mountaineering - alpine ice workshop - February 12, 2023

This workshop will be for those who want to learn how to break into intermediate level mountaineering on big mountains (e.g. Mt Rainier DC/Emmons/Ingraham Direct/Kautz - grade II with heavily glaciated terrains & high altitude, Mt Baker North Ridge - grade III). Specifically, this workshop will focus on skills and techniques for alpine ice (an alpine ice route in the rugged glaciated terrain). We will have an instructor from the U's Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Previous ice climbing and/or snow mountaineering experience required. Topics to be covered: Water ice v. glacier ice, Movement skills on steep ice slope, Basic ice anchors, Rappelling, Route management skills, Gear appropriate for North Ridge of Mt. Baker. Required gear: climbing helmet, ice axe (ideally, 2 ice tools), harness, carabiners, 10-point or 12-point steel crampons, belay device, mountaineering boots compatible with your crampons. In addition, bring the following gear if you have: ice screws, slings, quick draws, alpine draws, V-thread tool, PAS/tether, and single dry ropes. Some participants may have extra gear that can be shared with other participants. There are also local rental shops if you need to rent some gear. Instruction donation - $20/person. Limit 15 participants. Approximately 8 am-2 pm. Location TBA. Registration is required. When you register, please include the information about your experience in ice climbing (e.g. WI level) and snow mountaineering (e.g. peaks and routes that you have made), what gear you have (please be specific as much as possible), and what big mountains that you want to climb in the next several years. WMC members only. Registrants will receive more detailed info.

Organizer:Akiko Kamimura
Date:Sun Feb 12 2023
Meeting Place:Registration required