Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Conditioner

Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Seattle Basic Alpine Climbing Conditioner - West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line

Glacier travel practice hike on a shorted rope team, without sharp things!

  • Wed, Apr 10, 2024
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Adults
  • moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft

Meet at the Cable line trailhead by 5:30PM, start hiking by 5:45PM. Plan on being back down at the cars by 8:45PM. Parking is outside the gate to the road to the High Point parking.

We will practice glacier travel hiking on a shorted rope team.    

Bring your climbing harness and two carabiners (at least one locking) for tie-in connection to rope (butterfly, overhand, figure 8, clove-hitch). 

Spacing: We will keep about 10 feet of rope  between each climber. Students at the end will be tied in with rewoven figure eights, with team members in the middle tied in with alpine butterfly knots clipped in with  using reversed and opposed carabiners (one locking, one non-locking).  Excess rope will coiled up on either end for the first and last team member to stored pack (or coiled around them) to deploy in case of crevasse rescue.  Note carrying the excess rope inside the pack might be easier than coils on the body. Coils on the body are considered advanced.

See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwBOLjin67U&ab_channel=OutdoorResearch

or https://www.alpinesavvy.com/blog/rigging-your-rope-for-glacier-travel

Route/Place

West Tiger Mountain No. 3 Cable Line


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Required Equipment

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Bring your climbing harness and two carabiners (at least one locking) for tie-in connection to rope (butterfly, overhand, figure 8, clove-hitch).  We will not be using crampons.

Bring your 10 Essentials, bring microspikes (just incase we encounter snow,) hiking poles, along with a headlamp and extra batteries. Weighted packs (>30lbs) and mountaineering boots are optional and encouraged.

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