Basic Glacier Travel - SIG Snow Field Trip

Field trip: Basic Glacier Travel Course

Basic Glacier Travel - SIG Snow Field Trip - Snoqualmie Summit West

ChillAx Glacier Travel SIG: Snow Skills Day -- A snow skills/roped glacier travel practice day on a closed portion of the Snoqualmie Summit ski area. Intended for members of Stevie-Allie-Jill's SiG but students of other SiGs can contact the leader to see if there is room to come along (other students are welcome, but only if we have enough instructor support to accommodate them!).

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  • Sat, Mar 30, 2019
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft

 Saturday, March 30, 2019, at 8:30 a.m.  We expect to be done by roughly 4:00 in the afternoon.  This is a skills practice DAY, not an OVERNIGHT field trip.

Although this activity will take place at the Summit West ski area, which is now closed for the season(Eastbound I-90 Exit 52, turn right at bottom of exit), experience has shown that meeting at the base of the ski area causes confusion as to where exactly to park.  So, instead, we will meet at Travelers Rest, which has a WSDOT restroom in one half of the building and a small convenience store in the other end, just past a restaurant and gas station.  Take the same exit as above, turn right at the bottom of the ramp and continue east along the ski area parking/business service road for about half a mile and look for Travelers Rest on the left.  Or just do an internet search for Travelers Rest Snoqualmie Pass for directions.  Please plan to arrive at Travelers Rest by 8:15 am, to give us time to use the facilities, discuss the day, relocate to our "real" parking below Summit West, and gear up!

Please carefully review the gear list: bring water, snacks, lunch, sunscreen and shades, and layers, in addition to all the technical gear.  You need at least a light pack for realism and to stow the foregoing, even though we'll be within minutes of the freeway, lodges, etc., throughout the day. 

<SIG Leader: to help other course students who aren't in your SIG, please add Leader Notes here>

We will be practicing and refreshing snow travel and ice ax skills (managing the risks of the ax, in-balance travel, making safe steps, turns, belaying on the ax, arresting, descending, plunge-stepping, and a brief review of glissading) as well as roped glacier travel skills (tying in, roping up, moving in-balance with crampons, dealing with slack, safely turning while roped, signaling between rope team members, placing and passing pickets) and demo'ing the C-Pulley crevasse rescue procedure.  We'll do some light practice with alternate ways of walking/climbing in crampons using the steeper faces of the snowplow berm in the parking lot.

Saturday Forecast (as of mid-day Weds.):
A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.

Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas

  • 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

Ice Ax
Typical Scramble/Climb Day Pack (two pairs of gloves, water, lunch, snacks, clothing layers)
Mountaineering Boots (gaiters highly recommended)
Crampons (practice fitting them BEFOREHAND)
Outer Shell Layers for practicing ice ax arrest and protection from predicted light snow (rain pants and water-resistant top)
Harness with ALL glacier gear (slings, 'biners, prusiks, rescue pulley)
Sun Protection
Leader will provide ropes

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