Basic Glacier Travel Course - Seattle - 2023

Climbing Course

Basic Glacier Travel Course

Learn glacier skills which will allow you to be a member of a rope team on a Basic Glacier climb.


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Application: Application window will open on Jan 19 and run through Feb 1. All applications will then be reviewed on Feb 1 with preference given to scramble graduates. You will get email if you have been accepted/declined on Feb 5. If accepted, then you will be able to register for this course and field trips starting on Feb 7. 

Prerequisite: Being a Scrambling Course graduate or equivalent (with a badge in your profile) is a prerequisite for this course. If you don't have that badge because you still need to complete First Aid or another piece of the Scrambling Course then you'll be considered if there's still space remaining. If you haven't taken the Scrambling Course but have significant scrambling experience outside of the Mountaineers then you'll be considered if there's still space remaining. Another method to obtain a Scrambling Course graduate badge is to apply for Scrambling Course Equivalency, contact your branch's Scrambling Committee for more information about equivalency.

Course description:  You'll learn to travel safely on glaciers while roped up, and you'll learn technical skills such as crevasse rescue and rappelling. In addition to the field trips held at the program center, there will be a field trip out in the mountains on snow and ice. Students and graduates of this course are able to sign up for Basic Glacier climbs just like graduates of the Basic Alpine Climbing Course.

Application process: Everyone needs to fill out an application and have it approved before being accepted into the Glacier Course. Just click the "Apply" button on this page to fill out the application. After your application has been reviewed you'll be notified via email, and then you'll be able to sign up and pay for the course.

All applications received will be reviewed at the same time. The order which applications are received does not matter.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Crevasse Rescue Gear (will be discussed in the course)