TCS Alpine Climbing School  TEAM TRACK - CMC State - 2023

Mountaineering & Climbing Course

TCS Alpine Climbing School TEAM TRACK

Within the Technical Climbing School, you can take 6 of our classes to earn a certificate in Alpine Climbing. Think of the Alpine Climbing School (ACS) as an academic/vocational degree within the Technical Climbing School.

An application is required to be accepted into Alpine Climbing School. Fill out application here.

School prerequisites are:

  • Proven backcountry experience
  • High level of fitness (ability to hike more than 10 miles and 3500' of gain)
  • Basic Rock or Waiver
  • Navigation 1

Missing badges? Submit a request form for missing badges here.

The Alpine Climbing School includes the following courses:

  • Navigation Level 2
  • Intermediate Rock Climbing
  • Basic Anchors
  • Climbing Self Rescue 
  • Intermediate Snow
  • Advanced Snow

In addition to the classes above, you will also complete the following trips:

  • High peak ridge climb
  • Couloir climb
  • High peak overnight grad climb

You have two options when it comes to ACS

  • Modular Track: you simply look at the CMC calendar and select the class sessions that fit your schedule (e.g. Basic Climbing, Intermediate Snow, etc.).  Registration for 2023 Winter Modular Track classes is now open!  See individual classes for registration information.

  • Team Track: allows you to work with the same small group of classmates and instructors throughout all the Alpine Climbing classes. The traditional format is slightly less expensive, but the dates are more rigid. In the CMC calendar, filter for classes and look for Alpine Climbing School.  There are three sessions of Team Track offered each year which runs March - June. When you click on the class, the Event Details will give you all the dates for that session.  

TCS Alpine Climbing School (ACS) - Session A
TCS Alpine Climbing School (ACS) - Session A (Women+)
TCS Alpine Climbing School (ACS) - Session B
TCS Alpine Climbing School (ACS) - Session C
TCS Alpine Climbing School (ACS) - Session D

Class Location Session A Session B Session C Session D
Orientation / Risk Management Lecture CMC, Golden Mar-1 Mar-1 Mar-1 Mar-1
Nav 2 Lecture /Trip Planning / Caltopo Lecture Virtual Mar-15 Mar-15 Mar-15 Mar-15
Nav 2 Field Day Decker's Area Mar-18 Mar-19 Mar-18 Mar-19
Int Snow Lecture / Winter Backcountry Travel / Mountain Weather Virtual Mar-29 Mar-29 Mar-29 Mar-29
Int Snow Field St. Mary's Glacier Apr-1 Apr-2 Apr-8 Apr-16
Int Rock/Rescue 1/Anchors Lecture 1 CMC, Golden Apr-17 Apr-24 Apr-18 Apr-25
Int Rock/Rescue 1/Anchors Lecture 2 CMC, Golden Apr-19 Apr-26 Apr-20 Apr-27
Int Rock/Anchors/Rescue Field Day 1 (A & B) Castlewood Canyon Apr-22 Apr-29
Int Rock/Anchors/Rescue Field Day 1 (C & D) Boulder Canyon Apr-22 Apr-29
Int Rock/Anchors/Rescue Field Day 2 (A & B) Castlewood Canyon Apr-23 Apr-30
Int Rock/Anchors/Rescue Field Day 2 (C & D) Boulder Canyon Apr-23 Apr-30
Adv Snow Lecture Virtual May-3 May-3 May-3 May-3
Adv Snow Field Day Winter Park May-6 May-6 May-6 May-6


Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

See recommended equipment under the Course Materials tab.

Course Materials

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