Time Commitment

The Mountaineering School kicks off mid October and finishes with a post-graduation trip in mid March

There are 8 classes, 16 stair challenges, 7 outings, 3 off-week hikes, and 1 post-graduation trip. The schedule follows a one "week on", one "week off" approach, with a break for the holidays.

On the "week on"

  • 1 Stair Challenge to be done during the week at the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning
  • 1 Class held on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-10:00pm in a local (Pittsburgh) classroom
  • 1 day-long/weekend-long outing at various nearby locations
    • There are 2 day-long outings scheduled for Saturdays, lasting the entire day
    • There are 5 weekend-long outings (i.e. Saturday through Sunday), typically entailing driving Friday evening, camping Friday & Saturday nights and then home by Sunday evening
  • Students are required to attend every class, outing and stair challenge

On the "week off"

  • 1 Stair Challenge to be done during the week at the University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning
  • Attendance at any or both of the first and the third of the scheduled off-week hikes. The second hike is mandatory.