Seattle Igloo Building / Winter Camping Field Trip

Field trip: Igloo Building / Winter Camping Course

Seattle Igloo Building / Winter Camping Field Trip - Dead Horse Creek

Field trip for the Igloo Building / Winter Camping course.

  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Casual
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

to be communicated in FT preview session

The Igloo Building Course Field Trip is an overnight trip.  It is a Friday-Saturday outing, starting early with a full day on Friday, and ending mid-day Saturday. 

Group Campsite permit will be shared between the group.

Park entrance fee for each vehicle (shared)

Details will be presented at this course field trip preview.



  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Snowshoe Overnight Trip

  • Everything from the day trip checklist

Camping gear

  • Avalanche probe (optional) for scouting snow conditions 
  • Shovel - collapsible, metal preferred (min. two per igloo group)
  • Snow saw 
  • 2-3 pair of gloves
  • Insulated parka (thick puffy)
  • Raincoat (waterproof)
  • Rain Pants (waterproof)
  • Additional dry clothing for sleeping
  • Warm sleeping bag
  • Bivy bag or felt-backed tablecloth (discussed at the lecture)
  • Stove and stove platform (One per igloo group)
  • Stove fuel (group item)
  • Large pot for melting snow (group item)
  • Spoon
  • Plenty of high-fat food
  • Puffy Pants (optional)

Optional equipment

  • Rubber gloves for smoothing out walls
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Booties for the night. 
  • Wands to alert skiers to your cave (optional)

Other suggestions

Bring a deck of cards or a game - something fun for the evening. Another dessert! Remember to have a complete set of dry socks and underwear to sleep in.   Some people bring small battery-powered Christmas lights to put by their Igloo. Be creative and have fun.  But remember whatever you bring, you have to carry it in and out.

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