Welcome to Skagit Alpine Club

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC).


 Due to COVID-19, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 BMC. Please continue to support the club where you are able. If you not re-upped on your dues this is a great time to do so. We are looking at the possibility of a few summer clinics and will update the website with any further relevant information. Thanks for your support in these trying times. If you have any questions please contact us. Stay safe and healthy. 

The Basic Mountaineering Course is offered by the Skagit Alpine Club to introduce people to the mountains and teach the basics of climbing in the alpine environment. The entire course is run by volunteer members of the club. To take this course, you must be a member of the Skagit Alpine Club, and therefore signing up for the course will automatically give you a one-year membership.

This course is designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of climbing in the alpine environment and provide you with the skills necessary to safely travel and camp on snow and glaciers. The course not only introduces the fundamentals of climbing, but also provides an environment and opportunity for team building, trip planning, and building trust with climbing partners.

The course is designed to introduce skills, provide a safe environment for practice, and gradually increase fitness levels to climb mountains. Successfully completing the Basic Mountaineering Course can also establish a stepping stone to pursue or further other mountain-related activities and recreation.

The course consists of several weeks of classroom sessions and field outings. Classroom sessions will be on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The location of the classes is typically within Burlington. Exact location(s) will be shared with registered participants. The classroom sessions are accompanied by weekend outings to practice skills. Destinations for weekend outings are not predetermined and will be based on weather, road, and other conditions. The tentative schedule for this year’s course is provided below. The course is set to begin April 8th with the last outing being June 6-7th.

The minimum requirements for registering for the Basic Mountaineering Course are:

· Must 18 years and older

· In good physical conditioning

· Available to attend all the classes and outings

To sign up for the course, go to the REGISTRATION PAGE. Options for the registration fee are provided once the registration form is submitted.

For more information, email the club: skagitalpineclub@gmail.com

The cost of the course is $500. 

Required Equipment

Mountaineering requires specialized climbing gear, camping equipment, and clothing. View a complete list of all required gear here: BMC Gear List

The course will follow the text book: Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 8th Edition there will be weekly reading assignments. Please have a copy of the book before the first classroom session.

Important Dates Prior to Course:

  • Wednesday, February 26th at 7 pm: Basic Mountaineering Course Open House!

    • Come ask any questions that you have about the course before signing up.

    • Location: Burlington Multipurpose room in the Senior Center.

  • Full Schedule Here