Intermediate Snow Skills Module - Tacoma - 2019

Climbing Course

Intermediate Glacier/Alpine Module

Learn the skills necessary to be a competent basic glacier rope leader.

This course is designed for  Basic Grads and Tacoma Intermediate Program Students to progress their understanding of snow anchors, snow belays, and roped glacier travel in order to enable them to become competent basic glacier rope leaders. During this module you will also practice winter shelter camping and we will also introduce 2 person glacier travel. 

Required Reading:

Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 9th Edition,

Chapter 3 - Camping, Food, and Water

Chapter 16 - Snow Travel and Climbing

Chapter 17 - Avalanche Safety

Chapter 18 - Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue

Chapter 27 - The Cycle of Snow

Snow Anchors for Belaying and Rescue. D. Bogie, A. Fortini.

Self Arrest with Crampons. J. Martin.


 Recommended Reading:

  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, 2nd edition, Bruce Tremper, ISBN 1594850844
  • Snow Sense, J.Fredston and D.Fester, ISBN 0964399407
  • Snow Travel: Skills for Climbing, Hiking, and Moving Over Snow. M. Zawaski.      


  1. Tacoma Intermediate Program Student
  2. If new to the program, you must be signed up and teach at one of the following tacoma basic field trips: FT1 Prep, FT1 or FT2. If you are not new to the program you must be in good standing with the Intermediate Committee on teaching credit requirements (caught up with all other module teaching requirements and/or head by 1 credit, or signed up to teach at one of the above field trips).
  3. Have completed or signed up to take AIARE Level 1
Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Everything you needed for basic glacier travel plus:

- a second picket

- a second pulley

- 5mm texas prusiks and extra loop




Course Materials

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