CLIMBING COURSE: Orientation spells out class content, demands

Staff reportJanuary 26, 2014 

The Tacoma Mountaineers will hold an information night on its basic climbing course.

At the orientation Thursday, instructors will cover what skills are taught, the course requirements and equipment needed. No previous climbing experience is required.

The information night will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center, 2302 N. 30th St., Tacoma.

The Tacoma branch’s basic rock and glacier climbing course will start Feb. 12.

It is a one- or two-year course consisting of class instruction, field instruction and climbing experience designed to provide the basic skills necessary to safely climb rock, snow and the glaciated peaks of the Northwest, said Jim Gawel, climbing program chairman for the local branch.

The class sessions will cover selection and care of equipment, wilderness travel, roped and glacier travel, belaying, rappelling, rock climbing, crevasse rescue and many other topics.

During field trips and actual climbs, students will put these skills to practical use with experienced mountaineers.

Registration will close Feb. 6. The course fee is $475; club membership is required.

Membership and course registration are available through The Mountaineers website at and by calling member services at 206-521-6001.

More information about the course is online at

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