Seattle MAC - Snow 1 Field Trip

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - Snow 1 Field Trip - Stevens Pass Ski Area

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.

  • Casual
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft

See Trip Sheet for details. 

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:


Stevens Pass Ski Area

  • USGS Stevens Pass

    USGS Labyrinth Mtn

    Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176

    Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

snow travel items

    • 1-2person tent*
    • Metal, collapsible snow shovel*
    • Snowshoes* 
    • Trekking poles*
    • Backpacking backpack
    • Pack cover or plastic bag for water repellence

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
    • 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
    • Hand/foot warmers

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

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