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Climb School for 2018 is Full!

Climb School 2018

Learn the fundamentals of rock and alpine climbing with the Chemeketans! Join us each spring for two evening sessions and one full weekend of training and skill-building. The 2018 Climb School classroom sessions will be held on the evenings of April 11th and April 18th, and the full weekend field sessions will be held April 21st and 22nd. See below for details!

About Climb School

Climb School is a great introduction to basic mountaineering and rock climbing skills. A successful completion of Climb School offers the opportunity to join club climbs year after year, as well as more advanced training. To register, see the Registration section at the end of the page.

The Chemeketans have offered climb school for decades and, though we are not a guide service, our leadership and members have many years of climbing and outdoor experience. We pride ourselves on promoting mountaineering safety and sharing our knowledge about climbing with all involved with the program. All leaders and assistants are volunteers who are passionate about climbing.


Climb School introduces students to the basic rock and snow skills necessary to participate safely on club climbs, as well as the physical and mental requirements for being a safe and proficient climber.

Though no previous climbing experience is necessary, be aware that climbing is STRENUOUS and participants should be in good physical condition.

Climb School classes are currently limited to 45 students to allow for high rates of individual focus from helpers and leaders. Climb School students must be at least 16 years old by April 21, 2018. Each Climb School student under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult--parent or guardian--who is a paid Climb School participant and must stay with the younger participant throughout the field and classroom sessions.

Course Outline

Climb School offers both classroom and field sessions. Through lecture as well as hands on breakout sessions, the classroom activities focus on presentations of climbing gear, risk elements, fitness and nutrition, knot practice, SNACKS!!, communication and ratings, field session logistics, as well as who we are and how to climb more with us. The field sessions introduce students to basic skills such as belaying, rappelling, self-arrest with an ice axe, moving safely on exposed rock, and roped team travel in a safe, skilled and supportive environment.

Check out the Climb School Handbook

Classroom Sessions are scheduled for April 11th and 18th, at Pringle Community Hall. Students must attend both classroom sessions to complete the course. Ascent

Field Sessions are scheduled for the weekend of April 21 and 22, 2018. These two days are devoted to rock climbing practice at Horsethief Butte on Saturday and snow skills near Timberline at Mt. Hood on Sunday. Horsethief Butte is on the Washington side of the Columbia River across from The Dalles, Oregon. We'll be camping Saturday night at Horsethief Lake campground near Horsethief Butte and eating as a group at Spooky's Pizza in The Dalles. Climb School fees include camping at Horsethief Lake Park and the Saturday night dinner at Spooky's. Students are responsible for their own breakfast and lunch both field session days, as well as transportation and parking. Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Climb School Participation for 2018

After enrolling online, please mail your tuition fees to the address shown below. Upon receipt of payment you will be moved to the "paid" category of the online roster. Until the club has received your tuition, you are not officially in Climb School and will not be assigned to the field session pod rosters.

Climb School has a maximum enrollment of 45 students. Once 45 enrollees have paid, all other individuals who have signed up and have paid will be placed on the Waiting List. If a student drops, individuals on the Waiting List will be given preference in the order that payment was submitted. If an opening occurs, Waiting List students will be contacted by the Climb School Coordinator. Please be prompt in your payment to ensure your spot.

You may cancel your enrollment at any time after payment but there will be a non-refundable $25 cancellation fee.


$175 for current Chemeketan Members.

$195 for Non-Members (the higher fee includes a one-year membership with the Club, with membership granted upon completion of Climb School.)

Make your check payable to
"Chemeketans" and mail to:
Chemeketan Climb School
c/o Dmitry Zaichenko
4483 Oregon Trail Ct
Salem, OR 97305

These registration fees cover attendance at classroom and field sessions, a handbook, prusik cords to be used during Climb School, and the costs of camping and a buffet dinner during the weekend field session. In addition to course fees, students will be expected to pay for parking during the weekend field session, and acquire (purchase, rent, or borrow) the appropriate equipment and gear to safely participate.

Required Equipment and Gear

For Second Classroom SessionFor Weekend Field Sessions
  • An approved climbing harness
  • Belay device
  • 5 carabiners (3 locking, 2 non-locking)
  • Prusik cords (provided at first classroom session)
  • Practice rope (provided during 1st classroom session; must be returned at end of 2nd classroom session)
  • Warm, waterproof jacket
  • Pack
  • Warm, non-cotton layers (socks, rain gear, jacket, wicking under-layers, gloves, hat, gaiters, etc)
  • Waterproof hiking boots (warm enough for a day in the snow)
  • Helmet
  • Ice Axe
  • An approved climbing harness
  • Belay device
  • 5 carabiners (3 locking, 2 non-locking)
  • Prusik cords (3 provided in class)

A helmet and ice axe may be rented from local outdoor stores for about $20-40 for the weekend or borrowed. An approved climbing harness may purchased for $30-$100, or borrowed from a trustworthy source. The club itself does NOT rent gear. We will be providing some guidance on appropriate gear and recommend waiting until after the first class before making any purchases.


Registration for Climb School begins on December 15th. Register by clicking the Sign Up button, below. Club members, enter your email address (assuming it is on file) in Section A. Click the Find Membership button to bring up the prompt to click Enroll. Non-members, enter the information requested in Section B, then click Enroll. You will then be placed on the roster.

Your place in Climb School is not ensured until we have received your payment. You will be placed on the Waiting List until we receive your payment.

While the lecture portion of the classroom sessions are offered en masse, the remainder of the instruction and practice will occur in smaller groups of 6 to 8 students. If you wish to be in a group with another student, please let the climb coordinator know and we will make every effort to place you together. Current roster, status, and field session assignments are available by clicking the buttons below.

If you have any specific questions about Climb School, please contact
Billy Bob Davis at

Revised 9 March 2018