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, you will spend lots of time on glaciers if you ski in big mountains. 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.
Courses available in Squamish & Vancouver, BC, upon request.
Online course offered here.
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
What You Will Learn
Our Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel course covers the gear necessary for glacier travel and rescue and 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 the required gear
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, an alpine environment, crevasse formation, bergschrund formation
Identify mountain hazard
Snow assessments in big and or steep terrain
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.
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 2021/2022
All prices are in CAD and subject to 5% sales tax.
December 1 - 2 $339 / person
December 4 - 5 $339 / person
December 18 - 19 $339 / person
December 29 - 30 $339 / person
January 15 - 16 $339 / person
February 5 - 6 $339 / person
February 16 - 17 $339 / person
March 12 - 13 $339 / person
March 23 - 24 $339 / person
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!!!