Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Course

Skills to Avoid Crevasses and What to Do if You Don't

Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue is the essential course for any skier or rider looking to venture into glaciated terrain.  Whether you are crossing glaciers or boot packing over bergschrunds, if you ski in big mountains you will spend lots of time on glaciers.  Learn how to safely travel across glaciers and learn what to do if you or your partner take the plunge!  Glacier dynamics, glacier assessment, risk factors, glacier travel and companion rescue (crevasse extraction) are the focus of this 2-day course.

 

Course Dates: December 7/8, December 21/22, December 28/29, January 18/19, February 8/9, February 29/March 1.

 

Courses available in Squamish & Vancouver, BC upon request.

 

The Goods

Length: 2 Days

Locations: Day 1 in Squamish, Day 2 in Whistler

Meeting point: The Common

Prerequisites: Previous ski touring experience, AST 1 (or equivalent) and good fitness.

Highlight Skills: Assessing glaciers, roping up on glaciers and crevasse rescue roped & unroped.

Season: Scheduled Dates All Winter

Max. Guest to Guide Ratio: 6:1

Price: $325

 

What You Will Learn

Our Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel course covers the gear necessary for glacier travel and rescue as well as a wide range of glacier travel techniques, glaciology and how to perform crevasse rescue in various scenarios.

Day 1 – Crevasse Rescue and Rope Skills (Squamish)

  • Understanding required gear

  • Snow anchors

  • Haul: drop loop, 3:1, 6:

  • Rappel and rope climbing

  • Lowering/belay into to steep line or cornice

  • Setting up rappel in snow

  • Roping up for glacier travel

Day 2 – Glacier Travel (Whistler)

  • Understanding glacier, alpine environment, crevasse formation, bergschrund formation

  • Identify mountain hazard

  • Snow assessments in big and or steep terrain

  • Assessing glaciers

  • Navigation

  • Route planning

  • Managing cornices

I just completed the Crevasse Rescue Course with Holly.  She was an excellent instructor - very patient, knowledgable, and excellent at explaining systems and why they work.  There was a mixed skill and experience level in our group and it was great to be able to tailor each persons goals and training appropriate to their experience and what will suit them best to travel safely in the mountains. 

- Ben

I want to say a big thank you to the Altus team for enabling my future multi-pitch adventures, I feel really good about how today's course has prepared me for the big leagues 🙂

- Mark T

Is This for You

If you have logged some time backcountry skiing or climbing and are ready to push up into glaciated alpine terrain.

  • Moderate Ski Touring Experience

  • Excellent Ski or Board Ability (Black Diamonds)

  • Good Fitness (500 - 1000m/Day)

Scheduled Courses 2019 / 2020

December 3, 4 $325 / person

Midweek Course

December 7, 8 $325 / person

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

December 21, 22 $325 / person

December 28, 29 $325 / person

January 6, 7 $325 / person

Midweek Course

January 18, 19 $325 / person

February 8, 9 $325 / person

February 29, March 1 $325 / person

Add-On

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1

9am-11am: Meet at the Common. Review knots, theory, and rope work.

11am-4pm: Head to Smoke Bluffs to simulate crevasse rescue scenarios and practice rope skills on rock

Students should be prepared to spend the entire day outside in the elements. Warm layers, sturdy footwear, gloves, and hardshells are recommended. Ski gear will not be required this day, but mountaineering gear (harness and crevasse rescue kits) will be used. 

Day 2

8am-9am: Meet at Handlebar, review conditions and discuss trip plan.

9am-4pm: Upload gondola and tour to Whistler/Blackcomb backcountry, where we cover glacier travel topics and practice a crevasse rescue on snow.

All ski touring, avalanche safety gear, and mountaineering gear (harness, crevasse rescue kit, and axe) will be required.

What's Not Included
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment 
  • Whistler Blackcomb Backcountry Lift Ticket
  • Lunch
  • Transportation
What's Included
  • 2 Full Days of Instruction with ACMG Guide
  • All Technical Equipment (harness, crevasse rescue and group gear)
Gear List

Avalanche Gear

  • Avalanche beacon
  • Probe
  • Shovel

Hardware

  • Backcountry skis or split-board (skis, skins, poles)
  • General mountaineering axe (steel) I will have a couple on hand as well
  • Harness
  • 30 litre backpack or large enough to carry personal and some group gear 
  • Rope - We will provide but feel free to bring what ever rope you would be using personally, so you can practice with it.

Crevasse rescue kit

  • 1 x 1.5m 7mm cord
  • 2 x 5m 7mm cord
  • 2 x double 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.

Clothing

  • Waterproof/breathable jacket and pants
  • Lightweight breathable jacket and pants (for uphill skinning/climbing)
  • Insulated jacket (synthetic insulated jacket is strongly recommended)
  • Lightweight gloves for climbing/skinning
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hats
  • Balaclava or other types of neck warmer

Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sun screen
  • Sun hat
  • Ski strap
  • Small personal ski repair kit
  • Personal first aid, medication
  • Camera

Lunch/Water

Please arrive in the morning with food and drink for the day.

Booking Policy

Please take a moment to read and understand our policies before booking! Booking, payment, cancelation and weather policies, as well as FAQ may be found here.

 

 

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.

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