Seattle MAC Snow 2 Field Trip

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC Snow 2 Field Trip - Mount Baker/Easton Glacier

This is the 2nd snow skills field trip covering more advanced glacier travel techniques including rope teams, crevasse safety / navigation / rescue / raising systems, objective hazard and situational awareness, team dynamics, etc. This trip has prerequisites, see leader's notes for details.

  • Technical 3, Strenuous 3, Basic Glacier Climb, M3G Expert Glacier Ski
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 7,500 ft

Arrive at Program center basement at 5:30am to pick up any gear needed. Leave by 6am. Arrive at Park Butte Trailhead by 9am. 

This is an activity hold for Snow 2 Field trip on Mt. Baker/Easton glacier while Alvaro finds a workaround the website to allow 2 different mountaineer groups at the same location. 

See trip sheet for details.

Group Org Sheet


Prerequisites: Crevasse rescue skills workshop, Snow 1 field trip, and at least 2 crevasse rescue skills practice nights.  

Along with the prerequisites, this field trip will prepare participants to tackle the glaciated peaks of the Cascades such as Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, Glacier Peak, and others. Note that participation in these field trips does not guarantee eligibility for alpine and/or glacier climbs but is a basic requirement. Eligibility will be determined on a case by case basis based upon demonstrating proficiency in the relevant skills and an overall level of competency appropriate for the objective. 


students will earn:


Mount Baker/Easton Glacier

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Camping/snow travel Items

    • Tent (see if you can share with 2-3 others)*
    • Metal, collapsible snow shovel (a few for the group)* 
    • Backpacking backpack
    • Sleeping bag* (optional liner*)
    • Sleeping pad* (could bring two; foam ones will be more insulated)
    • Pack cover or plastic bag for water repellency (optional)

Technical gear

      • Ice axe*
      • Crampons*
      • Helmet*
      • Harness*
      • 1x texas foot prusik + locker
      • 1x waist prusik + locker
      • 1x hero loop prusik + locker
      • 1x rescue pulley + locker
      • 2x HMS lockers
      • 3x non-lockers
      • PA, belay device, lockers for the


        • 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 for around camp (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)
            • Trekking poles*
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