Intermediate Glacier Travel - Seattle - 2019

Climbing Course

Intermediate Glacier Travel

The Intermediate Glacier Travel course teaches both the technical and non-technical skills needed to comfortably plan and lead a basic glacier climb.

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The Intermediate Glacier Travel course teaches both the technical and non-technical skills needed to comfortably plan and lead a basic glacier climb.

Through evening sessions at the program center and days in the field, students will practice good climbing technique, perfect self and team arrests, learn to place protection in snow and ice, manage moderately-steep snow slopes (up 55 deg), build and equalize anchors, construct advanced haul systems for crevasse rescue, set up group camps, and more!  Lectures will also cover basic expedition planning, including route selection, in-the-field evaluation, a navigation refresher, and how to write a practical trip plan.

The course is composed of a total of 5 sessions: 3 evening sessions at the Program Center and 2 field days.  Attendance at all 5 sessions is required to complete this course, and each session will be offered multiple times.  See the course handbook for exact course offerings. Since there is no application or official Mountaineers pre-requisites and students have a diverse range of skills- the first day of the course is an evaluation to ensure everyone has the same base level of knowledge. Please review the course handbook  and be prepared to demonstrate the following:

  • basic knots and hitches
  • crevasse self-extrication (ascending a rope)
  • basic crevasse rescue

If you can demonstrate basic crevasse rescue and can ascend a rope but are new to The Mountaineers and do not have the pre-requisite badges please email the course leader with your previous glacier travel experience. 

** Please note that the 2 field days have not been listed yet.**

All students are required to have successfully completed a Level 1 AIARE course prior to attending the in-the-field days.

Learn more about the intermediate climbing program and how the modules fit into the program in the Intermediate Alpine Climbing Handbook.

Also when signing up for this course consider registering at the same time to help instruct with the Crevasse Rescue Evaluation field trip for our basic climbing students. This is a great way to refresh skills and teach these new students some tips and tricks you've learned in intermediate. 

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Same equipment needed for glacier climbs in the Basic Alpine Climbing Course (see the gear matrix here), plus:

  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Probe
  • Snow shovel
  • Guide-style belay device
  • Snow picket
Course Materials
Name/Description Type
2018 Intermediate Alpine Climbing Handbook

Info about prerequisites for modules and club climbs, graduation requirements, course tracking and more.

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Intermediate Glacier Travel - Handbook

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IGT Map & Compass Review

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