Seattle SIG Practices and Conditioners

Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Seattle SIG Practices and Conditioners - Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

A day of ice axe and snow travel training for the Pitts SIG.

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  • Sat, Jan 24, 2015
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Adults
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy

8:00am @ Alpental

7:10am @ Issaquah Transit Center to form carpools

Skills we will work on include:  Anatomy and proper use of an ice axe, in-balance walking (uphill/downhill), turning on a traverse, self belay, self arrest, rest step, plunge stepping and glissading.

Skills we will NOT cover (due to time) include anatomy and basic use of crampons, french/german crampon technique, avalanche awareness and terrain selection, snow anchors, rope team travel, team arrest, z-pulley crevasse rescue and clipping through anchors on a roped team.


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

Come dressed for a wet day!  Bring a pack with 10-essentials plus extra layers, water and clothes.  You will get wetter than a fish... also bring your ice axe.  Prep your ice axe for the trip by placing a few layers of duct tape over the adze to dull it's edge for safety.  Also please bring your helmet (critical).  The event requires snowshoes to get to the practice area.  If you don't have them borrow or rent a pair. 

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