Intermediate - Winter Mountaineering Field Trip (Small Group) - Austin Pass (winter)

Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course

Intermediate - Winter Mountaineering Field Trip (Small Group) - Austin Pass (winter)

Intermediate Winter Mountaineering FT for Rob & Sherrie's mentor group. AIARE Level 1 certification required.

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  • Sat, Jan 30, 2016 — Sun, Jan 31, 2016
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Skiing/Snowboarding, Snowshoeing
  • Beginner
  • Adults
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.0

6:00am @ 65th St P&R

We'll snowshoe in to the meadow just beyond Austin Pass

Completion of a Level 1 Avalanche course REQUIRED AS A PREREQUISITE. 

Priority will be given to members of Rob & Sherrie's Intermediate Mentor group before December 7th.  On December 7th, sign up for any remaining spots will open to any qualified Intermediate students.

Sorry 1st-year Intermediates, unless you got AIARE 1 certified before signing up for Intermediate, you won't be able to go on this field trip, since the Mountaineers AIARE weekend isn't until February 20th.  There will be other Winter Mountaineer FTs posted.

Small/Mentor Group Intermediate Winter Mountaineering Field Trip.  This trip will cover skills needed to climb and travel safely in the backcountry in winter conditions, as well as "winter-y" conditions encountered in the alpine year-round. 

Skills covered to include:

  • Avalanche Skills including weather and avalanche forecast assessment, route-finding in avalanche terrain, avalanche accident response and search techniques

  • Review of snow and glacier travel skills (including glissading, self-belay and self-arrest), and how to teach these skills.

  • Snow anchor construction and evaluation including pickets, bollards, and deadman.

  • Belaying on snow (running and fixed belays)

  • Travel in mixed terrain (rock & snow) with crampons and ice ax

  • Building snow shelters (emergency and planned)  Students will sleep in a snow shelter of their own construction Saturday night.  Instructors are allowed to use a tent if they wish.


Austin Pass (winter)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

EVERYBODY brings an avalanche beacon, probe, and a metal shovel.

- Crampons, ice axe.

- Snowshoes

- You may use Club ropes.

- Students bring pickets, 1 is good.

- Bring your ice axe, harness, helmet, runners, ‘biners, device, prusiks, etc. All of the gear listed in the Basic Equipment Matrix for a glacier climb.

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