Alpine Ice Field Trip - Ice Climb

Field trip: Alpine Ice

Alpine Ice Field Trip - Ice Climb - Observation Rock/North Face

A one-day field trip where we complete a moderate angle alpine ice climb. This is a fairly long day with a hike thru Spray Park, the climb of Observation Rock, and return hike.

  • Intermediate Ice Climb
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

Mowich Lake parking lot at 0600 ready to depart. Some will choose to camp at the Mowich Lake TH or in their car, but the drive from Seattle or Bremerton is not overly long - 2:10 or so from Bremerton. 

We will execute all aspects of an alpine ice climb on moderate angle ice. This is a fairly long day, so bring your fitness!  (And your rain gear as the forecast has chance of rain/snow in it.) 


students will earn:

instructors will earn:


Observation Rock/North Face

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

10 Essentials

harness with locking and non-locking carabiners sufficient to make  2-screw anchors

helmet and standard climbing gear including belay device

ice tools (may be borrowed from the club - 3 sets available that we will bring to the trailhead)

10 ice screws with runners per team. 19 cm or longer preferred for this climb.

2 picktets with runners per person

v-thread tool and enough cord to construct a V-/A- thread anchor

Steel crampons/gaiters

There are water sources along the route. Recommend carrying 2 liters. Will bring a filter.

A bell or noise making device to provide notice of our presence to wildlife (bears) a nice add-in.


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