Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Overnight Snow Scrambling - Mount St. Helens/Worm Flows

Field trip: Basic Alpine Climbing Course

Seattle Basic Alpine SIG Field Trip - Overnight Snow Scrambling - Mount St. Helens/Worm Flows

Wallace SIG SNOW Field Trip, Part 2 - Snow Overnight

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  • Sat, May 1, 2021 — Sun, May 2, 2021
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Adults
  • Winter Scramble
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 8,366 ft

TBD.  Probably in Woodland, possibly at a restaurant if distancing rules permit by May.  If carpooling os OK by then, we will rendezvous at a P&R near Seattle to form pools.

We will have completed our snow skills training on April 3, so this trip will be only the overnight snow camping part of SIG Snow.  Weather permitting, we will summit St Helens in the morning.  It is a wonderful alpine adventure in essentially winter conditions, but St Helens is not the list of climbs approved for course credit so will not count toward graduation.  Darn, a summit just for fun!


students will earn:


Mount St. Helens/Worm Flows

  • USGS Mt St Helens

    Green Trails Mount St Helens NVM No. 332S

    Green Trails Mt St Helens NW No. 364S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

All required snow and glacier equipment except harness (we won’t be roping)    Including:  warm layers (probably including a puffy jacket), rain/wind parka and pants (full zip best), mountain boots, gaiters, crampons, ice axe, poles recommended, warm hat, at least two pair gloves, headlamp, helmet, glacier glasses, skis or snowshoes (guidance on those  to come later), water bottles or bladder for at least two liters.

Also camping gear - Warm sleeping bag, insulated pad (possibly two - ask if you want guidance), food and eating utensils, snow shovels.  Chocolate and brandy optional but recommended.

 We will pool stoves and possibly tents (depending on distancing rules).  Leader will ask in advance who can contribute what group gear and will assign who brings what.

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