Intermediate Glacier Travel - Seattle - 2022

Climbing Course

Intermediate Glacier Travel

APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 COURSE ARE NOW CLOSED. SELECTED APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY DECEMBER 20. DO NOT REGISTER UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO COURSE. Looking to be a glacier rope lead? Want to take your basic crevasse rescue skills and apply them to more scenarios? Sign up for the intermediate glacier travel course!

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Learn skills to travel over steep snow and glaciers efficiently and with confidence.

This course is the pre-requisite course to becoming a rope leader on glacier climbs for The Mountaineers. Students must be basic alpine climbing course graduates or basic glacier graduates to take this course.


  • Winter Mountaineering: emergency shelters, snow anchors, belaying, steep snow
  • Advanced Crevasse Rescue: 3:1 Z-Pulley, 2:1 to 6:1 conversion
  • Summer Glacier Travel: anchors and belaying in firm snow/ice, glacier navigation and terrain selection, trip planing 
  • Leadership: leading a rope team on a basic climb, techniques for rope management and moving efficiently, working with basic students 


  • Basic Alpine Climbing or Basic Glacier Travel Course graduate 
  • 1+ Basic Glacier Climbs
  • AIARE Level 1 (must be completed prior to Winter Mountaineering Field Trip. Not required to be completed at time of application) 
  • Type 2 Fun appreciation 


  • Please fill out the short application form by December 1, 2022
  • Students will be notified of acceptance by December 20, 2022

 This module is one of the 6 Intermediate course modules. To learn more about the intermediate program visit the Seattle Intermediate webpage. An intermediate info session is planned for Nov 9 if you have further questions.

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Harness, a couple single slings, a couple double slings, a cordellete, an ice axe, crampons, prussik cord/loop, a couple locking carabiners, belay device (petzl reverso or black diamond guide).

Course leader will email more detailed equipment list to accepted applicants. 

Course Materials
2018 Intermediate Alpine Climbing Handbook

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

Intermediate Glacier Travel - Handbook

IGT Map & Compass Review