Crevasse Rescue, Glacier Travel

Types: Alpine, Summer, Winter

Crevasse Rescue, Glacier Travel

Learn to safely navigate complex glaciated terrain safely and how to perform a rescue should it ever be needed.

Next Departure:
Leaving May 15 2021 from $299.00

Crevasse Rescue, Glacier Travel

BlackSheep's Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel Course is hands-on with time spent on a glacier.

This two-day crevasse rescue and glacier travel course is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to get into the alpine this summer. Whether it’s the Tantalus Range, Bugaboos, Wapta, the Spearhead or some other amazing but glaciated area you will have the tools and knowledge to deal safely and efficiently with any glacier travel. And should things go wrong, or you run into a problem, you will have the gear and skills to solve it yourself quickly and efficiently.

Crevasse RescueThis crevasse rescue and glacier travel course will deliver all the information that you need from the basics to some more advanced topics at a pace that works for each student. Some prior knowledge and experience working with ropes is definitely an asset, especially when it comes to the crevasse rescue techniques, but is not at all required. We will go over it all. We will even spend some time on a glacier to really work through the concepts and address the problems and complications that can arise in real life that are hard to replicate in town.

Topics covered include: light-weight rope kits and other glacier travel equipment, when and how to rope up, reading glaciers, winter and summer travel, snow and ice anchors, rope ascension / self-rescue and a lot lot more.


Upcoming Courses:

May 15 to 16 2021

2 Days
Group Size6
  • Per Person: $299.00

Jun 5 to 6 2021

2 Days
Group Size6
  • Per Person: $299.00

Fine Print:

  • A $100 deposit per person is required to secure a booking.
  • The final payment due 30 days prior to the trip.
  • Trips subject to 5% GST.
  • We highly recommend Travel & Medical insurance.
  • Be sure to look over our Booking Policies.
  • Participants will be required to sign a Waiver.

Day 1: Squamish

  • 8:30am – Sign waivers, review goals for the day, discuss some general concepts:
    • Summer vs. winter
    • When to rope up & How to rope up
    • Anchors
    • What to do in an emergency
  • 9:30am – Head to the cliff for practical sessions on crevasse rescue:
    • Practice roping up
    • Review equipment & systems
    • Run through rescue scenarios
    • Rope ascension / self rescue
  • 4:00pm – Wrap-up at the cliff & walk back to the Adventure Centre for a debrief

Day 2: Field Day

  • 7:00am – Quick gear check & drive to the trailhead (4×4’s required)
    • Hike up to the south glacier & rope up
    • Travel over to the north glacier
    • Work on safe travel technique through complicated glaciers
    • Review snow & ice anchors
    • Practice a “real” rescue in an actual crevasse
  • 5:00pm – Back at the vehicles for a debrief
Crevasse Rescue, Glacier Travel
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  • Learn when & how to rope up
  • Build snow & ice anchors
  • Practice rope ascension / self-rescue
  • Learn different rescue systems
Types Alpine, Summer, Winter
Season May through September
Next Course May 15 2021
Prices From $299.00

What's Included

  • ACMG/IFMGA Certified Guide/Instructor
  • Group technical equipment (ropes, rock pro, etc.)
  • Group safety & emergency response equipment
  • Insurance & Permits

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to/from meeting points
  • Personal mountaineering & camping equipment
  • Lift passes or other specialist transportation if required
  • Meals and accommodation
  • Trip cancellation, travel and medial insurance




  • Sunglasses & Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle (1L min)
  • Lunch
  • 35-45L pack
  • Toilet paper
  • Camera (optional)
  • Note book (optional)


  • Wool or Synthetic Socks
  • Base Layer Top & Bottom
  • Mid-Insulation Layer Top
  • Weather Layer Jacket & Pants
  • Warm Outer Jacket
  • Toque & Sun Hat
  • Light Gloves & Insulated Gloves
  • Mountaineering / Stiff Hiking Boots


  • Helmet & Harness
  • Crevasse Rescue Equipment (we have lots of kit so you won’t need everything)
    • Belay Device (ATC or similar)
    • 4 x Locking Carabiner
      • 2 Pear
      • 2 D
    • 2-3 x Non-Locking Carabiners
    • 1 x 120cm to 240cm Sling
    • Personal Prusik*
    • 1-2 x 5m Prusik Cord Bombs* (6 or 7mm dia.)
  • Optional Equipment:
    • Micro-Traxion or SPOC
    • Tibloc
    • Prusik minding pulley (not plastic)
    • Ice Screw (16cm or longer)
  • Boot Crampons
  • Mountaineering Axe

We have some extra equipment so may be able to sort you out if you don’t have everything.

* Details on how to select a high quality cord for making prusik hitches can be found here: Comparison Review of Prusik Cord Options

If you have a system and equipment that you use for crevasse rescue and/or rock rescue definitely bring it. It’s great to practice with the kit you have and would bring with you.

Activities and Add-Ons for this Course

Squamish Hostel
Alpine Bonus Day