Glacier Travel Crevasse Rescue

Whether you are a mountaineer hoping to take your adventures to the greater ranges, or a hiker or photographer who likes being in the mountains, glaciers present some unique challenges. As beautiful as they are to look at, there is a long list of ways in which you can be injured or even killed while traveling on them. Depending on what part of the glacier you're on, they can look timid and appear as a homogeneous snow field and therefore many are tempted to treat them just as such. The world of glaciers is so detached from ours that the average person cannot even begin to comprehend the hazards.

Our course runs for 2-days and is broken down into 3 segments:

1. Awareness and hazard types

Unfortunately there are no Andes-Himalaya sized glaciers in Colorado where we can train you but through a series of pictures taken in the Himalayas we will teach you how to differentiate between the zone of accumulation and the zone of ablation. We will then systematically cover all the hazards associated with each zone and then discuss when you should rope-up, gear you will need, and the correct size and spacing of a roped team.

2. Rescuing a team-member who has fallen into a crevasse

We will cover building snow anchors, equalizing anchors, building a Z-pulley (3:1 haul system) and adding a C to the Z (5:1 hauling system) for unconscious or victims who cant even move. We will also cover a "drop-assist" for victims who can move.

3. Escaping from a crevasse after a fall

If you have fallen into a crevasse the assumption is that your team is well-versed in hauling systems and will be coming to your aid soon. If you can move then you can initiate certain procedures that will make it easier for them to help you. In-case you're part of a 2-person team then your second is just holding your fall and will be unable to rescue you, therefore we will cover what steps you can take to climb out of the crevasse.

By the end of this course you will be well-prepared to tackle glaciated terrain.