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Climbing Course

Alpine Ice

Introduction to alpine ice climbing. Learn the skills necessary to lead on 45-60 degree alpine ice routes.

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Prerequisites: Intermediate Rock Climbing module or equivalent, and Intermediate Glacier Travel course.

This module teaches the skills necessary to swing leads on an alpine ice routes typical for the Cascades. This includes:

  • Crampon techniques for ascending and descending on ice
  • Placing ice screws
  • Building v-threads
  • Building anchors on ice
  • Swinging leads on 45-60 degree glacial ice

The module consists of one evening lecture, a two day FT and a one day FT to the seracs on Mount Baker.

Applicants must have completed the Intermediate Glacier module, and the rock climbing module or an equivalent course or have equivalent experience.


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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Alpine Ice Lecture
Mountaineers Kitsap Program Center
Thu, Aug 12, 2021
Registration closes Aug 10
10 participants
Alpine Ice FT 1
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Aug 14, 2021
Registration closes Aug 12
9 participants
1 instructor
Alpine Ice FT2
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Registration closes Aug 13
9 participants
1 instructor
Alpine Ice Field Trip 3
Observation Rock/North Face
Sat, Sep 25, 2021
Registration closes Sep 2
11 participants
Required Equipment
  • Everything needed for an alpine rock climb (minus the rock protection), plus
  • Sharp 12 point steel crampons (no aluminum)
  • Conventional ice axe
  • Ice tool(s) (optional) We will have a variety for you to try at the first field trip.
  • V-thread tool 
  • 4-5' 7 mm nylon cord
  • 2-4 ice screws, including one 22 cm
Course Materials