Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills Course - Seattle - 2016

Snowshoeing Course

Intermediate Snowshoeing Course

Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills Course - Seattle - 2016

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.

Registration for this activity includes both the lecture on 1/27 and the all-day field trip on 2/6 (location and logistical details provided at the lecture). Please note that attendance at the Lecture is MANDATORY in order for you to take the Field Trip.

The Backcountry Snowshoeing Skills Course is designed for adventurers who want to gain the skills and experience to handle more challenging snowshoe routes and terrain than those offered in Easy or Easy+ trips. Moderate and Strenuous trips are, in many cases, non-technical mountain-climbing routes with mountain peaks for destinations. The course will cover material needed to survive in backcountry terrain, including introductory avalanche awareness and response, incident response, emergency shelters, self-belay and self-arrest skills. This course is open to graduates of Basic Snowshoe (or formerly Snowshoe Lite) and also to graduates from Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing. See the snowshoe program web site for full details.

Current students and graduates of Backcountry Snowshoe Skills will be eligible to participate in Moderate and Strenuous snowshoe trips. Students must have already completed the field trip.

You must be fit for the more physically demanding courses like Snowshoeing, Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing. Try hiking up Mt. Si (8 miles round-trip; 3,550 ft. elevation gain) and see how you do. If you can get to the top of Mt. Si (to the view points in the haystack basin) in 2½ hours or less (barring icy conditions), you are probably in adequate condition for this course.

An ice axe is required for this course. Guidelines on how to choose a general ice axe (not for technical ice climbing) will be provided to you at the lecture, or students can go to a local outdoor retailer and request sizing assistance.

Students have until 4/30 to complete their requirements for graduation, which includes successful completion of either the old Basic Navigation Course or the new  the Wilderness Navigation Course offered this spring in February and March.

Mountaineers members only.

For additional questions, please email Courses.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Intermediate Snowshoeing Lecture 1 - Introduction
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jan 12, 2022
Registration closes Jan 10
18 participants
4 instructors
Intermediate Snowshoeing Lecture 2 - Trip Planning
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jan 19, 2022
Registration closes Jan 17
18 participants
5 instructors
Intermediate Snowshoeing Field Trip #1
Skyline Lake
Sat, Jan 22, 2022 -
Sun, Jan 23, 2022
Registration closes Jan 28
18 participants
6 instructors
Intermediate Snowshoeing Field Trip #2
Tye Peak
Sat, Jan 29, 2022 -
Sun, Jan 30, 2022
Registration closes Jan 27
18 participants
6 instructors
Intermediate Snowshoeing Field Trip (Backup Weekend)
Skyline Ridge to Tye Peak
Sat, Feb 5, 2022 -
Sun, Feb 6, 2022
Registration closes Feb 3
18 participants
6 instructors

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

See the field trip description for a list of required equipment.

Course Materials

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