Snow 2 - Organizers Guide

WEEKEND OVERVIEW & GOALS

PLANNING THE WEEKEND

Survey for soliciting volunteers

Big Creek Campground info:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=31200&actid=29

STUDENT GEAR LIST

ESSENTIALS

☐ USGS map (USGS Rainier East & Rainier West OR Green Trails Mt Rainier Climbing Map, 1 per group)

☐ Compass

☐ LED headlamp

☐ Pocket knife

☐ Waterproof matches

☐ First Aid kit

☐ Water (3 L capacity)

☐ Extra food and snacks

☐ Sunscreen

☐ Lip balm w/ SPF

☐ Trekking poles

☐ Emergency bivy

☐ Duct tape

☐ Hand and toe (optional) warmers

☐ Optional: Blue bag (optional, but very good idea though!)

☐ Daypack

CLOTHING (NO COTTON!)

☐ Optional: bandana (only acceptable cotton)

☐ Cold-weather hat

☐ Sun hat

☐ Light & heavy winter gloves

☐ Overmitts (weatherproof)

☐ Long-sleeve baselayer top

☐ Mid-layer top

☐ Puffy jacket

☐ Rain jacket w/ hood

☐ Buff or balaclava

☐ Underwear

☐ Baselayer bottoms

☐ Softshell pants

☐ Rain pants

BOOTS AND FOOTWEAR

☐ Mountaineering boots

☐ (2) pairs of heavy socks

☐ Gaiters

☐ Optional: liner socks (& extra pair)

CLIMBING

☐ Helmet

☐ Harness

☐ Ice axe w/ leash

☐ (3) locking carabiners

☐ (4) non-locking carabiners

☐ Belay/rappel device

☐ Rescue pulley

☐ Personal prusik

☐ Personal anchor

☐ (2) single runners, (1) double-length runner

☐ Autoblock

☐ Texas prusik (both waist and foot loops)

☐ Chest harness

☐ Crampons

☐ Picket

☐ Wands (8-9)

CAMP GEAR (for car camping)

☐ Tent

☐ Sleeping bag

☐ Sleeping pad

KITCHEN (for car camping)

☐ Stove

☐ Fuel

☐ Cooking pot

☐ Bowl, spoon, cup

☐ Overnight food and drinks

GOOD IDEAS - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

☐ Plastic bags (3mm garbage compactor ideal)

☐ Thermos

☐ Plastic boots (rent them)

OPTIONAL

☐ Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush, etc.)

☐ Pack towel (used to dry inside of tent, feet, wet gear)

☐ Tarp (for gear checks)

CLASS/GROUP GEAR

Vertical Ice Station gear details

We set up 4 anchors last year. We also had a couple of extra screws to use for demos.

Instructors should lend 2-3 sets of ice tools.

Each anchor had:

3-4 screws

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

STATION CURRICULUM

INSTRUCTOR ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

For instructors:

If you are planning on camping Friday and Saturday night, you will need to reserve a campsite. The students will be staying at Big Creek. We have reserved campsites 14,15,16,19, 20 for the students. There are lot of campsites still open so please make sure to reserve a spot. Each campsite can host 6 people, 2 cars.

Creek Campground is around 45 to 60 minutes to Paradise.

Forest Service Big Creek page:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=31200&actid=29

Main Big Creek site at recreation.gov:

http://www.recreation.gov/camping/big-creek/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74098

Here is the site map that shows the maximum number of people allowed per site:

http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Big_Creek/r/campsiteSearch.do?search=site&page=siteresult&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=74098

CONTACT INFORMATION / RESOURCES

LESSONS LEARNED

  • Improve process for booking campsite reservations for instructors. Perhaps include them in the accommodations survey when determining how many sites to reserve.

  • For Prusik Cafe, try to have an instructor go down each station the day before to ensure that students can prusik out without too much difficulty.

  • Vertical ice should be on Sunday to ensure that students already know how to put crampons on.

  • Leave sled at trailhead and bring in only if there's an emergency. Handy if there's a skier who can convert their skis to rescue sled.

  • At Prusik Cafe, we had 2 bollards with 2 ropes on them each. This worked out well.

  • At Prusik Cafe, ensure that all instructors know how to do crevasse rescue (i.e. direct haul, pulley rescue). Update Prusik Cafe doc.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Nearest hospitals

ERP Plan:

Click <insert link> for last year's ERP. Make sure all content and contacts are up to date prior to the weekend