Intermediate Glacier Field Trip 2

Field trip: Intermediate Glacier/Alpine Module

Intermediate Glacier Field Trip 2 - Paradise

On this field trip we cover essential glacier travel skills. The purpose of the field trip is to prepare you for your first glacier rope leads. Successful completion of this field trip is required to serve as a glacier rope leader. You will be tested on your mastery of the 6:1 drop loop system for crevasse rescue.

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  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft


Day 1:
Expedition camp set-up (tents, protective walls, cooking)
Snow anchors practice: pickets, ice axe anchors, bollards.
Belaying and lowering techniques
Roping up versus climbing unroped (short lecture)
Roping up  (Kiwi coils, inter-climber distance, isolation loops, knotted versus unknotted rope)
French technique practice (ice axe and crampon use on moderately steep terrain)
Other content as taught by the field trip leader and instructors
Day 2:
Crevasse rescue practice and final assessment: 6:1 drop loop system.
Introduction to the Double Mariner haul (7:1) and/or Team C haul (optional following passing the 6:1 drop loop assessment)). 
Note: Successful completion of the glacier/alpine module up to this point, in part, qualifies the student to serve as a basic glacier rope leader.


  • 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

Glacier travel gear
Helmet, prusiks, harness, carabiners (non-lockers and lockers) 
Ice axe
Couple short and double length slings
Belay device (Guide Mode ATC - BD ATC or Petzl Reverso)
Optional - Micro traxion or Tibloc
Sleeping bag
Sleeping pad
10 E's
Extra gloves
Extra layers for cold weather
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