Intermediate Field Trip #1 Winter Overnight

Field trip: Intermediate Alpine Climbing Program

Intermediate Field Trip #1 Winter Overnight - Paradise

Tacoma Intermediate Winter Overnight Fieldtrip/Bullion Basin, Crystal Mountain

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft

Crystal Mountain Ski Resort - Upper Parking Lot C - 2/24 - Time 0700

Learning Objectives:
· Learn and/or practice the fundamentals of winter snow travel, steep snow travel, responsibilities of an intermediate as a rope lead on a glacier climb, application of avy knowledge, wand placement, snow anchors, belay techniques and intro to Z by C crevasse rescue.
· Build and spend the night in an emergency snow shelter consisting of a snow cave, trench or igloo. Tents are NOT permitted.

1. Snowshoe/ski to camp.
2. Prepare a snow camp—snow trench, igloo, or snow cave
3. Responding to winter scenarios
4. Introduction to steep snow techniques
5. Snow belay and anchors
6. Responsibilities as a rope lead on basic glacier climbs

7. Introduction to alternative crevasse rescue techniques (Z by C)
Note: Skis may be used instead of snowshoes if you are comfortable skiing with a full pack on moderate slopes.




  • 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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Required Equipment

Required Equipment


  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • 2 Pickets
  • 2 Rescue Pulleys
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • Snow Saw
  • Snowshoes or Skis
  • Ski Poles
  • 1 Stove per 2 Climbers
  • 10 Wands
  • Sleeping Bag & Pad
  • Bivy Sack or Tarp
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Garbage & Blue bags
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