Alpine Ice - Seattle - 2018

Climbing Course

Alpine Ice

Introduction to alpine ice climbing.

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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 top rope 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 both rock modules (single and multipitch trad).


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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Alpine Ice Lecture
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Aug 13, 2019
Registration closed Aug 12
20 participants
0 instructors
Alpine Ice FT2
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Oct 12, 2019
Registration closed Oct 10
2 participants
0 instructors
Alpine Ice FT 1
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Fri, Sep 24, 2021
Registration closed Sep 15
3 participants
1 instructor
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 (optional)
  • V-thread tool 
  • 4-5' 7 mm nylon cord
  • 2-3 ice screws, including one 22 cm
Course Materials

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