Cougar Mountain Crag


Intermediate Alpine Climb - Cougar Mountain Crag

It is time to get out your ice tools and start practicing for this winter.  Dry tooling and piton craft are an integral part of ice climbing in the Cascades.  Join us for some practice at the Issaquah/Cougar Mt Crag.

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  • Sun, Nov 24, 2019
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Intermediate Alpine
  • Adults
  • Intermediate Rock Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 0.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

8:00am at the Issaquah Transit Center (the big cement parking structure across from Tibbitts field in Issaquah) and car pool to the crag (there is limited parking at the crag).

1050 17th Ave NW.

Issaquah, WA 98027



Ice is forming in the mountains, Alpine routes are opening up and many of these routes include a few moves on rock so basic dry tooling and piton craft are important skill to have.  

Join us to learn and practice these skills.  There are top rope options on  M3, M4, & M4+ routes.  We will also spend some time  working on mixed protection in our Ground School. 

Gear: Folks will need ice climbing gear including two ice tools & steel crampons (no aluminum).  Dry tooling is dangerous so please make sure to have all your safety protection (helmet, eye protection, & tool tethers or leashes).  More details below in the gear section.

Ground School: We will also cover  mixed protection,  talking about/demonstrate/practice setting and removing nuts and piton protection from the ground.   We will also talk about using other protection including cams  and pickets on mixed routes.

We will set up multiple top ropes at the crag to climb on and will have  knowledgable instructors there to teach and provide constructive feedback.


Cougar Mountain Crag

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons (steel - dual or mono front points)
  • Two technical ice tools
  • Tethers or Leashes
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • Rope (if there is space we will set up multiple ropes across the wall)
  • Anchor Materials
    • Cordellete
    • 6 straight gate carabiners
    • 2 locking carabiners
    • Large pear-shaped locking carabiner
    • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Ice Clippers/Caritool
  • Helmet
  • Eye Protection
  • Chock pick (nut tool)
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Protection
    • Nuts
    • Pitons (if you have them)
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