Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip - Mount Adams/South Spur

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Backcountry Ski Trip - Mount Adams/South Spur

Advanced backcountry skiing in the wilderness that involves using climbing skins and possibly ski crampons to go uphill and then skiing down! We will camp and ski. This trip has prerequisites. See leaders notes for details.

  • Strenuous 5, Technical 4
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,600 ft
  • 3 (6 capacity)
  • FULL (2 capacity)
  • 1 (1 capacity)
  • Cancellation & Refund Policy

Saturday morning, 6/17/23: Trailhead for South Climb Trail #183

Northwest Forest pass required.

Mt. Adams Weekend Climbing Pass required - please purchase in advance at:
Permits cost $15 per person 16 years of age and older for a Weekend Climbing Pass valid for a single climbing trip involving any weekend day, Friday-Sunday. Free to people under 16 years of age.

This is an advanced trip. Please read the requirements carefully before signing up!

Students will either need to have their own alpine touring kit or rent one. Rentals are typically available from Pro Ski & Mountain Sports or Evo. Staff will not be able to assist with rentals and acquiring the gear is the responsibility of participants. MAC has a single transceiver and probe, along with a few shovels, available on first come first served basis. 


At least 2 years of in-bounds skiing experience and ability to ski black diamond runs (not necessarily in good style) in any conditions. You must be able to get down the hill and "survival ski".  

The completion of the first MAC snow skills field trip is required as ice ax and crampon skills are usually necessary for this route.

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course completed / badge. 

Completion of an AIARE L1 course OR completion of the NIKO course / NIKO badge. The NIKO course is typically offered by NWAC and hosted by MAC/The Mountaineers each winter and has a limited number of spaces and is offered as an adjunct to MAC for an additional fee.


Mount Adams/South Spur

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See Gabrielle Orsi's comprehensive ski tour packing list. Some of this gear may not be necessary on all trips. Use common sense and if in doubt, ask the trip leader what is necessary.

We will be camping for 2 nights so you will need backpacking equipment plus your food and snacks.
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