Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Snow 2

Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Course

Tacoma Scrambling Field Trip - Snow 2 - Castle-Pinnacle Saddle

Snow II Tacoma Alpine Scrambles Field Trip

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  • Strenuous 3, Technical 4, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,400 ft

Meet at Longmire visitor center. Meeting time to be discussed at preceding lecture.

Snow II Field Trip for Tacoma Alpine Scrambles students. Students will be tested on the following: 1. Ice axe (parts and how to carry) 2. Moving in balance – Turning in balance 3. Ice Axe Self Belay 4. Kicking steps - Snow Travel in Groups 5. Rest step 6. Plunge stepping 7. Sidehill traversing on steep slopes 8. Ice Axe Arrest - sitting, face down, upside down on back (all with and without pack). Meet at the parking lot at Longmire at 0730 Saturday morning, boots on ready to go.

This trip is not open to people outside the scrambles class.


students will earn:


Pinnacle, Plummer, Denman, Lane & The Castle

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    USGS Mt Rainier West

    Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ice axe, winter gear, boots, 10 essentials, etc. Gear requirements to be discussed at preceding lecture.

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