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 of the Bugaboos, all climbers need the skills to safely travel over glaciers and 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 (Squamish based)

Day 2 – Glacier Travel (Whistler or Squamish backcountry)

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. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

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 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 

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 tonne. 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 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


Scheduled Courses- 2019

May 25, 26 $325 / person

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

June 8, 9 $325 / person

July 6, 7 $325 / person

August 3, 4 $325 / person

Custom Dates on Demand

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

More Details


Day 1- Crevasse Rescue and Rope Skills

Squamish based

  • Understanding 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- Glacier Travel

Squamish or Whistler Backcountry - Gondola pass purchase required!

  • Understanding glacier/ alpine environment
  • Identifying mountain hazard
  • Snow assessments in big or steep terrain
  • Assessing glaciers
  • Navigation
  • Route planning
  • Managing cornices
What's Included
  • 2 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (harness, ice axe, helmet and group gear)
Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Mountaineering boots
  • Transportation to and from meeting point
  • Whistler Blackcomb Day Pass or a Sea to Sky Gondola Day Pass- depending on your group.  You will have to purchase 1 day pass for access to Glacier Travel site ($69 for Whistler, or $42 for Sea to Sky)
Gear List

Day 1- Crevasse Rescue and Rope Skills

Please come prepared to spend the whole day 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 for the day
  • Crevasse Rescue Kit
    • 1 x 1.5m 7mm cord
    • 2 x 5m 7mm cord
    • 2 x shoulder length sling
    • 4 locking carabiners
    • 2 non-locking carabiner
    • Belay device
    • Pulley (optional)
    • Ice screw (16cm min)
    • Ski strap

    We have lots of extra gear so don’t feel you need to bring all the crevasse gear.

Day  2- Glacier Travel

  • Mountaineering Boots, or at least good waterproof hiking boots.
  • Crampons
  • Food
  • Harness, Helmet, Climbing shoes (let us know if you need rentals)


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

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:

Cheque: Only accepted 30 days prior to trip commencement


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. Reasons for Altus canceling a trip include, but are not limited to: unsafe conditions, guide injury, and/or guide illness.

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


  • Insurance is free in entire country


  • Private insurance is recommended


  • 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.


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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.