The BMC 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 the BMC, you have to be a member of the Skagit Alpine Club, and therefore signing up for the course will automatically give you a one year membership.


The BMC 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 BMC 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 for the class will be announced shortly. 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 minimum requirements for registering for the BMC 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 course instructor: 


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

We look forward to your participation in the 2018 Basic Mountaineering Course!


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