Snow Fields have crevasses / moats, as do glaciers. Ice axe use, self arrest, team arrests, and crevasse self rescue and partner rescue are part of the game. Risk Exposure Rating is approximately 30+ Understanding and having these skills are essential to the Alpine Mountaineering Experience Practicing these skills are essential.
Alpine Mountaineering – practice
Objective is to have a good adventure while maintaining a Risk Exposure of 30 or less.
Our “excuse” to do something or get together; is Practice Alpine Mountaineering Skills. We do this while hiking/climbing up a steep snow fields (Alpine Neve’). We start by setting up some basic snow anchors for belaying, practice various self arrests and belay skills: Ice axe belays, self arrest: the four primary arrest positions, and team arrests. Similar to what is found on pages 343=>360 9th edition (The Bible or sorts) Mountaineering the freedom of the hills) Then if conditions are good we can practice team arrests, and… (If you would like to buy a copy from me, just email me, or I should have the online store going soon. Thanks
Alpine Mountaineering Equipment Required: Ice Axe (Alpine) Helmet, Crampons, Seat Harness, several biners, Gloves, appropriate clothing, Ten E’s,
 Risk Exposure is a tangible way of communicating the risks involved. Simply to say, “be safe” does not communicate the risks someone is exposed to. This is a tangible way of communicating danger. A number of 25 or less is generally what most mature somewhat experienced people would call safe. 26 to 50 is elevated risk, but with proper training and equipment it is considered reasonably safe. 51 to 100 is no man’s land. We want to stay out of that area and the closer we get to 100 the more likely we will die, and/or incur serious property damage.
 An excuse to go is often the summit, the reason is to enjoy the out of doors and each other company.
Basic ice axe skills are assumed before thinking about these other skills. This is one way for protecting yourself while traveling on a glacier. Not meant to be a definitive text on the subject, nor as instruction, just some ideas, and thoughts.
Mt Rainier makes for a great place to practice these advanced skills. Roped travel skills are important while on unknown snow fields, and glacier. Even Timpanogos has killed, three people in the same moat.
Three people died and they closed the Mountain for a while, due to the incident.
The neat thing about this system is it can be used in any and all situations: It is a way of labeling the risks involved, or the “Risks we are Exposed to “Risk Exposure”
All hazards have a “Potential” of Occurring. If they do not occur, “no hazard. The other part is “Risk Factor” or how serious the consequences of a mistake. Crossing a lake with one inch of ice on it has a high risk potential, but if it is only one foot deep (risk factor) it is not too dangerous. On the other hand, if it were 30 deep, the “risk factor” could be deadly. Multiply the RP by the RF, to get the RE Read on to better understand how to communicate risk exposure, rather than labeling something safe, not safe, kind of safe, not too dangerous, or . . .