Intermediate Snowshoeing - 2021

Snowshoeing Course

Intermediate Snowshoeing

Intermediate Snowshoeing course. Lecture: Feb 17, Field Trip: March 13 & 27

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This course will take snowshoeing to the next level.

Topics include the proper use of an ice axe, avalanche beacon, probe and shovel. Avalanche awareness including terrain and snow pack evaluation, and winter survival.

This is definitely a more aggressively approached course and destinations do matter but, as in the Basic Snowshoe course, safety is always paramount.

* Basic Snowshoe course or equivalent is a prerequisite for  this course.

Course Dates:

Lecture: Wednesday February 17, 2021 7:00PM - 9:30PM at Tacoma Mountaineers Program Center or Online Classroom.

Field trips are  tentative and subject to change.

Field Trip #1: Saturday March 13, 2021
Field Trip #2: Saturday March 27, 2021

We try really hard to get out on the given field trip date but conditions that are unsafe or not conducive to practicing the required skills may force us to reschedule. Rescheduled trips will be set for the following week with all the other details remaining the same. Should that one need to be rescheduled, we will repeat the process until the field trip can be held. As more advanced students, we will be more likely to do the field trip even if weather itself is less than wonderful. Please be as flexible as possible.

Family Discount Information: Info

Graduation Requirements:

  • Attend Intermediate Snowshoeing lecture,
  • Attend Intermediate Snowshoeing field trips (2)
  • Complete two Mountaineers snowshoe trips (rated S3+,T3+)
  • Completion of Wilderness Navigation course
  • Completion of Wilderness First Aid course
  • Completion of a conservation activity

Please note:  Students must complete the lecture, online classroom, and field trips during the first year.  There will be a fee charged to second year students needing to make up lecture and field trip activities.  Students may take up to three years to complete the Navigation, Wilderness First Aid, and conservation requirements.  

Link: Tacoma Snowshoeing Committee

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Items required for the field trip include the following:

  • Ice axe
  • Climbing helmet
  • Eye protection - glacier glasses/sun glasses. Consider clear/yellow lenses for flat light conditions

* Eye protection required for ice axe skills test.

Course Materials

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