Glacier Travel Course
04/26/12 - 09/30/12
Mark Scheffer (Qualified Youth Leader)
See course Handout
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Students in this course need to be in good physical condition at the time of enrolment. Glacier climbs are strenuous trips, have significantly more elevation gain, and at higher elevations, than a rock climb, and with packs normally between 40-50 lbs in weight. This is a relatively short course that will condense all the skills you need to safely go on glacier climbs. Students will be on overnight trips in the mountains less than 30 days after the first lecture. As such Leaders permission is required to ensure that students signing up are in shape for the physical demands of an accelerated climbing course like this.
Below is the lecture and field trip schedule for the course. Unfortunately there are NO MAKEUP field trips or lectures and ALL are required to pass the course. Students signing up need to ensure that their schedules can accommodate the lecture and field trip schedule.
- April 26 - Lecture - course overview, gear lecture, and gear demo
- May 19-20 - snow overnight field trip - Snoqualmie or Stevens Pass (weather and ski resort schedule dependent)
- May 24 - Lecture - prussic practice, and knots practice
- June 2 - Snow field trip
- June 13 - Z-Pulley field trip
In addition to the lectures and field trips students will be required to complete one glacier summit offered in the course to graduate.
Please do not purchase gear prior to the first lecture. If you need to purchase gear before the lecture, contact the course leaders to ensure what you plan to purchase will work for the course.
In addition to overnight gear, students will need a climbing harness, prussic, ice ax, head lamp, runners, carabiners, etc.. So depending on what you already have, students can expect to spend up to several hundred dollars on personal climbing gear as part of the materials you will need for the course.