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Summer Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel

Summary

  • Cost:
  • $159

Location: Whistler/Squamish  Duration: 1 Day  Fitness: Good  Ability: Intermediate  Prerequisites: Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel course  

Practice your crevasse rescue skills with our Crevasse Rescue Refresher course. This one day course reviews the rope skills you previously learned in the full 2 day Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel course. Regular practice of these skills is the best way to ensure you are confident of your technique when you need it most.

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Course Information

This crevasse rescue refresher course features our own efficient, effective, light and fast crevasse rescue system. This course is intended only as a refresher for students who have already completed the full 2 day course and wish to review and practice their skills.

An important point that differentiates our course from others is the un-roped victim course component. This includes rappelling and ascending into and out of a crevasse to perform rescue of an un-roped victim – an essential skill considering over 85% of glacier skiing is performed un-roped.

Practice the following knots before the course: Figure 8 on a Bight; Clove-Hitch; Munter-Hitch; Girth-Hitch; Auto-Block; and Munter-Mule.

*All Courses subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if minimum number has not been reached.

  • Introductions, safety discussion, harness fitting, sign waivers.
  • Drive to the field location.
  • Lesson 1: Review the crevasse rescue kit and equipment check
  • Lesson 2: Equalized anchors, knots, and rappelling
  • Lesson 3: Ascending the rope – prussic, ratchet, reverse
  • Lesson 4: Situational awareness, review hazards
  • Lesson 5: Glacier travel rope handling & crevasse rescue
  • Lesson 6: Dividing the rope – tying into the rope/triple action carabiner, stowing extra rope
  • Lesson 7: The prussic – tying in, daisy chaining and deploying
  • Lesson 8: Arresting the fall, holding the victim and anchor building
  • Lesson 9: Backing up anchor and approaching the lip
  • Lesson 10: Canadian drop loop system demo – measuring, dropping and clipping the drop loop.
  • Lesson 11: Incorporating a ratchet – different types of ratchets
  • Lesson 12: First raise method, z-pulley raising system, adding advantage.
  • Lesson 13: Reversing the raise & lowering
  • Lunch Break
  • Lesson 14: Crevasse Rescue Scenario
  • Lesson 15: Problem-solving specific scenarios
  • Course Finish:

Crevasse Rescue Kit

  • Harness
  • 1 Auto-block device (Petzl Reverso or Black Diamond ATC Guide)
  • 4 locking carabiners
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • 1 x 120cm sling
  • 2 x 5m 7mm prussik
  • 1 x 1.5m 7mm prussik

The course will be conducted entirely outdoors so be prepared for cold, snow, and rain. It is essential that you bring enough clothing to be prepared for any weather conditions. Dress according to the forecast for the course day and pack layers for varying conditions.

You may also want to bring a Rite-in-the-Rain notebook and pencil to make notes.

We have rental crevasse rescue kits available if needed, but we highly recommend using your own gear so you can get comfortable with it.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Glacier Kit and equipment check
  • Lesson 2: Equalized anchor, knots, and rappelling
  • Lesson 3: Ascending the rope – prussic, ratchet, reverse
  • Lesson 4: Situational awareness, review hazards
  • Lesson 5: Glacier travel rope handling & crevasse rescue
  • Lesson 6: Dividing the rope – tying into the rope/triple action carabiner, stowing extra rope
  • Lesson 7: The prussic – tying in, daisy chaining and deploying
  • Lesson 8: Arresting the fall, holding the victim and anchor building
  • Lesson 9: Backing up anchor and approaching the lip
  • Lesson 10: Canadian drop loop system demo – measuring, dropping and clipping the drop loop.
  • Lesson 11: Incorporating a ratchet – different types of ratchets
  • Lesson 12: First raise method, z-pulley raising system, adding advantage.
  • Lesson 13: Reversing the raise & lowering
  • Lesson 14: Crevasse Rescue Scenario
  • Lesson 15: Problem-solving specific scenarios
  • Lesson 16: Rope up point strategy (map & altimeter) & white out plan
  • Lesson 17: Glacier formation, physiology, terminology and travel including rope handling and taking coils
  • Lesson 18: Safe glacier travel route finding & track setting – crevasse avoidance, serac hazard mitigation, dealing with avalanche terrain, crevasse bridge integrity, and evaluation
  • Lesson 19: Traveling in echelon & belaying across crevasse bridges
  • Lesson 20: Downhill glacier skiing safety strategy

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