Intermediate Glacier/Alpine Module - 2020

Climbing Course

Intermediate Glacier/Alpine Module

This module consists of the glacier, snow, and ice portion of the Tacoma Intermediate Alpine Climbing Program.

Leading glacier and alpine climbs requires some scrambling and minimal rock leading skills. In the past these skills were acquired incidentally during an intermediate course that combined glacier and rock training into a single course. Modularization requires adding a day of scramble/easy rock lead training so that glacier/alpine module graduates can competently lead routes that include sections of 3rd to 4th class rock. 

The glacier/alpine module also includes a weekend of alpine ice training. Although this training is not required to serve as a rope leader on basic glacier and alpine climbs, it may be required on some intermediate alpine and glacier climbs and it is certainly required on all intermediate ice climbs.  

The goals of the glacier/alpine module include developing sufficient skill to serve as a rope leader on Basic glacier climbs and sufficient skill to swing leads on intermediate glacier, mountaineering and ice climbs.

Course Schedule: 

Lecture 1: 2/6

Lecture 2: 2/12

Practice clinic 1: 2/25

Glacier Field Trip 1: 3/7

Practice Clinic 2: 3/12

Glacier Field Trip 2: 3/14 & 3/15 

Lecture 3: 7/30

Glacier Field Trip 3: 8/1 & 8/2  Or

Glacier Field Trip 3 (Alt date): 8/8 & 8/9 

Practice Clinic 3: 8/13

Glacier Field Trip 4 8/15 & 8/16 /2020 Or

Glacier Field Trip 4 (Alt date) 9/5 & 9/6 / 2020


Basic Course field trip instruction requirements:

Field trip 1 prep 2/15 or 16

Field trip 1 2/22 or 23

Field trip 3 3/28-29

Field trip 6 & 7 prep 5/30 or 31

Field trip 6 & 7 6/6 & 6/7

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Additional badges needed to graduate


Required Equipment

See the manual for required gear 



Course Materials

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