Alpine Ice FT 1 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Field trip: Alpine Ice

Alpine Ice FT 1 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Learn the basics of alpine ice climbing

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  • Sun, Aug 25, 2019
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Intermediate Alpine
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft

This will be a one-day trip. We will pick the best day based on the weather forecast. Meet at the Helioptrope Ridge Trailhead ( at 8:30 a.m.

Students will learn

  • different crampon techniques for ascending and descending on ice
  • build v-threads
  • build top rope anchors on ice
  • place ice screws
  • and more!

Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

  • USGS Mt Baker

    Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX

    Green Trails Mt Baker No. 13
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Ice axe
  • One or two ice tools
  • Steel crampons with front points
  • Picket
  • Two or more ice screws (at least on 19 cm or longer)
  • Four (or more alpine draws)
  • A few single and double runners
  • Cordelette (optional)
  • Three or more locking carabiners
  • Belay device
  • At least 4 feet of 6 mm or 7 mm nylon cord
  • V-thread tool (homemade is fine)
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