Boulder Mountaineering School (BMS)  Program

The Boulder Mountaineering School (BMS) is an introduction to the wide variety of skills important in the mountains: navigation, trip planning, basic rock climbing and rope work, basic and intermediate snow climbing, and survival essentials. The BMS program operates on the premise that many people who go into the mountains are not fully prepared to handle the situations in which they may find themselves. These situations may vary from a twisted ankle on a hike up Green Mountain, to navigating through a whiteout on James Peak, to doing an avalanche rescue on Mt. McKinley. The aim of the BMS program is to provide students with an introduction to the skills they will need as they continue to spend time in the mountains. These skills are introduced and practiced through lectures, field trips and additional rock and high peak climbs.

In addition to increasing their general level of preparedness for mountain activities, students who complete the course program will gain knowledge and practical experience in the use of technical equipment and protection systems designed to ensure safe passage of climbing teams over steep, hazardous mountain terrain. Remember, serious mountaineering requires additional skills, knowledge and experience beyond BMS.

BMS Certification Requirements:
A certain level of participation is required from each student who wishes to graduate from the BMS program.  The certification program only has significance within the CMC and may allow you to participate in CMC trips (such as D/E classified trips)  and  advanced courses (such as HAMS or AMS)  that require more advanced skills level.  The requirements are as follows:

Application for BMS Certification:
To apply for graduation from the Boulder Mountaineering School program, each student must submit the following application. The application includes names of the instructors of the 5 required Boulder Group courses, a list of the five climbs and the conservation activity in which the student participated with names of the trip leaders,  and a copy of the student's current First Aid and CPR cards. So, students, please update the application as you complete your requirements.  Graduation certificates are awarded each fall at the Boulder Group Annual Dinner.

For more information, contact the BMS Chair.