Intermediate Glacier Field Trip 1

Field trip: Intermediate Glacier/Alpine Module

Intermediate Glacier Field Trip 1 - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Glacier Field Trip 1 - Managing 3rd class terrain

  • Easy

8 AM @ the club house

Glacier Field Trip 1: One-day field trip. On this field trip you will learn methods for managing travel on “3rd class” terrain (a term that is also commonly used to describe 4th class and low fifth class terrain). You will learn how to use hand-lines and ropes, learn how to anchor natural features, and learn several useful belay anchors, and belaying and lowering methods. Prior to the field trip read the handout “Managing 3rd class terrain" in the manual.


 Versatile strategies for leading ”3rd class” terrain
Using hand-lines and ropes
Useful knots and hitches
Anchored and unanchored belays, intermediate protection with natural anchors
Rappelling 3rd class terrain
Lowering and assisting a follower on 3rd class terrain

Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Bring standard glacier gear:

Carabiners (non-lockers and lockers) 
Short and double length slings
Belay device (Guide Mode ATC - BD ATC or Petzl Reverso)
Trip Reports