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Climbing Course

Alpine Ice

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

**COVID-19 vaccine required as we will be inside for some coursework.**

Prerequisites: Intermediate Rock Climbing module or equivalent.

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 15, 2024
Registration closes Aug 13
7 participants
2 instructors
Alpine Ice 1/2 Combo
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Aug 24, 2024 -
Sun, Aug 25, 2024
Registration closes Aug 22
7 participants
2 instructors
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 Coleman Seracs field trip.
  • V-thread tool 
  • 4-5' 7 mm nylon cord
  • 2-3 ice screws, including one 22 cm