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. We spend one night in the backcountry to maximize field time, practicing practical skills in real mountain terrain.

The Goods

Length: 2 Days, 1 Night

Locations: Squamish or Whistler, BC.

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: $350

What You Will Learn

Participants will be submersed 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 

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- 2020

May 16, 17 $350 / person

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

June 6, 7 $350 / person

July 11, 12 $350 / person

August 8, 9 $350 / person

Custom Dates on Demand

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

More Details


Below is a sample itinerary. Material covered each day will depend on location and conditions. 

Day 1

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

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

  • 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

4pm: Set up camp and debreif 

Day 2

8am-9am: Wake up, breakfast, and take down camp

9am-4pm: 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

4pm-5pm: Return to gondola for download and debrief 

What's Included
  • 2 full days of instruction with ACMG guide
  • All technical equipment (harness, ice axe, helmet and group gear)
  • Tent, stove, pots, fuel
Not Included
  • Food
  • 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 a day pass for lift access on day 1 ($59 for Whistler, or $44 for Sea to Sky)
Gear List
  • Boots- sturdy leather or corder leather with lug soles and good ankle support 
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axe
  • Helmet- designed for climbing
  • Harness- less than 10 years old
  • Backpack: >40L (big enough to fit personal gear and portion of group gear)
  • Hiking Poles (collapsible poles with summer, hiking basket)
  • Crevasse Rescue Kit
  • Base Layers (thermals: top, bottoms, socks)
  • Climbing Layers (mid weight soft shell jacket and pants)
  • Waterproof Shells (pants and jacket)
  • Insulated Jacket (down or synthetic)
  • Warm Headwear
  • Gloves (2 pairs- one lighter weight for climbing and one for colder temps)
  • Sleeping Bag (temperature depending on location of course)
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent (3 or 4 season tent)
  • Sandals or Shoes for around camp
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lip protection
  • Water Bottle/ Thermos
  • Headlamp
  • Camera
Booking Policy

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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.