Intermediate Snowshoeing Lecture 1 - Introduction

Lecture: Intermediate Snowshoeing Course

Intermediate Snowshoeing Lecture 1 - Introduction - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Lecture for the Seattle Backcountry Snowshoe Course.

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  • Mon, Jan 27, 2014
  • Seattle Snowshoeing Committee
  • Snowshoeing
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)

7:00pm - 9:30pm at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center.

The lecture will introduce and discuss the  following topics;—

TOURS: The snowshoe trip experience
—GEAR: Equipment
  • —Winter Route-Finding
  • —Self-belay
  • —Self-arrest
  • —Building an Emergency Shelter
  • —Incident Response
  • —Avalanche Awareness

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

TEN ESSENTIALS: Map (provided to you), compass, sunglasses and sunscreen, extra clothing, emergency shelter, headlamp/flashlight, first-aid supplies, fire starter, matches, knife, extra food & water.  Sun protection is a must. Snow reflection is highly damaging to eyes; UV damage and sunburns are common.


The goal of this course is to teach students how to travel confidently in the backcountry during the winter months. We’ll show you the equipment you need to make even a challenging trip a comfortable experience. 

You’ll learn the techniques you need to know to ascend and descend slopes on snowshoes. You’ll find out how to use a map and compass and how to choose the best route to your destination. We’ll discuss the unique hazards that winter can present and how to recognize them and prevent problems. We’ll practice the Seven Steps to Incident Response, a long-time Mountaineers method of handling incidents in the field. We’ll introduce you to avalanche awareness and demonstrate the use of avalanche beacons. You’ll also learn to build an emergency survival shelter simply with the gear you have on your back.

Instruction is geared to enjoying easy, moderate or strenuous snowshoeing tours – usually with an alpine lake or non-technical summit as a destination.  The course does not cover technical or roped rock or glacier climbing.

This guide to the Backcountry Snowshoe Skills Course is a supplement to the Basic Snowshoe Course Guide.  You’ll find handy checklists and other information to help you through the course.  The appendices also contain a bibliography, an application for graduation and a course evaluation sheet for providing comments to the Snowshoe Committee on how you liked the course and any suggestions for improving it.

Keep in mind that The Mountaineers is a club, not a guide service.  The Snowshoe Committee, instructors and tour leaders are volunteers who will spend many hours helping you learn the pleasure and techniques of snowshoeing.  You are an equal participant, responsible for your safety and progress in the course and on all outings.

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