A Note Before Applying to the ICC
The snow and basic rock skills covered during the BCC should be second nature for an ICC student. They are reviewed briefly at the beginning of the ICC, but significant time will not be spent to teach basic skills. Climbing outside of the classes gives a recent BCC graduate the time and experiences necessary to ensure that these skills are truly mastered. This will allow your time in the ICC to be spent learning new skills rather than trying to review and learn skills that should already be mastered.
Knowing how to lead climb is not necessary for an ICC applicant. Basic experience with top rope rock climbing is extremely helpful. If your only experience with rock climbing systems and movement is through the BCC, it is suggested that you consider taking the Boealps Basic Rock Course (BRC) or classes at a local climbing gym prior to applying to the ICC. These are great ways to gain basic rock climbing skills as well such as learning how to lead belay and follow. Learning to lead and place protection is a very large undertaking for ICC students and takes full concentration; if a student is learning the basics of rock climbing at the same time, it is much more difficult to learn how to effectively lead traditional rock climbs.
This note is meant as a catalyst for self evaluation, not to discourage new BCC grads from applying to the ICC. It is important to be honest with yourself and your current skill set. Students will get much more out of this class if they can concentrate on learning new skills and pushing their climbing boundaries rather than reviewing skills they recently learned in the BCC.