SRC 1 Field Trip 1

Field trip: Self Rescue Course 1

SRC 1 Field Trip 1 - Mount Rainier Lower Nisqually Glacier

The Olympia Branch Self Rescue Course (SRC 1) is a module of Olympia Intermediate Climbing Course and covers rescue of follower on rock, small party rescue, glacier rescue. Glacier Rescue Field Trip

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  • Basic Glacier Climb, Intermediate Ice Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 3.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft


This is a seminar-based course, with the goal of facilitating practice and learning of Self-Rescue skills by providing scenarios for the participants to work through. We do NOT mandate a prescriptive method for resolving the scenarios; we prefer that participants execute scenarios in a method that works for them, but we do feature a ‘best practices’ method in our curriculum for reference.

This field trip will focus on Crevasse Rescue to include:
3 Person rope travel (alternatives), Drop Assist, Z Pulley
2 Person rope travel, Drop Assist, Z Pulley
Prusik up, Climbing out with Ice Axe, Anchoring in place, 
Rope Team Rescue; Direct Haul, Direct Assist, Low-Angle Evacuation
This field trip will be a very long day and on glacier. Please be prepare for a long day.


students will earn:

instructors will earn:


Mount Rainier Lower Nisqually Glacier

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Standard glacier travel equipment for leader.

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