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.

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*This course requires a short application. Please do not sign up until your application has been approved by the course leaders.

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, an optional practice day at the foam walls at the program center, and two single day field trips  at the seracs on Mount Baker.

Applicants must have completed the Intermediate Glacier  module. This course  is open to the general mountaineering community that has graduated from intermediate glacier travel or winter mountaineering. Priority goes to those that have been volunteering for the climbing committee. If you have advanced crevasse rescue experience and glacier experience through another outside organization reach out to the leaders of the course to see if you have equivalent experience.


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Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

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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