Basic Glacier Travel - SIG Snow Field Trip

Field trip: Basic Glacier Travel Course

Basic Glacier Travel - SIG Snow Field Trip - Alpental Ski Area

ChillAx (Steve-Allison-Jill) SIG Overnight Snow Field Trip

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  • Sat, Apr 13, 2019 — Sun, Apr 14, 2019
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

Time: We will meet no sooner than noon. Leader will send an email on Thursday night or Friday morning advising the specific meet time.

Date: We will meet on Saturday, April 13.

Place: We will meet at Travelers Rest, Exit 52, EB I-90.  Same place as the one-day snow skills day events met.  At bottom of exit, turn right, proceed roughly 1/2 mile past a gas station and convenience store to Travelers Rest (west half is the WSDOT rest facility; right half is a small gift shop).  Roughly across the frontage road from the Commonwealth Restaurant, Ski and Snowboard Museum, and DruBrew).

Activity Destination: depending on avalanche conditions and weather, this activity will either take place in the Alpental Backcountry or above the ski lifts at Summit West (now closed to skiing for the season).

<SIG Leader: to help other course students who aren't in your SIG, please add Leader Notes here>This is a rough list of the skills we will be practicing:

Rope management: kiwi coil vs. backpack coil, slack in the rope

Digging a snow kitchen

Crevasse rescue demo

Setting up a tent in the snow: deadman anchors, platforms, boot trenches, tips on keeping warm

Roped travel: knots, tying in, racking up, passing pickets, jumping crevasses

I will sign up the known ChillAx students.  We may have room for one or two students from other glacier travel SiGs.  Contact me about signing up: I will send a confirming email regarding our destination, specific start and end times, and other info.  In the meantime, please use the link provided by Mike Breen for listing all the individual and group gear that will need to make it's way to the FT. Please enter your information on the GROUP GEAR tab and reference the INDIVIDUAL GEAR tab for what to pack for yourself. 
The weather may well be chilly, so bring layers.

Alpental Ski Area

  • 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

All usual glacier travel gear: harness, helmet, ice ax, mountaineering boots, layered clothing and outerwear, crampons, locking and non-locking carabiners, slings, prusiks, rescue pulley, headlamp and fresh/spare batteries; stoves, fuel, tents, poles, fly, gear to secure tents (shared); pots for melting water and cooking food (shared); filter for purifying water (shared); sit pads, sleeping bags, pads to insulate sleeping bags from snow, snow shovels (shared), etc.  Leader will provide ropes and pickets for practice, one snow shovel, and one water filter.

Please organize your own car pools and fill in the gear matrix previously provided! 

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