Glacier Travel Course: Skills Fieldtrip - RETIRED - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Field trip: Basic Glacier Travel Course

Glacier Travel Course: Skills Fieldtrip - RETIRED - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

1-day field trip in Seattle to cover glacier travel skills

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  • Sat, Apr 8, 2017
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Adults
  • Moderate

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Gear to bring
* All your glacier gear (harness, biners, pulley, cord, etc.)
* Gear should be neatly attached to your harness
* Mountaineering boots (you'll wear crampons for a bit)
* Backpack (fill it with stuff so it's heavy)
* Helmet
* Headlamp (attached to your helmet)
* Ice axe
* Crampons (if you own them already, you should by now)
* Picket (if you happen to own one, not required for course)
* 10 foot "knot practice" rope segment (if you took one)
* Warm clothes
* Snacks/lunch/drink (25 minute lunch break starting at noon)
* See the gear matrix in your handbook for more info

When & where
Meet inside the Seattle Program Center in Goodman B.
Be ready for a glacier climb at 8:29am. This means being checked in and wearing your boots/backpack/harness/helmet/headlamp. You'll wear all of this for the entire field trip.

Carry everything with you
For this field trip you won't be able to put anything on the floor. No exceptions! We're treating this like a real climb, so carry everything with you. Put your lunch in your backpack too. The only time you can leave your backpack unattended is when you go to the bathroom.

Ice axe safety
Please put duct tape or some other type of protection on the adze of your ice axe. If you also have a way to protect the pick and spike that would be great too. Thank you.

Mark your gear
To make it easy to know which gear is yours, please mark your gear if you can. One way is with a small nail polish mark. Another way is with colored tape, and a fantastic selection of 1/2 inch wide fun tape is at Fred Meyer next to the duct tape.
Also don't mark your pre-sewn runners/webbing since they don't have a tail you can mark. Some people say it's not a good idea to put chemicals on weight bearing fabric. One solution is to use one of your marked biners when using an unmarked sewn runner.

At the beginning of the day you'll be inside the warm building, so wear clothing appropriate for practicing skills inside. But have warm clothes easily accessible in your backpack since part of the day you'll be outside under the eave or down in the basement with the garage doors open. You'll be protected from rain all day, so no need to bring your waterproof hardshell layer unless you really want to.

End time
There are 4 stations you need to rotate through, and they are scheduled to end at 1:35pm.
Then starting at 1:40pm there will be a prusik station set up for you if you still need to get signed off on that. If you've already been signed off on it then you can skip that section or you can do it again just for fun. 
Also starting at 1:40pm there will be space for practicing 2:1 raises. This is an optional part of this field trip, but it's recommended you stay and do it at least once. There will be lots of instructors there so please take advantage of this and practice 2:1 raises. Stay as long as you'd like.
We'll start cleaning up at 5pm.

* Knots
* Prusiking
* Running belay skills
* End-coiling methods
* Crampon technique
* Glissade and self-arrest positions
* 2:1 raise practice

General knots
* Water
* Double Fishermans
* Girth hitch
* Prusik
* Figure 8 on a bight
* Bowline
Knots for tying in
* Butterfly
* Rewoven Figure 8
* Bowline on a bight (see the left 3 images here, ignore the rightmost image)
Bonus knots
* Square (below the animation click the want a "Square" or "Extra Half Knot", you do not want the "Granny" or the "Thief")
* Clove hitch
* Munter
* Double overhand
* European Death Knot


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

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