team Building
||Navigation with Map & Compass
||Field Outing II (Team 1), Snow Travel Skills
||Field Outing II (Team 2), Snow Travel Skills
||Roped Travel & Gear III
|June 1-June 2 (Team 1 & 2)
||Field Outing III, Roped Travel Skills, overnight
||Hazard Recognition & Avoidance, Glaciology
||Prusik Practice, Team 1 Pack Check
||Field Outing IV, Glacier Travel Skills (Team 1)
||Team 2 Pack Check
||Field Outing IV, Glacier Travel Skills (Team 2)
|Course Completion Graduation Night