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).



Course Information


Orientation / First Lecture

                 7755 E Marginal Way S, Seattle

  • Note: Required for all students

Fitness Evaluation

  • Date: February 15th, 2020 at 7 AM
  • 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 7th thru June 7th
  • No Outings on Easter, Mother’s Day, or Memorial Day Weekends
  • Two Weekends will be overnight, both Saturday & Sunday
  • Location: All around western Washington



2020 Student Application Information


Information Session (optional)

  • Date: January 8th, 2020 at 7:00 PM
  • Location: Boeing 2-22 Building
    • 7755 E Marginal Way S, Seattle
    • (Gates will be unlocked to give access to non-Boeing people) 
  • Learn more about BMC and get your questions answered.

Applications Due

  • Date: January 13th, 2020
  • The application process is changing this year. Check back here in December for new instructions and to preview application questions.



Instructor Information

Instructor Application available soon


Jan 22nd, 2020- BOEALPS Instructor Kick-Off 

  • Social for all climbers interested in instructing any of the BOEALPS courses. Location and time TBD

Feb 5th, 2020- Instructor Orientation for new instructors

  • Required for all new BMC instructors
  • Bring harness, gear, and compass for a skills evaluation similar to the class final practical exam

Feb 19th, 2020- Instructor Training for all instructors

  • Required for ALL BMC instructors
  • Bring harness and gear





Questions / Comments

Contact Us for any questions.

BMC Feedback Tool