It is hard to imagine a better course setting than the heavily glaciated terrain of the Coleman, Roosevelt and Deming Glaciers. Over the course of the three days you will also get an opportunity to summit Mount Baker. Taught by our Splitboarding Guide, Jere Burrell, this is a learn-on-the-go course with a full curriculum. Prior splitboarding touring experience and good fitness are a prerequisite.
Intinerary:Day one: We will meet in the little town of Glacier, WA and commute up the Glacier Creek Road to the vicinity of the Heliotrope Ridge trailhead. We might have to walk a mile or so on the road before we get to climb up to the Hogsback Camp via old growth forest or the upper reaches of Glacier Creek. Either way we will make our camp at around 6000 feet. This should give us enough time to cover the following topics.• Revision of the basics of a splitboard touring course• The difference between splitboard touring and splitboard mountaineering explained• Equipment specific to splitboard mountaineering• Mapwork and time calculations reviewed•The basic function of a glacier explained Day two: After a leisurely start we will move camp to a spectacular camp on the Coleman Glacier at around 7200 feet. Becoming efficient at braking down and setting up camp is part of the course and can prove invaluable on future multi day touring adventures. In the afternoon we will work on the following:• Crevasse formation and crevasse fall prevention• Glacier travel on a splitboard• Roped travel on splitboard - uphill and downhill• Snow anchors in a splitboard mountaineering setting• Crevasse rescue for splitboard mountaineering• Self rescue for splitboard mountaineering Day three: From our camp we climb up the Coleman Glacier under the North Face of Colfax Peak to the Coleman Deming Col and onward to the summit via the Roman Wall. There should be enough time during the climb to cover the following course topics:• Rappelling • Basic snow climbing• White-out navigation in crevassed terrain• The principles of short-roping• Elaborate rescue sled "construction"• Improvised rescue sled Day Four: This day is reserved a weather day or a great tour across the Coleman and Roosevelt Glacier to the Mazama Col. This should really illustrate what glaciated ski touring is all about. We also have the option to practice the topics listed below before we head back down to the car via Glacier Creek.• Beacon search reviewed• Multiple beacon search• Avalache safety and incident prevention reviewed• Emergency bivouac construction The course takes place on the north side of Mount Baker on the Coleman Glacier. It is hard to imagine a better course setting than the heavily glaciated terrain of the Comeman, Roosevelt and Deming Glacier. Over the course of the four days you will also get an opportunity to summit Mount Baker. This is a learn on the go course with a full curriculum. Prior ski touring experience and good fitness are a prerequisite.
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CLOTHING BASE LAYERo 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweighto Non-Cotton Underwearo 1 or 2 Tops - midweight or lightweighto Sock Liners - 2 or 3 pairo Ski Socks - 2 pair MID LAYERo Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessaryo Schoeller™ type pants - soft shell OUTERWEARo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacketo Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Pants o Warm Hat - should cover earso Sun Hat - baseball type or visoro Lightweight Gloveso Ski Gloves INSULATIONo Down or Synthetic Jacket
PERSONAL GEARo Internal Frame Pack - 50 Liter (3100 cu in.) minimumo Sleeping Bag - down or synthetic, 15º F to 20º F minimumo Compression Sack - for sleeping bag o Sleeping Pad - closed cell foam or self inflatingo Headlamp - lightweight LED recommendedo Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide moutho Bowl or Cupo Utensilso Small Knifeo Sunglasses - adequate for snow travelo Goggleso Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproofo Lip Balm - SPF 15+o Lightero Personal Toiletries o Small Personal 1st aid kit and blister repair (Compeed™)
SPLITBOARDING GEARo Splitbardo Splitboard Boots o Ski Poles - telescopic poles work well, but not requiredo Climbing Skinso Splitboard Crampons - THESE ARE REQUIRED! SAFETY GEARo Transceiver - single frequency, 457 kHz onlyo Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferredo Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
TECHNICAL GEARo Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length, lightweighto Boot Crampons - check fit prior to departureo Anti-Ball plates - for cramponso Climbing Harness - lightweight, BD Alpine Bod style (no padding)CREVASSE RESCUE KITo 4 Locking Biners - at least 1 large HMS style and 1 regular lockero 4 Non-locking Biners - any style, we prefer wire gate typeo 1 - 6 meter Cordelette (6mm)o 1 - 3 meter Cordelette (6mm)o 1 Single Length Runner (60cm)o 1 Double Length Runner (120cm)
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