Mountaineering Course

Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue

Whether you're looking to summit the local volcanoes of Mount Garibaldi and Mount Baker, or the Bugaboos' alpine rock splitters - all climbers need the skills to travel over glaciers safely and perform a rescue if your partner ever takes a plunge.

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

Our Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue provides the fundamental skills for any aspiring mountaineer or backcountry skier.  The course covers how to approach a glacier, travel across safely, and how to execute a quick crevasse rescue. We spend one night in the backcountry to maximize field time, using practical skills in real mountain terrain.

Due to COVID 19, a portion of this course is now available online! Click here for more information.

Prerequisites: 

Previous mountain climbing or scrambling.

Highlight Skills: 

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

Length

2 Days / 1 Night

Price

$350

Location

Squamish Adventure Centre

Season

All Summer

Difficulty

Beginner Intermediate

Guest / Guide Ratio

6 to 1

Includes

  • 2 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (harness, ice axe, helmet and group gear)

Does Not Include

  • Food
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass or a Sea to Sky Gondola Day Pass- depending on your group. 
  • You will have to purchase a day pass for lift access on day 1 ($83 for Whistler, or $59 for Sea to Sky)

Participants will be immersed into the field for two full days of hard skill training. We'll cover all the required gear for glacier travel and crevasse 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 

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 uphill for approximately 3 hours to access glacier terrain.

Previous Scrambling or Mountaineering Experience
Understanding of Basic Climbing Knots
Moderate Fitness (hike uphill for 3 hours)
Comfortable in Rough and Undulating Terrain

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2023 Dates

TBD
$350 per person + GST

Itinerary

Day 1
8 am-9 am: Meet at the gondola (in Whistler or Squamish, depending on conditions and time of year). Check gear, review trip plan, and upload the gondola. 

9 am-4 pm: Practice Crevasse Rescue and Rope Skills

Understanding the required gear
Snow Anchors
Haul:Drop Loop 3:1, 6:1
Rappel and Rope Climbing
Lowering/ belay into a steep line or cornice
Setting up a rappel 
Roping up for glacier travel

Day 2
9 am-4 pm: Glacier Travel and Navigation Skills

Understanding glacier/ alpine environment
Identifying mountain hazard
Snow assessments in big or steep terrain
Assessing glaciers
Navigation
Route planning
Managing cornices
4 pm-5 pm: Return to the gondola for download and debrief 

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