Crevasse Rescue + Glacier Travel
Online / Offline Version
Due to the COVID - 19 pandemic, we have adjusted our delivery of Rock and Mountain courses to reduce the chance of gear and individuals' physical contact. As well as limiting any groups of individuals outside of the pre-establish circles.
We are excited to offer all the content covered in our normal courses in a blending online/offline format.
Step 1: Online course - All normal content for the course is delivered online through presentations and videos. Learn more
Step 2: Schedule a time to chat or video chat with your guide—a 20-minute session.
Step 3: Schedule an outdoor session with your guide. This will be a 1:1 ratio to minimize exposure. Households or those confident about their partner, this may be adjusted to 2:1. A 4-hour session for crevasse rescue or an 8-hour session for Glacier Travel. Or combine both for 1.5 days in the field.
*Full day outdoor private courses are available to households or established groups - Learn more
Length: Online + 20 chat + 4 or 8 hour field session
Locations: Online + Squamish, 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: All Summer
Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 2:1*
Price: $390 - $650
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
The Online Course
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
Chat with your instructor
After you have worked through the online course, schedule a session to chat with your instructor. Here you can ask your instructor any questions you might have from the online course session as well as what you will need to do to prepare for your 1:1 in-field session.
- Zoom video call
- Phone call
- Text messaging
The Field Session
Time to take it to the mountains!
Now that you have worked through all the skills online and refined your learning by chatting with your instructor, you will have the time to put it all to practice in the field! This outdoor session will run for 4, 8 hours or 1.5 days at a maximum of 2:1 ratio assuming the same household otherwise 1:1.
- 4, 8 hours or 1.5 days in the field
- 1:1 ratio
- Available location: Squamish, Vancouver, Whistler
The 4-hour session will take place in the valley on a rock climb. Here we will focus on Crevasse Rescue skills.
An 8-hour session will take place in the mountains on a local glacier. Here we will focus on Glacier Travel skills.
A 1.5-day session will combine both sessions listed above.
Available any date June 1 - October 15, 2020
1 participant $290 / person
2 participants $175 / person
1 participant $650 / person
2 participants $375 / person
1.5 day Session
1 participant $890 / person
4 hour + Full-day session
2 participants $495 / person
Did two climbing courses with Altus and both were great! Very skilled and experienced instructors who knew how to pass on their knowledge and let you learn hands on. I can fully recommend Altus for any outdoor course or trip!
- Tim P
Tucker catered the course to our experience levels and I felt that every step was helpful and built upon the previous skill. There was loads of practice time, climb time, and I finished the course feeling confident that I could practice those skills on my own/with friends.
- Alex W
- Online course
- 20-minute online chat with the instructor
- 2 hours of in field instruction with ACMG guide
- All technical equipment (shoes, harness, helmet and group gear)
- Transportation to and from meeting point
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)
- Good shoes; running/gym shoes are fine
- Water, 1 liter
- 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 center
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!!!