Glacier Travel: 12 January 2020

St Nick

Learn the ropes on this intensive two-day course, where we will cover the basic and advanced techniques needed for safe winter travel on glaciated terrain.

Day 1: Meeting at the Lake Louise HI - Alpine Centre at 08:00, the day will start with a presentation and discussion on glacier dynamics, crevasse avoidance and group goals, followed by a review of gear, knots, and rescue systems.  The afternoon will be spent outside reviewing anchors, dividing ropes and group dynamics and simple systems integrating mechanical advantage. There will be an opportunity to cover additional topics in the evening, to ensure the group is prepared for Day 2 objectives.

Day 2: Travel to Crowfoot Meadows boulder garden. This location simulates crevasses and offers an excellent training site. Topics to be covered:

  • roping up, length of rope and distance between rope team members
  • active & passive rope use
  • pre-rigging cords
  • arresting a fall
  • considerations in calling for help
  • establishing an anchor and transferring the load
  • safely accessing crevasse edge and establishing communications with the victim
  • decision point: rap in or lower a drop loop?
  • preparing the lip of the crevasse
  • rigging the hauling system
  • group control/communications

Prerequisites: participants should be experienced in the use of their touring equipment (splitboard, alpine touring or telemark skis)

Instructor: Jeff Bullock, ACMG Mountain Guide

Open to 6 people

Contact Info: RMS Training & Leadership Committee (coursesrms@gmail.com)

$150 for ACC members; $100 for RMS trip leaders (plus one night's stay at the Lake Louise HI)

Leader(s): 

(info for members only)

Dates: 

Sunday, January 12, 2020 to Monday, January 13, 2020

Length: 

2 full days

ATES: 

  • 1-2 - Simple to Challenging

Members only

Yes