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].
Websites: www.mountaineers.org; www.kitsapmountaineers.org/climbing
Directions to Kitsap Cabin: http://kitsapmountaineers.org/index.php/directions