Get the Skills
This course will focus on avoiding crevasse falls by reading the glacier, rope management and communication. If a crevasse fall does occur, practice anchor building, prusiking and the haul system.
- 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.
- Two days: At least one day in the field, on real glaciers.
- Part of a full Ski Mountaineering Course.
- Trip consulting (optional)
- Trip planning (food, Google Earth, Gaia)
- Glaciology and glacier hazards
- Gear for glacier travel
- Knots for glacier travel
- Setting up your harness
- Roping together
- Rescue coils vs Kiwi coils
- Self-arresting a fall
- Stopper knots
- Self rescue (prusiking)
- Snow anchors
- Crevasse rescue progression
- Direct haul
- Drop loop (2:1)
- Drop loop + 3:1 = 6:1
- 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
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
- AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide Joe Stock. Up to eight clients. A second guide may be added.
- Crevasse rescue field cards.
- Navigation, first aid and repair kits.
- Emergency communication and shelter.
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 or mountaineering gear. See Alaska Backcountry Ski Gear List or Mountaineering Gear List.
- Rescue and trip insurance. See Booking for details.