Are you an experienced hiker and backpacker looking to climb some of the iconic mountains of the Pacific Northwest, like Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, or Mt. Hood? The Introduction to Alpine Climbing (IAC) class is great way to get the mountaineering skills needed to climb big snow covered peaks as a climbing team member, and get the basic skills for outdoor rocking climbing. This is a team-based class that strongly emphasizes experiential learning through its four field sessions. You will get a chance to learn and practice climbing skills in realistic terrain, and conditions. The field sessions provide practical exposure to rock and snow climbing skills, as well as team-based climbing skills, and has overall goals of developing your mountain-sense, decision-making skills, and teaching Leave No Trace principles. Some field sessions will include overnight camping, and may include an “alpine” (nighttime) start. Ultimately, you will learn the technical skills needed to climb snow-covered, glaciated, and rock peaks as a climb team member.
Mazama members pay reduced tuition, and receive priority acceptance into the IAC class, if the class has more applicants than it can accept. If you have already summited a glaciated peak and you would like to join the mazamas, go to mazamas.org/join.
NOTE: This is the inaugural year for the IAC class, and as a result it will be operated as a pilot program with a reduced number of class teams. This is so we can focus on providing a quality program for 2019, but also conscientiously gather participant feedback to help us refine the program for next year!
SPECIFIC CLASS OBJECTIVES
When you have completed the Introduction to Alpine Climbing class, you will be able to...
- Demonstrate proficiency with general mountaineering, and alpine camping skills.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Leave No Trace principles.
- Demonstrate foundation technical climbing skills for rock up to low 5th class (5.0 - 5.4).
- Demonstrate foundation technical climbing skills for moderately steep snow.
- Demonstrate fixed-line usage, and running-belay skills.
- Demonstrate competency with basic climbing knots.
- Demonstrate knowledge of preparing for a Mazama A or B climb