Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue

How to Travel on Glaciers and What to Do If It Goes Wrong

Whether you are looking to summit the local volcanoes of Mount Garibaldi and Mount Baker, or the alpine rock splitters in the Bugaboos, all climbers need the skills to safely travel over glaciers and the skills to perform a rescue if your partner ever takes a plunge.  These are fundamental skills for any aspiring mountaineer or backcountry skier.  Our Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue course covers how to safely approach a glacier, safely travel across a glacier and how to execute a quick crevasse rescue.

Day 1 – Crevasse Rescue

Day 2 – Glacier Travel

The Goods

Length: 2 Days

Locations: Squamish + Whistler, BC.

Meeting Point: The Squamish Adventure Centre

Prerequisites: Previous mountain climbing or scrambling.

Highlight Skills: Roping up for glacier travel, haul systems and snow anchors.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Summer.

Max Guide to Guest Ratio: 6:1 guest to guide

Price: $325

What You Will Learn

This course will mix together a short classroom session followed by 1.5 days of field practice.  Participants will learn about all the required gear for glacier travel and rescue, a wide range of glacier travel techniques, glaciology and how to perform crevasse rescue in various scenarios.

  • Understanding Mountain Hazards
  • How Crevasses Are Formed
  • Glacier Travel
  • Short Roping for Glacier Travel
  • Pitched Snow Climbing
  • Self Arrest
  • Crevasse Rescue 

I contacted five companies about setting up a custom mountaineering trip and Altus immediately got back to me with all sorts of helpful, informative details. They were much easier and better to work with than all the other companies.

- Michele G

I felt safe and secure, and I learned a ton. Great objective, great weather, great food, and great company - it doesn't get any better than this! Can't wait to get back out there with the Altus guides - don't leave home without 'em!

- Nigel B

Is This for You

Although our Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue course is an introductory course,  basic scrambling or mountaineering experience is required. Participants must also be able to hike up hill for approximately 3 hours to access a glacier terrain.

  • Previous Scrambling or Mountaineering Experience
  • Understanding of Basic Climbing Knots
  • Moderate Fitness (hike up hill for 3 hours)
  • Comfort in Rough and Undulating Terrain

Scheduled Courses- 2018

2018 Dates Coming Soon

Custom Dates on Demand

All listed prices are in CAD and subject to 5% sales tax.

More Details

Itinerary

Itinerary

8:00 am - Meet and greet at the Squamish Adventure Center

8:30 am  - Travel to Smoke Bluff park and head out to the crag (two-minute drive, ten-minute hike)

9:00 am - 4:00 pm - Climbing, learning, and high fives.

4:00 pm - Back to the cars for debriefing and more high fives

What's Included
  • 4 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (shoes, harness, helmet and group gear)
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Transportation to and from meeting point
Gear list

Please come prepared to spend the whole days outside in all types of weather.  It can be anything from cold in the morning as you will be climbing in the shade to very hot in the sun!

  • Full pants or Capris. 
  • T-shirt or long sleeve
  • Warm jacket (sweat shirt, lightweight down jacket)
  • Rain/wind jacket (gore-tex)
  • Warm hat (for colder days)
  • Small back pack (30 litres)
  • Sunglasses
  • Good shoes; running/gym shoes are fine
  • Water, 1 liter
  • Food
  • Harness, Helmet, Climbing shoes (let us know if you need rentals)

Lunch/Water

Please arrive in the morning with food and drink for the day.  This is also available for purchase at the Adventure center

Booking policy

Making a booking

Greater than 14 days from start date

  • 20% deposit is required to secure your guides and or trip. Remaining trip cost is due 14 days

Less than 14 days from start date

  • Trip cost must be paid in full

*Subject to change based on particular trip

Forms of payment

Credit card: Visa, Mastercard

Email transfer: info@altusmountainguides.com

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement

Cancellations

Greater than 30 days from start date

  • Deposit will be refunded in full

30 to 14 days prior to trip commencement

  • Deposit amount will be forfeited

Less than 14 days

  • Full trip amount will be forfeited

*Subject to change based on particular trip

*All cancellations must be received in writing

Cancellations by Altus Mountain Guides

Upon confirming your booking we guarantee the trip departure. If we cancel a trip for any reason prior to the start date a full refund will be provided. If we are forced to cancel a trip for any reason after the trip start date, a full refund for the unused portion of the trip will be provided.

Trip cancellation insurance

Upon confirmation of your trip Altus Mountain Guides enters into financial obligation and cannot refund payment or release you from your contractual obligation except for condition stated below in “Cancellations” Therefore in an effort to avoid unnecessary cancellation penalties, cancellation insurance is strongly recommended in the event you can not participate or if your trip is interrupted “for any reason”. This is available from most travel companies. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our policy or obtaining insurance.

Cancellation insurance

  • Tugo

Medical/Evacuation Insurance

All participants must have personal internationally accepted medical insurance for all activities pertaining to your trip that also includes emergency rescue and evacuation. With your insurance please ensure you will be covered for “roped travel” if booking a technical trip.

*The required insurance depends on location

Canada

  • Insurance is free in entire country

USA

  • Private insurance is recommended

France 

  • Mountain climbing rescue is free

Switzerland, Italy, Austria

  • Privates or alpine club insurance is required.

*Europe: We recommend the following: Austrian alpine club membership, REGA

Additional fees

Longer & more involved routes may have additional premiums, driving, accommodation,& food costs are trip dependent.

Please contact us for details and a full quote.

 

Add-Ons

Warm Up Session

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Squamish Accomodation

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Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.