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Basic Mountaineering starts January 4

The Kitsap Branch of the Mountaineers will begin its Basic Mountaineering Course on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Applications are now being accepted for this five-month course. Students are prepared to climb on rock, snow, ice, and glaciers. There are no prerequisites for this program, but a strong commitment to a high degree of physical fitness and the time it takes is required. The course fee is $300. Membership in the Mountaineers club is $73 plus a one-time initiation fee of $35. Course participants provide their own equipment.

An advanced course is also available for experienced climbers and mountaineers.

The Basic Mountaineering Course consists of evening and weekend classroom sessions followed by field sessions. The course runs from January 4, 2014 to June 1, 2014. There are one to two classes per month.

Students of the courses can sign up for climbs of The Brothers, Mt Constance, Mt Olympus, Mt Baker, and Mt Rainier, and many other Pacific Northwest mountains.

The Kitsap Mountaineers is associated with the outdoors club, The Mountaineers. The main office is in Seattle with satellite branches located in Bremerton, Olympia, Tacoma, Everett, Issaquah, and Bellingham. The Mountaineers is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization . Our mission is to enrich the community by helping people explore, conserve, learn about and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest.

To sign up for either course, contact Mike Raymond, climbing division chairperson of the Kitsap Branch of the Mountaineers. Phone:[masked]-2111. Email: [masked].

Directions to Kitsap Cabin:

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  • Dionne

    The ferries alk messed up because of parade today. I'm going to be late to class tonight.

    February 5, 2014

  • Randall

    Good day all,
    Not sure if I can use this for ride info-but here goes. I did not think I could make the 2/5 meeting as I have been in California for three weeks moving my mother into a retirement home. We wrapped things up a little early and I am flying into Seattle on Wednesday. Long story short- anyone taking the 4:20 Seattle-Bremerton boat? Could use a lift from Bremerton to the cabin.

    February 3, 2014

    • Jerry L

      Randall I can pick you up at the ferry terminal. Will be driving a blue Passat wagon. Cell:[masked]-0648. Jerry Logan

      February 5, 2014

    • Jerry L

      Will be by the Starbucks at 5:30.

      February 5, 2014

  • Dan P

    Can someone confirm the start time for tonight's classroom session? Handout says 6pm, but online calendar says 7pm. Thanks!

    February 5, 2014

  • Phil C

    Excellent weather and group!

    January 8, 2014

  • Mike R.

    Great cooperation and energy! Good group of students!

    2 · January 4, 2014

  • Jerry L

    Does anyone have a recommendation for the climbing helmet required? I have no experience with them and am looking for some advice. Thanks in advance...

    January 2, 2014

    • Phil C

      Hey Jerry, I'll bring mine tomorrow, and you can look at it. It was the cheapest I could find.

      We'll be talking about gear at length tomorrow.

      January 3, 2014

    • Greg W.

      Personally I use a helmet with a construction hardhat style of suspension system. I believe the theory is that the plastic breaking absorps the energy of an impact. When I see the bike helmet style, it looks to me like the styrofoam would just transmit an impact to the skull. I would replace it periodically (plastic gets brittle with age). Also, I'd recommend writing your name on the front, for quick identification in case of accident. Greg W.

      January 3, 2014

  • David S.

    I found this meet up a bit late, currently in Hawaii.. working on my Underwater Mountaineering skills... and won't be back in time to make the basic classes.

    December 31, 2013

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