Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue

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

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.

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.

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 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 

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 Course 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 2021

May 15-16 $350 / person

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

June 5-6 $350 / person

July 10-11 $350 / person

August 7-8 $350 / person

August 21-22 $350 / person

Custom Dates on Demand

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

More Details


Warm Up Session
Squamish Accommodation

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.