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.
Dates for 2020 courses are not yet available. Call our office at 1-604-938-9242 for more info.
This comprehensive Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel course is the industry gold standard for Mountaineers, Alpine Climbers and Glacier Hikers and Trail Runners:
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.
You will learn safe and efficient glacier travel, crevasse incident avoidance and response.
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.
*All Courses subject to a minimum number of participants. 48 hour notice will be given if minimum number has not been reached.
Meeting times, equipment requirement, logistics and locations are provided via email upon booking confirmation.
We are happy to help source any rental gear you require for your course.
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.
*Lunch, snacks, and water
Day 1: Dry Land Rescue Systems
Day 2: Glacier Travel and Rescue Scenario’s
We strongly recommend you purchase insurance for Trip Cancellation, Emergency Evacuation and Adventure Sports Coverage (some backcountry adventures are excluded from coverage).
Emergency Evacuation and Medical Insurance
This coverage provides you with emergency air rescue if required and full medical. Parks Canada provides free evacuation within the Parks and if you are a Canadian resident your medical will be covered by your provincial health plan (except ambulance/air ambulance transport). We strongly recommend international visitors purchase this insurance.
Emergency evacuation insurance is compulsory for all our hut trips, as these typically take place outside of Parks Canada’s jurisdiction.
Trip Cancellation Insurance
To prepare for unforeseen circumstances we strongly recommend purchasing Trip Cancellation Insurance at the time of booking your trip. Trip Cancellation insurance covers many scenarios to reimburse you for cancelled trips outside of your control.
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All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and are exclusive of a 5% tax (GST). Prices are subject to change. Guide gratuities are not included in fees.
Our preferred method of payment is by Mastercard or VISA. We also accept bank e-transfers and cash.
• For 1-2 day adventures/courses booking must be paid in full.
• For longer adventures/courses a deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking.
• The remaining balance is due 30 days before the start date.
• Bookings made less than 30 days before adventure/course must be paid in full.
Next day bookings are taken up until 5pm the day before any tour or course. *Subject to guide availability
Mountain Skills Academy takes mountain safety very seriously, however there is no way to completely mitigate risk in alpine environments. Prior to undertaking any of our courses or trips we require you to sign a waiver.
Mountain conditions are extremely unpredictable and can change at short notice. Our guides endeavor to undertake the routes and/or peaks that our clients desire, however our decisions will be impacted by conditions. Unfortunately we are not able to offer refunds if conditions are not suitable to undertake a particular route on the day you have booked. We will however make every effort to take you out for the best day possible given the conditions.
Applicable to all tours and courses*: If conditions force us to cancel a course or trip we will do all we can to accommodate you at another date. If this isn’t possible we will offer a full refund. We reserve the right to decline rescheduling dates based on availability. *Does not apply to first aid courses.
Late Arrival Policy
Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late for an activity forfeit 100% of the tour price. Tours leave promptly; it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes early to sort out gear and sign waivers.
Adventures Cancellation Policy
Half Day and Full Day Tours
**On all multi day trips pre-arranged add-ons are non-refundable (food, accommodation, etc).
1-2 Day Courses
3+ Day Courses
**If you are able to find someone else to take your place on a course, please let us know as we are more than happy to transfer bookings.
Minors (under the age of 19) and custodial groups (youths affiliated with an institution where a parent or legal guardian is not present on the trip) may register for certain trips and courses with a letter of consent from parents or legal guardian as well, they must sign a waiver and have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver. Further, we abide by the Parks Canada Custodial Group winter backcountry policy as outlined here.
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