Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Overnight Snow Scrambling

Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Overnight Snow Scrambling - Grace Lakes

Basic SIG Snow Field Trip - Overnight Snow (Snow Anchors & Belays, Crevasse Rescue, Snow Camping, Roped Travel) plus scrambling, Ice-Axe Arrest

  • Sat, Apr 15, 2023 — Sun, Apr 16, 2023
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Adults
  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Take Highway 2 to Stevens Pass and park in Lot 4 of the ski area.

TBD We will work out the details as the trip draws closer.  With that said, this will be a two-day event and includes camping overnight.

Shafer Sarver SIG. Open to other SIGs pending spot availability. Students from other SIGs are welcome, and wish to sign up, please request permission (or reach out to Don Sarver) before registering.

This field trip will focus on introducing basic climbing class students to the basics of snow belays, snow anchors, crevasse rescue, traveling together on a rope, and snow camping. 

Note: We may shift to an alternate date or location (along Stevens Pass) due to  weather and park conditions.


students will earn:


Grace Lakes

  • USGS Stevens Pass

    Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

All required snow travel equipment to include the following

  • Ten Essential Systems
    • Navigation
      • (Map, compass, route description, topo)
    • Headlamp
    • Sun protection
      • (Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat)
    • First aid kit with relevant supplies
    • Multi-tool or Knife and repair kit
      • (Knife, duct tape, spare parts)
    • Fire
      • (Matches, lighter, fire starter)
    • Emergency Shelter
      • (Tarp, bivy sack, ingenuity)
    • Extra food
    • Extra water
    • Clothing (Wool or Synthetic)
    • Emergency Contact Info
  • Toilet paper and blue bags
  • Snow shovel 
  • Snowshoes / Split board / Cross Country Ski's
  • Trekking Poles
  • Gaiters Long, Waterproof (optional) 
  • Avalanche Transceiver/Probe (optional)
  • Climbing Gear
    • Climbing helmet 
    • Ice Axe with leash
    • Glissading Gloves
    • Alpine Boots
    • Crampons
    • 6 non-locking carabiners
    • 4 locking carabiners
    • 1 belay size locking carabiner
    • Harness with belay loop
    • Autoblock
    • Texas Prusiks (seat & foot)
    • Personal anchor
    • (4) double runners
    • (1) Sewn double runner
    • Chest harness
    • Belay/rappel device
  • Overnight Gear
    • Overnight pack
    • Tent, at least 3 season
    • Sleeping pad 4+ R value
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sit pad / insulation pad
    • Gloves/mittens/liners
    • Hand warmers (optional)
    • Second headlamp or extra batteries
    • Eating utensils/plate/bowl/cup
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner food
    • Water filter
    • Waterproof sacks or backpack water
  • Crevasse rescue 2021
  • 2021 SIG Snow FT Guide.pdf
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