Intermediate - Winter Mountaineering Field Trip (Small Group)

Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course

Intermediate - Winter Mountaineering Field Trip (Small Group) - Source Lake

Intermediate Winter Mountaineering Field Trip for mentor groups, or small groups.

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  • Sat, Mar 19, 2016 — Sun, Mar 20, 2016
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing, Snowshoeing
  • Intermediate
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft


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. Completion of a Level 1 Avalanche course HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 

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)


Source Lake

  • Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass No. 207

    USGS Snoqualmie Pass

    Green Trails Snoqualmie Pass Gateway No. 207S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

- Students bring crampons. Crampons are not required for Instructors.

- You may use Club ropes.

- Students bring pickets, 1 is good.

- Snowshoes are acceptable. An Ice Axe will be used on the mixed terrain.

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

- 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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