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Date Monday  3/20/2017
Group Denver
Event Title Basic Mountaineering Session B
Start Time 6:00 PM
End Time 9:00 PM
Status Approved
Leader Bill Haneghan
Group Price $375.00
NonGroup Price $425.00
Leader Price $325.00
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Members Only (Programs/Education)


Lectures at the AMC
Field Days TBD

For more info Contact

Bill Haneghan



There are no prerequisites to start Basic Mountaineering. But you will need the C Hiker classification before you can do the Snow grad climb and the High Peak grad climb. The High Peak grad climb is a D Trip.

That being said, you really need to be in C shape for many of the classes. You will be carrying far more gear and weight than you are probably accustomed to. And you might be working at higher elevations than you are accustomed to.

This is the traditional offering of Basic Mountaineering. That is, you commit to a block of dates and work with the same students throughout the course (although you might have different instructors from class to class). If these dates do not work for you, the modular system is the alternative; look for each of the individual classes in the CMC Calendar.

You must commit to ALL of the following dates plus two dates TBD. Repeat: you must commit to all dates plus be open for the Snow climb and High Peak climb. Note that the Snow climb and High Peak climb are TBD; keep your calendar open. If you miss one or more of these dates, you might not be able to continue if your absence raises a safety issue. And you will be unable to complete Basic Mountaineering this year. In addition, please keep your calendar open in case we need to reschedule due to weather.

Nav 1 Lectures: March 20 and 22, 6:00-9:00PM
Nav 1 Field Day: March 26, all day starting at no later than 6:00AM
Nav 2 Lecture: April 4, 6:00-9:00PM
Nav 2 Field Day: April 9, all day starting at no later than 6:00AM
Basic Climbing Lectures: April 24 and May 1, 6:00-9:00PM
Basic Snow Lecture: April 26, 6:00-9:00PM
Basic Snow Field Day: April 30, all day starting at no later than 6:00AM
Technical Snow Lecture: May 8, 6:00-9:00PM
Technical Snow Field Day: May 13, all day starting at no later than 6:00AM
Technical Snow Grad Climb: TBD, keep your calendar open
Intermediate Rock Lecture: May 24, 6:00-9:00PM
Intermediate Rock Field Days: June 3 and 4, all day starting at no later than 6:00AM
High Peak Grad Climb: overnighter TBD; keep your calendar open

Basic Mountaineering provides you with the skills needed to participate safely on non-glaciated CMC mountaineering climbs within Colorado in all weather conditions. These skills include navigation and route finding, planning and organizing climbs, rock climbing skills for following on fourth and fifth class routes, and snow climbing skills up to and including roped climbing with crampons.

The goal of the curriculum is to graduate only members who can safely and competently participate in club mountaineering activities. As a result, Basic Mountaineering is a physically and psychologically demanding school for CMC members who are interested in high peak climbing or rock climbing. It teaches the knowledge and skills they need to pursue these sports safely and sensibly and it gives them an appreciation of their strengths and limitations with an understanding and respect for the mountain environment. These objectives are achieved through a time-intensive schedule of lectures and field trips. Significant personal effort (reading, trip planning, knot practice etc.) outside of class is also required.

Successful completion of Denver Basic Mountaineering (or its equivalent) is a requirement for a Denver Group D hiking classification, for admission to the High Altitude Mountaineering School (HAMS) and is recommended for Trad Lead Climbing School (TLCS).

We don't require purchase of technical gear. We do recommend that you have a stiff-soled, water-proof mountaineering boot. A hiking boot, even a burly boot, will not have a stiff e


Note that classes sometimes show "Sessions"; Basic Rock Session A, for example. Sessions are simply alternate dates of the same class. In other words, you may choose Session A or Session B, depending on which dates work best for you. You do not have to complete both Session A and Session B.

Cancellation Policy:

Classes must have minimum four students signed up and requisite number of instructors. If either number is too low class may be cancelled,

Refund Policy:

Student/Participant requests for refunds of tuition/fees must be requested in writing (e-mail) to the appropriate school or event director. Requests made prior to 30 days before the beginning of the school/event will be processed less a $10 handling fee. Requests made within 30 days of the school/event will be refunded at 50% of the amount paid. No refunds will be made after the beginning of the school/event. However, a refund less $10 can be obtained if a person is found to take the original student’s place in a school.

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.