After completing the Mountaineers Basic Climbing Course in 1997, I began taking the multi-year Intermediate Course in 1998. Of all the things we learned during the several field trips the first year, the nicest new skill was ice climbing. This two-day field trip provided our first exposure to ice climbing technique, both for moderate angle glacier ice and more vertical alpine ice (using glacial seracs for practice).
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|Starting Elevation:||3200 ft (1000 m)||Weather Conditions:||Cloudy, some sun; moderate winds|
|Highest Elevation:||6000 ft (1800 m)||Temperature:||40-60 F (5-15 C)|
|Roundtrip Distance:||10 miles (16 km)||Visibility:||Poor, cloudy and foggy|
This was the Ice 1 field trip for the Mountaineers Intermediate Climbing Course,
with a party of twenty led by Kurt Hanson.