Snow Skills

Field trip: Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

Snow Skills - Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

Snow Field Trip for Scramble Course Pod J

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  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

Place Snoqualmie Summit West Parking lot

Time 7:30am

Objective: Practice steep snow travel skills, proper use of an ice axe, crampons and emergency bivouac
What to Expect:
    Practice walking in-balance with crampons and glissading using your ice axe, on steep snow
    Practice each self-arrest position with both hands, on steep snow
    Practice an emergency bivouac set-up, in snow
Review of basic avalanche safety and terrain awareness

Freedom of the Hills suggested reading:
Chapter 16 – Snow Travel and Climbing: pages 330-353; 360-365
   Note: we teach the self-arrest grasp, primarily – figure 16-14.a.
Chapter 17 – Avalanche Safety
Chapter 27 – The Cycle of Snow



Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

10 essentials, ice axe and helmet.

Scramble pack, including 10 essentials and required scramble gear.

Clothing appropriate for practicing self-arrest outdoors (i.e. rain pants and rain jacket).

Extra gloves, to replace if/when yours get wet.

Clothes in the car to change in to at end of outing.

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