Intermediate Field Trip #5 Hard Snow / Ice Climbing 1

Field trip: Intermediate Alpine Climbing Program

Intermediate Field Trip #5 Hard Snow / Ice Climbing 1 - Observation Rock/North Face

This field trip practices the fundamentals of traveling on steep hard snow including anchor placement, crampon techniques, ice axe techniques, swinging leads on steep snow/ice as well as testing the Z by C rescue method.

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  • Intermediate Ice Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft

7AM Mowich Lake

This field trip will cover the fundamentals of traveling on hard, steep snow slopes, placing anchors in hard snow, crampon technique, and ice climbing techniques of low dagger, high dagger, traction, etc.

Skills include:

- belay anchors and running belays

-Swinging leads on multi-pitch snow and ice slopes

- French and German crampon techniques

-Z by C crevasse rescue technique test

-Traversing steep slopes

- Rapelling and recovering rappel anchors on snow slopes

- Building anchor systems


Observation Rock/North Face

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

harness, helmet, 12 point crampons, belay gloves, ice axe, 3 ice screws, 2 rescue pulleys, leader tie-off, 10 Es, 4 single runners, 8 carabiners, second ice tool, 3 prussic slings, chest sling, 2 double runners, 4 locking biners, 1 rope per 2 climbers, overnight gear, belay device 2 pickets, cordelette.

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