Basic Glacier Travel - SIG In-Town Practice

Field trip: Basic Glacier Travel Course

Basic Glacier Travel - SIG In-Town Practice - Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

SIG Snow Skills Outing: a full day of practicing snow travel, ice ax, and roped travel skills an hour from Seattle at Snoqualmie Pass.

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  • Sat, Mar 24, 2018
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Youth, Adults
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft
  • Pace: Moderate - Instructional Pace

Lead Instructor: Jill Reeder
Co-Instructor: Steve Russell  (206) 632-3266
Meeting Place: West Summit Exit 52, Snoqualmie Pass, Eastbound I-90.  Take a RIGHT at the bottom of the off-ramp, then turn into the first available parking to your right.  Look for my rather beat-up silver-grey PT Cruiser.  The forecast is for snow showers, so be sure to check the highway conditions as well as the weather report to plan for safe driving.
Meeting Time: We plan to be booted and geared up and walking out of the lot by 8:00 a.m., so please plan to arrive no later than 7:45 and, again, take driving conditions into account.
Gear: Harness, helmet, crampons, mountaineering boots, ice ax, and full glacier gear ('biners, slings, cords including prusiks and hero loops, rescue pulley).  No overnight gear is necessary but we will be putting in a full day (plan on 8 am to 4 pm, minimum), so please bring lunch, water, sun protection, and so on.

You'll be outside all day in the snow. The current forecast calls for cloudy with snow showers (after several preceding days of snow showers or light snow), but please keep abreast of the forecast (and the driving conditions) as the week progresses to make sure you have appropriate wind/rain-resistant outer layers and insulating inner layers.  Extra pair(s) of gloves recommended.
Topics will include: ice axe use, snow travel, roped travel with crampons, picket passing, team arrest, crampon practice, a crevasse rescue demo, etc.  The instructors will provide two climbing ropes and one glacier rope.
This compares with the overnight snow events that some other SIGs are running, except we won't be digging a kitchen or camping overnight or getting roped up at 4 in the morning. If you are another 2018 Seattle Glacier Travel student interested in joining this event, you need to have a conflict with your own SIG's event -- don't just contact us because you would rather not do an overnight. We may have a couple of positions open.
Any questions should be copied to both the named instructors, but not to the generic "glacier travel" leader.  Steve is listed in the Mounty website as "Stevie Russell."


Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See your gear matrix and the meeting details above for what gear to bring.

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