Glacier Climbing Course

Q: Who can participate?

A: The GCC is for members of a 12 step recovery program, their family and friends. In order to enroll in the course, you must be an OSAT club member. For more information on how to become an OSAT club member, please visit

Q: What skills will be taught?

A: During the six month course, students will learn about how to choose and use mountaineering equipment, maintain the safety of their team, navigation, ice axe self-arrest techniques, proper roped travel skills, crevasse rescue and snow camping.

Q: What is required?

A: The course requires participants to undertake a serious conditioning and training regimen. Seminars, field trips, and conditioners require 100 percent attendance in order to be eligible for graduation.

2021 GCC Updates

We sincerely hope everyone has been staying safe and sane though the holiday season. Over the last six months, a fantastic group of people have been working hard to explore every possible way to safely execute a basic climbing course in 2021. In September, we announced plans for a small group format course and set 'Phase 3 by January 9th' as our decision point to determine if we will be able to conduct a 2021 Glacier Climbing Course. 

Unfortunately, in the worsening coronavirus environment, we can confidently state that King County will NOT be in Phase 3 by January 9thAs a result, we will not be offering the OSAT Glacier Climbing Course in 2021

What does this mean for you?

2020 Students: You will be offered the opportunity to register early for the 2022 Glacier Climbing Course.  Keep an eye out in Summer/ Fall 2021 for more information and next steps.

Instructors: We will be offering continuing education for all instructors as Washington State and King County restrictions allow. Training will begin with virtual refreshers, shift to in-person technical skills when allowed, and may culminate with Leadership climbs. (Fingers crossed!) The first event will be held remotely on Monday, February 1st and will contain a refresher on knots used in the GCC and tips and tricks for maintaining skills.  (Participants must be GCC graduates.)

We understand that this is extremely disappointing news. If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please to not hesitate to reach out.

If you have questions about the future plans for OSAT's Glacier Climbing Course, please contact 2021 GCC Chair, Shawna Lamoree,

For general questions about registration contact 2021 GCC Registrar, Mia Fine,

 2021 Course Documents
2021 Instructor Documents
If you are a qualified instructor who is willing to make an extensive commitment to volunteer as a small group leader, please complete the GCC Instructor Survey. 


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