Alpine Ice - Seattle - 2021

Climbing Course

Alpine Ice

Introduction to alpine ice climbing. Learn the skills necessary to swing leads on a 45-60 degree alpine ice route.

Info
COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

*This course will hold slots for 2020/2021 intermediate package students through July 7th and then will open up for general sign up via application. Please do not email the leader before July 7th. One more set of field trips may be added depending on user day availability for Coleman Seracs. 

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). 16 spots are held for package students who meet the volunteer requirements of volunteering at least 1 day for the number of modules you've participated in, so at least 4  days of volunteering (glacier, single pitch, multi pitch and ice)

 

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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Alpine Ice Lecture
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Aug 11, 2021
Registration closes Aug 9
17 participants
3 instructors
Foam Wall Practice Session (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Aug 19, 2021
Registration closes Aug 17
5 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Aug 26, 2021
Registration closes Aug 17
6 participants
1 instructor
Alpine Ice FT 1
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Aug 21, 2021 -
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
8 participants
2 instructors
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Aug 28, 2021 -
Sun, Aug 29, 2021
Registration closes Aug 26
9 participants
2 instructors
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Fri, Sep 17, 2021 -
Sat, Sep 18, 2021
Registration closes Sep 15
6 participants
1 instructor
Alpine Ice FT2
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Sep 11, 2021
Registration closes Sep 9
8 participants
2 instructors
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sun, Sep 12, 2021
Registration closes Sep 9
9 participants
2 instructors
Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs
Sat, Sep 25, 2021
Registration closes Sep 23
5 participants
2 instructors
Roster
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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