Unicorn, Foss, Boundary & Stevens Peaks

Trip

Basic Alpine Climb - Unicorn Peak/South Side

*** READ LEADER'S NOTES*** This activity opens 5/9/20 and all emails sent before this date will be deleted. Priority will be given to current students in the Olympia Basic Climbing Course until 5/23/20. This is a mentored trip for Jason Wilson. Please contact him directly for any questions.

Info
COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Basic Alpine Climb, Strenuous 1, Technical 1
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,972 ft

TBD VIA Email

COVID-19 Guidelines
In addition to normal risk management, we will follow these considerations while on this trip.

This trip will be canceled if the NOAA forecast shows any of these conditions as of 5/12/20 6:00pm; wet rock; temperatures below freezing or above 85; wind or gusts >20mph; lightning, hail.

We will travel from Thurston CO, through Pierce CO, and will be climbing in Lewis CO.  All of those counties are currently in Phase 2.  This trip will be canceled of any of those counties revert back to Phase 1 before this trip.

Individuals that fall under the higher risk category as defined by the CDC should refrain from this activity during Phase 2. CDC Reference

Individuals that must travel more than 125 miles should refrain from this activity during Phase 2.

Individuals that live in a county not approved for Phase 2 should refrain from this trip.

All participants are required to read, understand, and agree to follow The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct. The Mountaineers COVID-19 Code of Conduct

In addition to the equipment listed on the equipment page, all participants will be required to have a hands free cloth face covering that is easily accessible to wear at anytime social distancing cannot take place. This will be checked at the trailhead.

All participants should wear a cloth face covering for safety checks, which should be done at a distance of no less than 3’.  We will not be able to social distance when setting up the rappel so you will be required to wear a face covering during that time as well.

In addition to the equipment listed on the equipment page, all participants will be required to have and use hand sanitizer or biodegradable soap with extra water. This will be checked at the trailhead.

Individuals should only carpool with members of the same household. Individuals are expected to have all resources (fuel/food/water) obtained prior to the trip so stops while traveling are limited. Individuals should consider taking breaks while traveling only if required and at natural locations using Leave No Trace principals.

No sharing food/snacks with members outside of the same household.

If the trailhead for Snow Lakes is more than 75% full we will pick an alternate destination of The Castle for the Basic Alpine Climb.

REF: NEW GUIDANCE FOR REOPENING MOUNTAINEERS PROGRAMMING: PHASE 2

REF: The Mountaineers COVID-19 Response

REF: Guidance for Participants & Leaders in Mountaineers Activities - Phase 2

Parking Pass: National Park Pass

Trail Conditions: As of xx/xx/xx the trail is mostly snow covered

Weather: Expect rain and wind

NOAA Weather

Map: Green Trails Mt Rainier East 270, USGS Mount Rainier East

USGS Map Download for Mount Rainier East

Proposed Route GPX Download

Reference:

Summit Post

Route/Place

Unicorn, Foss, Boundary & Stevens Peaks


Roster
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

EVERYONE

  • Cloth face covering that is easily accessible and can be worn hands free
  • Hand sanitizer or biodegradable soap with extra water
  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • Microspikes (Recommended)
  • Snowshoes (Will decide the day of if we will carry them)
  • Ice axe 
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Nut tool
  • Belay gloves
  • Personal anchor
  • Belay device
  • 1 large pear locker carabiners
  • locker carabiners
  • 4 non locker  carabiners
  • 1 x double runner (8 foot of 1 inch tubular nylon webbing)
  • 2 x single runner (4 foot of 1 inch tubular nylon webbing)
  • Rock shoes (optional)

LEADERS

  • 2 x rappel rings
  • 1 x trad rack
  • 6 x single alpine draws
  • 2 x double alpine draws
  • 2 x anchor material
  • 2 x Rescue pulley
  • 1 x 60 m rope
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