Basic Mountaineering Class (BMC)

(Formerly Basic Climbing Class – BCC)

The BOEALPS Basic Mountaineering Class (BMC) is a great opportunity to learn the skills that are necessary for basic competence in alpine travel. This course covers at an introductory level everything from proper clothing and route finding to crevasse rescue and glacier travel. If you are new to the outdoors or have outdoor experience but lack the training to go with it, then this course is a must for you!

Class sessions are held on Wednesday evenings, with one-day weekend outings (either Saturday or Sunday) from mid February through June. Note that two full weekend overnight outings are also scheduled during the class (snow camping and graduation climb).

2021 COVID Update

Last updated: 12/12/2020

BOEALPS has currently paused in-person activities and classes and will periodically reevaluate based on CDC and health department guidance and local infection rates.

If we determine that it is safe to offer BMC in 2021, the course will have some modifications from its normal form. It will be necessary to keep class as small as possible and for that reason no new students will be accepted. Class, if we are able to offer it, will only be open to students from the 2020 BMC who were not able to complete the course due to the spring COVID lockdowns.

2021 Student Application Info  

We will not be accepting new students for the 2021 BMC.

Information about applying to the 2022 BMC will be available in this space beginning in December 2021.

Course Information

Orientation / First Lecture

7755 E Marginal Way S, Seattle

  • Note: Required for all students

Fitness Evaluation

  • Date: N/A
  • Note: Required for all students and instructors
  • Hike Mt. Si round trip with 20 lb pack
  • BMC Fitness Eval


7755 E Marginal Way S, Seattle


  • When: Saturdays and/or Sundays March thru June
  • No Outings on Easter, Mother’s Day, or Memorial Day Weekends
  • Two Weekends will be overnight, both Saturday & Sunday
  • Location: All around western Washington

Instructor Information


For those who have the experience and the training to go with it the BOEALPS Basic Mountaineering Class is a fun class to help instruct. If you are interested in participating in this class and want to be added to the instructor email list, please email


Questions / Comments

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