Crevasse Rescue & Glacier Travel

This two-day crevasse rescue and glacier travel course is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to get into the alpine this summer. Whether it’s the Tantalus range, Bugaboos, Wapta or some other amazing but glaciated area you will have the tools and knowledge to deal safely and efficiently with any glacier travel. And should things go wrong or you run into a problem you will have the gear and skills to solve it yourself.

This course will deliver all the information that you need from the basics to some more advanced topics at a pace that works for each student. Some prior knowledge and experience working with ropes is definitely an asset but not at all required.

Course Summary:

  • Costs: $299 per person
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Guide: Monte Johnston, ACMG-IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Included: 2 days of instruction, required group gear
  • Excluded: Gear rentals, food, transportation
  • Location: Squamish & Brandywine
  • Dates & Availability:
      • May 15 & 16, 2021 (6 spots available)


Day 1: Squamish

  • 8:30am – Sign waivers, review goals for the day, discuss some general concepts:
    • Summer vs. winter
    • When to rope up & How to rope up
    • Anchors
    • What to do in an emergency
  • 9:30am – Head to the cliff for practical sessions on crevasse rescue:
    • Practice roping up
    • Review equipment & systems
    • Run through rescue scenarios
    • Rope ascension / self rescue
  • 4:00pm – Wrap-up at the cliff & walk back to the Adventure Centre for a debrief

Day 2: Field Day

  • 7:00am – Quick gear check & drive to the trailhead (4×4’s required)
    • Hike up to the south glacier & rope up
    • Travel over to the north glacier
    • Work on safe travel technique through complicated glaciers
    • Review snow & ice anchors
    • Practice a “real” rescue in an actual crevasse
  • 5:00pm – Back at the vehicles for a debrief

Fine Print:

  • A $75 deposit per person is required to secure a booking.
  • The final payment due 30 days prior to the trip.
  • Trips subject to 5% GST.
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance.
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver.