2-Day Winter Glacier Travel Refresher

This two-day mountaineering skills refresher is designed to update and upgrade the skills you’ll need to ski in alpine glaciated terrain this winter. As a refresher course the pace will be fairly quick and we will be covering some advanced topics. This means that you’ll need some prior knowledge and experience when it comes to rescue scenarios, working with a rope and walking with crampons.

Course Summary:

  • Date: October 5 & 6, 2019 Email me for other potential dates
  • Objective: Glacier travel & crevasse rescue systems refresher
  • Guide: Monte Johnston, ACMG-IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Included: 2 days of instruction, required group gear
  • Excluded: Gear rentals, food, transportation
  • Location: Squamish & Brandywine
  • Cost: $300 plus GST per person
  • Availability: 1 spot left


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: Brandywine

  • 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:

  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver
Canadian Avalanche Association