Field Trip

Field trip: Winter Travel: Practicing Terrain Choices & Rescue Drills

Field Trip - Paradise Area (winter)

Field trip for practicing decision-making and avalanche rescue drills.

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 activity.
  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

8:30 am at Longmire National Park Inn

  • Maps with tentative routes will be provided, about 5 days in advance. The participants will plan their trip using avalanche forecasts and estimated snow conditions.
  • On the morning of the trip, the group will come together and discuss the plan for the day, check their gear, and start traveling.
    • The morning part of the trip will include practicing rescue drills.
    • The afternoon part of the trip will include traveling in the backcountry, observing snow and route conditions, and change the course as needed by discussing the concerns with the group.
    • At the end of the trip, the group will get together to debrief the actions, decisions for the day.

In order to get the most benefit out of the field trip, you should do the following:

  • Prepare/Plan for the field trip. Review the reading material and handouts.
  • Be prepared for a full, long day at the field trip. 
  • Arrive early enough to park and make whatever preparations are necessary so you can be ready to begin at the starting time.

Please remember that your instructors and leaders are all volunteers.  They all have something to teach you and deserve your attention and courtesy.  Everyone is there to help you and to answer your questions – the only foolish question is the one not asked.

Note:  It is Mountaineers policy that alcohol and controlled substances may not be used before or during club tours and field trips. 

Before signing up for this course please be sure you have access to a winter-capable vehicle.   



  • 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

See course description.

Trip Reports