Basic Glacier Travel Course - Seattle - 2016

Climbing Course

Basic Glacier Travel Course

Basic Glacier Travel Course 2016 will teach skills that will allow graduates to be part of a glacier rope team.

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Leader permission is REQUIRED before signing up. Contact the course leader for questions at . Submit your application here: http://tinyurl.com/basicglacier2016.

This course will cover ice axe use, roped glacier travel, crevasse rescue techniques, and gear selection that is appropriate for spring/summer glaciated peak climbs in the Pacific NW. This course will cover skills required to be a member of a glacier climb for a basic glacier climb.

This course does not cover rock climbing skills or glacier climbing rope leader skills.

Prerequisites:

The course is designed for those with some previous climbing/scrambling experience who want to learn the basics of safe glacier travel.

  • All students must have completed and passed Navigation prior to the first lecture. (See the February/March course listings for navigation course information if you do not have a current navigation card). 
  • All students must be current graduates (or have the equivalency badge) of Basic or Advanced Alpine Scramble course offered by The Mountaineers.
  • We expect students to be able to hike Mount Si or equivalent (3300 ft elevation gain) in 2 hours or less from the trailhead to the base of the haystack, carrying 15% of their own body weight by the end of March 2016. This is the minimum fitness requirement  to ensure students are physically able to participate in climbs.

Class Structure:

See the Course Requirements tab below.

Graduation Criteria:

Successful completion includes attendance at all lectures and field trips as well as one successful glacier climb.

The dates for the climbs are TBD as leaders schedule them for the summer months. Students will need to be flexible be available to sign up for these climbs and should not take this course if they have a rigid schedule or only have 1-2 weekends that they will be available to go on climbs

It should be noted that past students typically needed two or more scheduled climbs to achieve one successful summit due to changing weather and route conditions. Climbs generally are on weekends but some may be offered only on weekday dates. 

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Glacier Travel Course: Social - RETIRED (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Registration closed Mar 28
9 participants
12 instructors
Basic Glacier Travel Skills Night - Practice Session (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 5, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 12, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 15, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 19, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 22, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 26, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 2, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 9, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 12, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 16, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 19, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 23, 2018
Registration closed Feb 1
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Mar 4, 2019
Registration closed Jan 1
0 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 1, 2019
Registration closed Apr 1
11 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 8, 2019
Registration closed Apr 8
10 participants
1 instructor
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 15, 2019
Registration closed Apr 15
9 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 22, 2019
Registration closed Apr 22
10 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 29, 2019
Registration closed Apr 29
10 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 6, 2019
Registration closed May 6
9 participants
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 13, 2019
Registration closed May 13
10 participants
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 20, 2019
Registration closed May 20
8 participants
2 instructors
Basic Glacier Travel - SIG In-Town Practice (optional)
Snoqualmie Summit Ski Areas
Sat, Mar 24, 2018 -
Sun, Mar 25, 2018
Registration closed Mar 1
6 participants
1 instructor
Skyline Lake
Sat, Apr 14, 2018 -
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
Registration closed Mar 1
0 participants
0 instructors
Basic Glacier Travel - Conditioner Hike
Seattle Program Center
Wed, May 30, 2018
Registration closed Feb 2
60 participants
West Tiger Mountain No. 3
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
Registration closed Mar 8
3 participants
0 instructors
Seattle Climbing Graduation Ceremony - Save the Date (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Nov 9, 2018
Registration closed Aug 1
0 participants
1 instructor on waitlist
Seattle Program Center
Fri, Oct 23, 2020
Registration closed Oct 22
48 participants
Basic Glacier Travel Lecture #1 - Meet and Greet, Gear
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Feb 26, 2019
Registration closed Feb 25
3 participants
6 instructors
Basic Glacier Travel Lecture #3 - Glacier Travel
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Apr 9, 2019
Registration closed Apr 7
6 participants
3 instructors
Basic Glacier Travel - SIG Snow Field Trip (optional)
Stevens Pass Ski Area
Sat, May 11, 2019 -
Sun, May 12, 2019
Registration closed May 9
5 participants
Basic Glacier Travel - Field Trip Snow 1 (snow anchors, crevasse rescue anchor only, snow skills)
Alpental Backcountry
Sat, Mar 14, 2020
Registration closed Mar 11
23 participants
6 instructors
Alpental Backcountry
Sun, Mar 22, 2020
Registration closed Mar 11
23 participants
6 instructors
Basic Glacier Travel - Knot Practice (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Mar 18, 2020
Registration closed Mar 17
5 participants
Seattle Program Center
Tue, Mar 24, 2020
Registration closed Mar 23
5 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Mar 26, 2020
Registration closed Mar 25
5 participants
Basic Glacier Travel - Workshop #2 (2:1, pickets, crampons)
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Mar 28, 2020
Registration closed Mar 25
8 participants
7 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 4, 2020
Registration closed Mar 25
10 participants
6 instructors
Basic Glacier Travel - Field Trip Snow 2 Overnight (snow camping, alpine start, 2:1)
Stevens Pass Backcountry
Sat, Apr 11, 2020 -
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
Registration closed Apr 7
9 participants
2 instructors
Stevens Pass Backcountry
Sat, Apr 18, 2020 -
Sun, Apr 19, 2020
Registration closed Apr 7
11 participants
2 instructors
Basic Glacier Travel - Workshop #3 (prusiking, rappelling part 1)
Seattle Program Center
Sat, Apr 25, 2020
Registration closed Apr 22
9 participants
7 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sat, May 2, 2020
Registration closed Apr 22
15 participants
6 instructors
Basic Glacier Travel - Workshop #4 (2:1 eval, 3:1, rappelling part 2)
Seattle Program Center
Sat, May 23, 2020
Registration closed May 20
29 participants
13 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Sun, May 31, 2020
Registration closed May 20
27 participants
9 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

A complete list of gear required for this course will be provided at the first lecture. Unless you already own and have knowledge of the gear, it is NOT recommended that students buy gear before the first lecture as there is a lot of variety in climbing gear, some of which may not be suitable for the skills taught in this course.

Course Materials