Seattle MAC - Snow 1 Field Trip

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Snow 1 Field Trip - Paradise

The first snow skills field trip for MAC. Covering glacier travel basics - ice-ax self arrest, crampon use, snow camping, snow anchors, etc. This trip has prerequisites, see leader's notes for details. This is for new MAC students or MAC students who have not completed any of the Snow 1 trips.

  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft
  • 1 (12 capacity)
  • FULL (2 capacity)
  • 3 (4 capacity)
  • Cancellation & Refund Policy


See trip sheet for details.

This is a prerequisite for Snow 2 and glacier climbs in the summer. The prerequisites for Snow 1 are attendance at the weeknight glacier skills practice nights where students will be exposed to the skills they will be practicing on Snow 1 in a controlled environment at The Mountaineers. 

A minimum of 2 glacier skills practice nights are required but more may be necessary for some. The more you attend, the more you will get out of the snow field trips and better prepared for glacier climbs you'll be. 


students will earn:



  • 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

Camping/snow travel items

    • 1-2person tent*
    • Metal, collapsible snow shovel*
    • Snowshoes* 
    • Trekking poles*
    • Backpacking backpack
    • Sleeping bag* (optional liner*)
    • Sleeping pad* (could bring two; foam ones will be more insulated)
    • Pack cover or plastic bag for water repellenceTechnical gear

Technical items

    • Ice axe*
    • Picket with double sling*
    • Crampons*
    • Helmet*
  • Clothing
    • Wool/synthetic socks (at least two pairs)
    • Mountaineering boots (waterproof, able to put crampons on them
    • Long sleeve (synthetic)
    • Long underwear (synthetic)
    • Warm jacket (fleece or wool)
    • Warm pants (fleece or wool)
    • Waterproof pants (consider bringing a second pair so you don’t have to put on soggy pants in the morning)
    • Gaiters*
    • Rain jacket 
    • Down jacket* 
    • Underwear (at least two pairs; synthetic) 
    • Warm hat (wool or synthetic)
    • Sun hat
    • Waterproof gloves/mittens/liner gloves (at least two pairs)
    • Masks (multiple)/Hand sanitizer
  • 10 essentials items
    • Sunglasses/goggles (Polarized, broad spectrum UV protection)
    • Sunscreen, chapstick
    • Bowl, Cup, Spoon
    • Stove + fuel*
    • Water filtration device
    • Water bottles (at least two liters)
    • Headlamp/flashlight (spare batteries and/or second headlamp)
    • Hand/foot warmers
    • Food (1 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner)
  • Extra nice stuff
    • Full change of clothes for in the morning (don't want you to be having to put on frozen clothes you used for digging the day prior)
    • Change of clothes in the car
    • Any other 10 Essentials not mentioned here
    • A pair of extra shoes that you can get wet (an old pair of sneakers, so you don’t have to wear mountaineering boots all day)
    • Toiletries (including blue bag; we won't have access to a bathroom)

Gear pickup: any gear marked with an * above can be borrowed from The Mountaineers. Contact MAC manager for gear borrowing.

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