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 Applications are Closed!  

Please check back in December for information about applying to the 2021 class!

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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