Intermediate Lecture #2 - Snow Skills

Lecture: Intermediate Glacier/Alpine Module

Intermediate Lecture #2 - Snow Skills - Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Intermediate Lecture 2 - Snow Skills - Snow travel, anchors, and belays

  • Moderate

Tacoma Clubhouse 7pm, upstairs classroom

1. Lecture prep work:

2. Discussion:

  • Insights, questions, and lessons learned from the trip planning exercise.
  • Choosing appropriate snow travel/anchors/belay techniques over a few different scenarios.
  • Questions/clarification on the lecture topics or reading.

3. Skills  Practice (stations):

  • Belaying follower in guide mode
  • Transition to lowering while belaying
  • Passing a picket
  • Block and tackle.

4. Homework

  • Make sure you are prepared for the field trip. 
    • Field Trip Day 1 focuses on:
      • Building Shelters
      • Snow Anchors
      • Snow Belays
    • Field Trip Day 2 focuses on:
      • Roping up
      • Testing 6:1 Canadian Drop loop
  • Get ready for the exam.

Mountaineers Tacoma Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  •  Pen and paper for notes
  • Glacier climb plan
  • Basic Glacier gear and a cordelette
  • Extra single and double slings/runners
  • 2 extra locking carabiners
  • Belay device with guide mode with
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