Ever wanted to climb one of the Cascade Range's majestic peaks? Yakima Valley Community College will offer a class to teach you the required skills.

YVCC is planning a basic mountaineering course during spring quarter 2015 for outdoor enthusiasts.

The course runs from April 13 to June 27 and includes six evening classes on campus (April 13-May 18). The rest of the course will be taught on site: outdoors.

This course will cover basic equipment, risk and hazard evaluation, physiological needs of climbers, basic rock climbing through easy fifth class, how to set up a top rope system, safe methods of snow and glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques. This class is offered as a self-support, community-service, noncredit course.

There are some prerequisites. The minimum age is 18 and participants must be able to carry a pack with overnight gear three miles uphill over uneven rocky and snowy terrain, supply personal gear such as pack and appropriate clothing, transportation to field sessions, read from a text, participate in class and field sessions, and be able to complete a possible overnight trip.

The cost is $15, payable to YVCC at registration. A donation of $175 to Central Washington Mountain Rescue is also suggested, payable first evening of class.

Registration is between March 23-27.

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