Get the Skills

This course will focus on avoiding crevasse falls by reading the glacier, rope management and communication. If all else fails, we practice prusiking and the haul system. 

Course Options 

  1. In Town: We practice glacier travel skills in a snowy park in Anchorage. This maximizes learning, reduces travel time and reduces cost. This is a good option for groups who want to brush up on their glacier travel skills before a trip into the Alaska Range, for example. 
  2. Two days: At least one day in the field, on real glaciers. 
  3. Part of a full Ski Mountaineering Course. 

Curriculum 

  • Trip consulting (optional) 
  • Glacier hazards
  • Gear for glacier travel
  • Knots for glacier travel
  • Setting up your harness
  • Roping together
  • Rescue coils vs Kiwi coils
  • Stopper knots
  • Self rescue (prusiking)
  • Selft-arresting a fall
  • Snow anchors
  • Crevasse rescue progression: 
    • Direct haul
    • Drop loop
    • Drop loop 6:1
    • Drop loop with 6:1 on glacier surface

Field Cost 

  • 1 client: $500 per day
  • 2 clients: $300 per person per day
  • 3 clients: $225 per person per day
  • 4+ clients: $200 per person per day
  • Booking

In Town Cost

  • 1 client: $400 per day
  • 2 clients: $200 per person per day
  • 3 clients: $150 per person per day
  • 4+ clients: $100 per person per day   

Includes

  • AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock. Up to eight clients. A second guide may be added. 
  • Navigation, first aid and repair kits
  • Emergency communication and shelter
  • Rope

Does Not Include

  • Transport. To reduce your costs, using a rental car or your personal car is the best option.
  • Bush flight (total, one-way heli drop is about: 1 person $450, 2-3 people $900, 4 people $1,350, 5 people: $1,350 - $1,800)
  • Lodging, food and drinks. See Southcentral Alaska Logistics
  • Personal ski gear. See Alaska Backcountry Ski Gear List
  • Rescue and trip insurance. See Booking for details.