Summer Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel
Per Person: $325
Private (up to 6 People): $1399
Learn safe and efficient glacier travel, crevasse incident avoidance and response.
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.
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.**
Day 1: Meet at 8:15am at the Smoke Buffs Parking Lot. The guide will have everyone sign a waiver and give a brief safety briefing along with discussing the day's objectives. This day will take place in the Smoke Bluffs, and the guide will take you to an appropriate location to practice rope ascension.
The day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a short debrief of the day
Day 2: Meet at 8:45am at the Brennan Park. The guide will start a discussion on the previous day, current conditions and glacier morphology. The group will then head to a dry land alternative for the rest of the day.
The day will end at approximately 4:30pm with a course debrief and discussion of next steps for the students.
Plan ahead, check the weather forecast, and dress accordingly.
- Backpack (25-35 litres)
- Rite in the Rain notebook and mechanical pencil
- First Aid Kit with blister kit
- Map, compass, GPS (all optional)
- Crevasse Rescue Kit
- 1 Ratchet (Petzl Micro-Traction and or Auto-block device (Petzl Reverso or Black Diamond ATC Guide)
- 4 locking carabiners (2 of these should be pear shaped, Munter/HMS locking carabiners)
- 4 non-locking carabiners
- 1 x 120cm sling
- 2 x 5m 7mm prussik
- 1 x 1.5m 7mm prussik, hollow block or T-Block
- Ice Screw (optional for day 2)
- Ice Axe (for day 2)
We have Crevasse Rescue Kits available to rent if needed, but we recommend using your own so you can get comfortable with your gear under the guide’s instruction.
Day 1 - Dry Land Rescue Systems:
- 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 is crevasse, etc.
Day 2 - Glacier Travel and Rescue Scenario’s:
- Glacier Morphology Session and Glacier Travel Considerations
- Roping Up for Glacier Travel
- Rope Travel Exercise
- Team Rescue Exercise
- Practice and skill refinement
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