Glacier Travel Course: Conditioning Hike - RETIRED

Field trip: Basic Glacier Travel Course

Glacier Travel Course: Conditioning Hike - RETIRED - Bandera Mountain

Conditioning hike for the Glacier Travel Course

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  • Sat, May 2, 2015
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft

Issaquah Transit Center at 7:00am.

Bandera is a classic I-90 training destination with great views at the top.  It's elevation gain of 3000' is perfect as the next progression in the conditioning hike series.  The final push to the summit is a very steep path that is mostly rock and which will be good practice for descending while carrying a heavy pack.  Poles are strongly recommended!

We will be hiking to the standard lunch/turnaround spot at the false summit.  We will not be scrambling across the ridge to the true summit.

For those working toward the suggested goal of carrying 40lbs up Mt. Si on Memorial Day weekend, if you're adding 2lbs per week then the weight objective for this trip will be 34lbs.

This trip is specifically designed for participants of the Glacier Travel Course. Basic Climbing Students are also welcome. We will carry packs up to 40 lbs to prepare in terms of conditioning for upcoming glacier climbs. Conditioning hikes are optional activities but participation is highly recommended.


Bandera Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • 10 essentials
  • hiking or mountaineering boots
  • hiking pole
  • extra weight for training purposes - get details from the leader
  • optional: ice axe (getting used to handling it)
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