Course Dates

Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Class 001-BC
January 30th - 31st Classroom portion
February 6th - 7th Outdoor skills overnight

Class 002-BC
February 13th -14th Classroom portion
February 20th -21st Outdoor skills overnight

Class 003-BC
April 2nd- 3rd Classroom portion
April 9th - 10th Outdoor skills overnight

Class 004-BC  ***New Course offering***
May 7th - 8th Classroom portion
May 14th - 15th Outdoor skills overnight

**Currently one additional course is planned for the summer calender.


Divided into three distinct sections the Basic Mountaineering section will progress participants to the basic level of rope team member on glaciated terrain.  This is accomplished through educational classes and a skill demonstration excursions covering basic skills.  Successful completion of this course will qualify the participant for inclusion in MWR Alpine Mountaineering grade II summit attempts.  The outdoor skills are conducted over a twenty four hour period at Mount Rainer’s Paradise area.  Elevation of 6000 feet on the shoulder of the massive Nisqually Glacier.  Physical performance of skills learned in the classroom in the alpine environment and a short hike across the Glacier for terrain hazard identification.  Lessons in snow camping and avalanche awareness.

Basic Rock Climbing Course

Class 001-BR
April 16th Classroom session
April 17th Indoor climbing gym session
April 23rd Outdoor climbing session

** Additional courses will be scheduled on the summer calendar. 


Whether you are new to rock climbing or want to graduate from an indoor gym to climbing outdoors. We provide all the equipment necessary and the opportunity to learn with professional instructors. No previous experience is required.  The MWR Rock program is designed for DoD ID card holders, their immediate family members and no more than 3 guests per card holder.  It will provide education and leader led trips for rock climbing. Divided into two distinct sections the Rock subdivision will progress participants to basic levels as a tope rope climber.  This is accomplished through educational classes and a skill demonstration excursions.  The intent is to enable participants to effectively and safely pursue rock climbing outside the program.  Successful completion of this course will qualify the participant for inclusion in MWR Alpine Club Rock climbs.  Basic Rock will teach you the fundamentals to begin confidently constructing, climbing and rappelling from simple outdoor top-rope anchor systems.  In addition to providing a fun day, our guides will provide expert instruction on your climbing movement, foot-work, and balance. They will also teach specific hand-grips for the variety of holds – from jugs to crimps – that you’ll encounter in vertical terrain. On this jam-packed day you’ll learn and practice belaying, and you’ll have the opportunity to rappel and learn about rope management. Conducted over one day at a local indoor rock climbing area and one day outdoors. The trip will cover skills to set up and run a tope rope basic climb up to thirty meters in height.  Techniques will cover face, crack, and sport style climbing.  We will spend the majority of our time building various anchors and testing rope systems for safety.  Participants will leave the course with the confidence to build their own simple safe top rope anchors.

Ski Mountaineering Course

Class 001-SM 
March 26th - 27th Outdoor learning session


Ski/board mountaineering courses are open to those individuals who have completed the basic mountaineering level of education or demonstrated equivalent skills.  This course prepares you to ascend on skis or splitboard up technical mountains in order to ski down big mountain slopes in remote regions.  For anyone wanting to continue their climbing career up larger peaks like Denali this course is a must.  Most remote peaks require travel on skis or boards across large distances of snow where boots or snowshows present extreme difficulty.  In this course we cover basic mountain rescue skills, roped travel, steep descent techniques, and sled towing.   

Ice Climbing Course 


Class 001-IC
**The Ice course will be scheduled during mid summer when access is easiest.  Please stay in touch as the summer calender approches.
 
Whether you are new to ice climbing or want to graduate from basic mountaineering to climbing more technical routes, this course is for you.  We provide all the equipment necessary and the opportunity to learn with professional instructors.  Experience with glacier travel and basic rescue techniques is required to attend or be a graduate of the MWR Basic Mountaineering course.  The MWR Alpine program is designed for DoD ID card holders, their immediate family members and no more than 3 guests per card holder.  It will provide education and leader led trips for ice climbing adventures. Divided into two distinct sections the ice climbing course will progress participants to basic levels as a second climber.  This is accomplished through educational classes and a skill demonstration excursions.  The intent is to enable participants to effectively and safely pursue ice climbing outside the program.  Successful completion of this course will qualify the participant for inclusion in MWR Alpine program grade III climbs.  Basic ice will teach you the fundamentals to begin confidently constructing, climbing and rappelling from simple outdoor ice climbs.


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