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If you are a mountaineer or skier and would like to acquire or improve the skills and techniques required for safe glacier travel and crevasse rescue, this course is for you!
In the winter, this training is especially relevant for backcountry skiers and in the summer, for summer mountaineers. However, it will provide you with the knowledge and skills for you to successfully handle challenging situations during your future mountaineering expeditions.
I offer this course in several locations in Western Canada, such as the Canadian Rockies (3,954m), and the Coast Mountains (4,019m) and the Nelson area (535m) in British Columbia. For your reference, our most visited sites around Nelson are the Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, the Valhalla and the Goat Range Provincial Parks in the Selkirk Mountains (3,519m), the MacBeth Icefield, and the Horseshoe Glacier and Starbird Pass near Glacier Creek in the Purcell Mountains (3,481m).
The program will be held from 8AM to 5PM on an agreed practice site. The following are a few examples of what we will cover during the day:
- Relevant skills and glacier morphology
- Glacier travel and roping up
- Snow and ice anchor construction practice
- Crevasse rescue fundamentals theory and practice
- Rope ascending practice
While this course is open to everyone, participants are required to have a good physical condition. Having some previous mountaineering and rock climbing experience, and being comfortable with walking off trail and carrying a large day backpack, can be beneficial as well.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn, review or improve your glacier travel skills. Request to book this course now!
If you are looking for other alpinism training programs, check out the 4-day introductory mountaineering courses in the Canadian mountains, the avalanche rescue day course in Nelson, British Columbia and the 5-day advanced mountaineering courses in the Canadian Rockies.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Group equipment
- Permit and entrance fees
- Personal Insurance
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
The guide will carry the following gear: SAT phone, Spot and/or VHF, first-aid kit & repair kit, crevasse rescue gear, maps of the area, GPS, compass, and altimeter.
You will need to bring:
• Mountaineering boots
• Day backpack (30-40 liters)
• Ice axe (60cm length)
• Crampons (must fit your boots)
• Climbing helmet (multiple impact rated preferred)
• Prussic slings (2 X 5m lengths of 7mm cord and 1 x 1.75 m length)
• Carabineers (3 lockers and 2 non-lockers, preferably light)
• Trekking Poles (1-2 collapsible poles)
• Headlamp (with fresh batteries)
• Water bottle (1 liter minimum)
• Pocket knife (e.g. Swiss army knife)
• Blister kit (a small amount of moleskin, second skin and/or duct tape)
• Personal first aid kit (small nd-aids, ibuprofen and Aspirin/Tylenol is enough; the guide will have a complete kit)
• Sunglasses (with good UV protection)
• Sun & Lip screen (UVA/UVB protection with minimum SPF 30)
• Toilet paper & Lighter (a small amount)
• Lunch & snacks
• Writing material & camera (optional)
• Map, GPS & compass (optional)
* Winter crevasse rescue courses are usually done on skis.
• Long top and bottom underwear (2 of each, thin polypro or smart wool)
• 2-3 pairs of wool/synthetic blend socks
• Mountaineering pants (preferably Schoeller/stretch wind stopper blend with reinforced nylon knees and bottom)
• 1 lightweight shirt and 1 lightweight T-shirt
• Long sleeves shirt (preferably with zip-neck, wind stopper fleece/nylon combo)
• Fleece jacket (medium weight)
• Outer jacket (thin waterproof/windproof with hood. E.g. Gore-Tex)
• Outer pants (thin waterproof/windproof and preferably with side zips)
• Gaiters (1 pair)
• 2 pair of gloves (1 thin pair and 1 thicker/warmer pair, both waterproof)
• Nylon covered fleece/wind stopper (preferably with Thinsulate)
• Warm hat
• Sun hat (ideally with wide brim)
• Bandanna to cover neck (optional)
Please note that temperatures can vary widely, from near 0°C in the early morning to 25°C on sunny days in the afternoon. For clothing, we recommend the “layer system”, and light wear that doesn’t take much space in your backpack and dries quickly.
About the Guide
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!