Tacoma Basic FT 5 - Glacier IV (winter overnight)

Field trip: Basic Climbing Course

Tacoma Basic FT 5 - Glacier IV (winter overnight) - Paradise

Tacoma Basic Climbing FT 5 - Winter Overnight

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  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft

This field trip will be held at Paradise overnight. Your field trip leader will update with meeting time and location.

Tacoma Basic Climbing Course FT 5 - Winter Overnight

Checkpoints: Crevasse Rescue,  Self-Arrest. Practice: Snow Camping, Nutrition, Alpine Start, Roped Glacier Travel, Snow Shelters

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the elements that go into establishing a winter campsite.
  2. Describe and demonstrate a crevasse rescue using 2:1 drop loop system as middle and end climber.
  3. Describe considerations for the construction of a snow cave.
  4. Describe a “running belay,” with some prompting from an instructor.
  5. Describe and demonstrate a 3:1 Z-pulley system, with some prompting from an instructor.
  6. Discuss and describe elements that go into efficient preparation for an alpine start before a glacier climb.
  7. Describe and demonstrate various elements of travel as lead, middle and end climber in a glacier rope team, including appropriate ascending and descending and crampon techniques.
  8. Describe and demonstrate ice axe arrest in multiple orientations (head up-slope and down, on stomach and on back, with and without pack).

Rough Agenda Day 1:
Introductions (10 minutes)
Hike into camping area (TBD)
Set up winter campsite (20 minutes)
Crevasse rescue checkpoint (120 minutes)
*Construct snow cave (20 minutes) (only one snow cave will be built total–each group will continue the efforts of the previous groups)
*Running belay (20 minutes)
*3:1 demo (20 minutes)
*Construct snow kitchen (30 minutes)
Demo crampon, ascending and descending techniques (30 minutes)
Debrief and group dinner (90 minutes)
Prep for following day (30 minutes)
* Small group rotation

Rough Agenda Day 2:
Alpine start buddy check (10 minutes)
Glacier team travel, including crampon, ascending and descending techniques (180 minutes)
Crevasse rescue checkpoint (as needed) (TBD)
Break down camp (60 minutes)
Ice axe arrest checkpoint (90 minutes)
Hike out (TBD)
Debrief (10 minutes)




  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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