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. 

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) 
  • 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

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. 
  • Crevasse rescue field cards. 
  • Navigation, first aid and repair kits. 
  • Emergency communication and shelter. 
  • Rope

Does Not Include