Summer Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel

Per Person: $325

Private (up to 6 People): $1499

Learn safe and efficient glacier travel, crevasse incident avoidance and response.

Location: Whistler/Squamish

Duration: 2 Days

Prerequisites: Knot tying

This comprehensive Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel course is the industry gold standard for mountaineers, alpine climbers, mountain hikers and runners. Learn the ultimate glacier travel safety skills, the most modern and efficient techniques for rescuing someone from a crevasse who is either roped, un-roped or injured, and many more critical mountaineering skills.

Other Crevasse Rescue Courses: Winter Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel / Crevasse Rescue Refresher

HOW TO BOOK:

• Choose the best date for you using our booking system.

• Course not quite right for you? Book a Private Guide

• Looking at progressing quickly? Book one of our Academy programs.

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Course Location: This tour is located in Whistler or Squamish. If you choose to take the course in Whistler you will require a lift ticket for day 2 to access Whister Blackcomb

All public courses are now finished for the 2020 Summer season.  If you are still interested in booking a Private Guide please contact us.

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Private: $1,399 (up to 6 people)

Book online or contact our office to ask any questions: 1-604-938-9242 or info@mountainskillsacademy.com

ADVENTURE INFORMATION

Our certified guides will teach you all the critical crevasse rescue and glacier travel safety skills. As well as the essential techniques for rescuing both roped and un-roped victims from a crevasse.

MSAA has developed a carefully crafted, cutting-edge curriculum, delivered by highly qualified guides who use a lesson plan. This ensures all participants acquire the full intended curriculum, demonstrate the skill to standard and are set up for rapid future progression. All participants receive a valuable course handout essential for future skill practice and refinement.

This course provides the necessary skills to not only undertake crevasse rescue and glacier travel but also how to deal with glacier travel cruxes such as when to rope up, how to assess, cross and belay, or rappel, over crevasse snow bridges and bergschrunds. Learn how to navigate complex crevasse fields in this field-based course.

Practice the following knots to prepare for the course: Figure 8, Figure 8 on a bite, Clove-Hitch, Münter-Hitch; Girth-Hitch and Prussik knots.

**The price of the tour does not include a gondola ticket. Gondola tickets are available for purchase through our office.**

Whistler:

Meet each day at 8:15am at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. The guide will have everyone sign a waiver and give a brief safety briefing along with discussing the day's objectives.

Location:
    Day 1: Will be located in the Valley and you do NOT require a lift ticket.

    Day 2: Will be located on a Glacier and will require a lift ticket (can be purchased at checkout).
Squamish:

Meet each day at 8:15am at a Pre-determined location. The guide will have everyone sign a waiver and give a brief safety briefing along with discussing the day's objectives.

Location:
    Both days of the Squamish Crevasse Rescue will be held on a dry land alternative to increase the learning time and develop skills further.

Rentals/Purchase:

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If you require rentals or need to purchase equipment, we have teamed up with the experts at the Escape Route Alpine Demo Centre. Follow the link HERE to purchase or rent gear for this course!



Equipment:

  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Footwear: sturdy hiking or mountaineering boots
  • Gaiters (day two & Whistler ONLY)
  • Rite in the Rain notebook and mechanical pencil (optional)
  • Backpack (25-35 litres)
  • Ice Axe (day two & Whistler ONLY)
  • Ice Screw (day two & Whistler ONLY)

  • Crevasse Rescue Kit:

  • 4 x Locking Carabiners
  • 4 x Non-locking Carabiners
  • 1 x 120cm Sling
  • Cordalette’s: 2 x 5m (7mm) for ropes 9mm and up (5mm for 8mm ropes or less, i.e. Petzl Rad Line) if using skinny ropes or Rad line, add 2 locking carabiners, stamped as opposed to round aluminum stock best.
  • 1 x 1.5m (7mm) Cordelette
  • 1 x Auto-Block Device (Petzl Micro-Traxion is best, but you can also use Petzl Reverso or BD ATC Guide)

  • Clothing:

  • Appropriate clothing for the weather. Layers recommended.
  • Weatherproof shell jacket and pants (weather dependant)
  • 2 pairs of gloves, mittens (optional)
  • Lunch/Snacks/Water
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, sun hat


  • Day 1 - Dry Land Rescue Systems (lift pass for both Whistler/Squamish not required):

  • Introduction to summer Glacier Kit
  • Load transfer, Ascending and Rappelling Systems
  • Dividing and Tying into the rope
  • Canadian Drop Loop Rescue technique
  • Practice and skill refinement
  • Problem Solving: insufficient rope, middle person in crevasse, etc.


  • Day 2 - Glacier Travel and Rescue Scenario’s (lift pass for Whistler required):

    • Glacier Morphology Session and Glacier Travel Considerations
    • Roping Up for Glacier Travel
    • Rope Travel Exercise
    • Team Rescue Exercise
    • Practice and skill refinement

    Click HERE for the full curriculum

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