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).

2020 Student Application Information


Applications will be considered in the order received, but acceptance is based on your answers to the application questions and is not first-come-first-served. To increase your chances of being accepted, we recommend that you take enough time to answer each question thoughtfully.

As part of your application you will be asked to hike Mt Si with a 20 lb pack (see Fitness Evaluation link below for information about hiking Mt Si) and report your time to the BMC Chief Instructor. Record your hike using a fitness tracker app such as Strava or Movescount and send us screenshot of the completed workout dated between Nov 28, 2019 and Jan 31, 2020. Begin at the big sign near the restrooms and stop when you get to the end of the trees. Do not climb the haystack. If your time is in the neighborhood of 2 hours, you are about where you need to be for the beginning of class. If your time is much over two hours, we recommend you ramp up your workouts. Don’t worry, you still have time.  Send to


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Per Boeing Recreation Policy, all Boeing Persons must be members of the Boeing Alpine Society (BOEALPS) in order to take a class from BOEALPS. Boeing Persons are defined as Boeing Employees, Contractors, Retirees, and immediate family members of the aforementioned groups.
Non-Boeing Persons cannot be a member of BOEALPS, but are able to take classes.

Please read this information carefully!

  • Boeing Persons (read above), must sign up for a BOEALPS Membership prior to signing up for the Basic Mountaineering Class. Once you have signed up for a membership, proceed to the Boeing Persons Student Application (now open!). Applications for Boeing persons will close on Jan 31st.
  • Non-Boeing applications are now closed for the 2020 class.  Applications will open for the 2021 class in early January, 2021.
  • Applicants will be notified February 4th, 2020 of their enrollment status.
Cost: $425 for BOEALPS Members    
           $525 for Non-Members
Note: Refundable deposit of $100 must be made at the time of your application by Credit Card


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

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 as an instructor please fill out the instructor application.

Jan 29th, 2020- BOEALPS Instructor Kick-Off 

  • Social for all climbers interested in instructing any of the BOEALPS courses.
  • Where: Elliott Bay Public House
  • When: 6:30-10:00pm

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

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