Learn how to navigate crevasses and take the lead while travelling on glaciers

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Location

The course location will be chosen prior to the course depending on weather and travel conditions to maximize learning opportunities on glaciers. Possible locations include various camps at Rogers Pass or Mt Begbie.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Meet in the morning and check gear before hiking to our camp for the next 3 nights. After setting up camp practice some ropework .

Day 2 - Learn about how to travel on a glacier with a rope, route-finding, and practice navigating crevasses.

Day 3 - Practice more glacier travel techniques and learn what to do if a team member falls in a crevasse.

Day 4 - Crevasse rescue practice, pack up camp and walk back to the car.

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Guide/Instructor

Alex Geary is an ACMG/IFMGA Mountain Guide, with experience travelling on glaciers all over the world including Alaska, The Andes, The Himalaya, The European Alps, New Zealand, and of course Canada.

Prerequisites

  • Good fitness to be able to hike between 700m to 1300m vertical to camp on the first day with a heavy pack of camping and mountaineering gear.
  • Previous experience walking with an ice axe and boot crampons.
  • Backcountry camping experience.
  • Basic knots and hitches (follow through Figure-8, classic prussik, clove hitch)
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Skills you will learn?

  • How and when to use rope(s)
  • Anticipating crevasses
  • "Reading" glaciers
  • Recognizing crevasses in poor light
  • Travelling on a glacier in a white-out
  • Snow and/or ice anchors
  • Arresting a crevasse fall
  • Crevasse rescue techniques

Dates and Prices

On request            4 days         6:1 ratio          $645 + 5% GST per person     (minimum 4 participants)

E-Transfer is the preferred method of payment, otherwise please contact me for other methods. Please read my booking conditions before making a payment.

Included

  • Overnight wilderness permits

Excluded

  • Travel to and from Revelstoke to trailhead
  • Food
  • Glacier travel equipment
  • National Park Pass
  • Accommodation in Revelstoke
  • Camping Gear

Equipment list

  • Mountaineering boots
  • Boot crampons (that fit your boots)
  • Ice axe
  • 1-2 Hiking poles (optional)
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal first aid supplies
  • Toque
  • 2L water capacity (no bladders)
  • Gore-tex (or equivalent) jacket
  • Gore-tex (or equivalent) pants
  • Puffy jacket
  • Warm layers for upper and lower body adequate for below freezing temperatures and wind
  • Socks x 2
  • Thick gloves
  • Spare gloves
  • Lightweight harness (if possible otherwise climbing harness will work)
  • 5 locking carabiners
  • 4 non-locking carabiners
  • 240cm sewn sling (or 5m of webbing)
  • Two sections 5m x 6-7mm accessory cord
  • Personal prussik
  • Micro-traxion (optional)
  • tibloc (optional)
  • Ice screw (between 12-22cm)
  • 60m rope between 3 people.
  • Camp shoes (optional)
  • 60-90L backpack
  • 3 x breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • 4 x lunches/snacks
  • Tent (can be shared amongst members of the same household)
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Mat
  • Stove for cooking
  • Fuel for cooking
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Pots and cutlery
  • Map and compass
  • GPS or smartphone with maps
  • Climbing helmet
  • Sun hat
  • Face mask (to prevent the spread of COVID)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet paper
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