Crevasse Rescue (Private)

This is a Private Custom course for June 23-24. During this course one full day is spent on technical rope technique & rescue skills in Squamish, followed by a 2nd full day in the Mt Seymour region practicing rescue scenarios and applying your crevasse rescue skills in a snow-covered alpine environment.

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    • Cost: $315.00 with 4+ participants
      Cost: $375.00 with 3 participants (minimum group size)
      The course cost includes:
    • 2 days of Instruction by members of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
    • All technical climbing and rescue equipment required

      Participants on the Crevasse Rescue course are responsible for:
    • All personal gear and clothing suitable for mountain and winter environments
    • Participants on all ski-based courses require avalanche safety gear for day-2 (Available for rent if needed)
    • Transportation to/from the course areas (Squamish, Whistler and possibly other locations)
    • The Day-2 Field Session may be held on Whistler/Blackcomb, lift access is required and not included in the course fee
    • Food and drinks for both field sessions

    NOTE on weather and snow conditions:
    The Crevasse Rescue course Practical Field days will be conducted in all weather conditions.

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    • June 23-24, 2022

    • Summer-based course prerequisites:
    • Previous rock, ice or mountain climbing experience is helpful, but not essential (including basic rope-handling skills such as belaying, rappelling, use of harness, standard knots used in climbing systems, etc.

  • This 2-day intensive Crevasse Rescue Course is for skiers, split-boarders, mountaineers, or anyone who travels on glaciated terrain during winter or summer seasons.

    Our Crevasse Rescue training program is designed to teach a variety of "tried & trusted" crevasse rescue techniques that are essential for safe glacier travel. Skills taught are based on the techniques currently used in the Mountain Guiding and rescue industries. All techniques taught reflect the most recent developments and research while at the same time ensuring that they are appropriate to recreational skiers, climbers, and mountaineers.

    Canada West Mountain School Crevasse Rescue courses focus on 3 essential areas:

    • Glacier travel & risk management practices

      Simply put, ensuring skiers, mountaineers and climbers have the skills to properly rope up for different types of glaciated terrain and choose appropriate routes to avoid falling into a crevasse.

    • Snow and Ice anchor construction

      This is truly the foundation of any rescue, and climbers should be very proficient in building a variety of anchors appropriate to varying conditions.

    • Rope rescue systems

      The main content of the course and most of the time is spent on learning and practicing rescue techniques including load transfers, raises using a mechanical advantage (pulleys), efficient use of gear and ascending/descending techniques.

  • The first day of the Crevasse Rescue course will be a technical rope skills and systems session held in the training bluffs in Squamish, BC, about 1-hour drive north of Vancouver. The 2nd day will be held oin Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Alternate locations may be used depending on alpine and weather conditions at the time of the course.

    Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from both Squamish on Day-1, and Seymour on Day-2. We encourage participants to ride-share and rarely have had any problems with students getting to and from courses, but we cannot guarantee that a ride will be available. If you have any concerns about transportation please contact our office before you register.

  • The Crevasse Rescue course will start in Squamish on Day-1 at 8:30 am at a prearranged meeting location. The first day will be held in a variety of teaching locations in and around Squamish and will wrap up around 4:30 pm.

    Day-2 will be held in the backcountry of Mount Seymour. Students will meet Mount Seymour at 8:00 am at a prearranged meeting location. This will be a full day in the alpine and participants should expect to return between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.

    Specific meeting locations will be detailed in a pre-course package sent out before the course.

  • SUMMER Crevasse Rescue Course Gear List: - Canada West Mountain School SUMMER Crevasse Rescue Course Gear List

    In addition, Canada West Mountain School supplies all other technical and safety gear. Please go over the list before the course to ensure that you are properly prepared and feel free to contact our office if you have any questions. Keep in mind that you will be spending all of your time outdoors in all weather. Much of your time will be spent on snow, with temperatures ranging from -20 on Winter courses, to +25 on Summer courses. The weather can vary from one extreme to the other, so plan your gear appropriately. It is recommended that you also have a set of spare street clothes for the end of the course after you have left the mountains.

    If you require rental gear, please ensure that you arrange this with a rental agency well in advance of your course date!

    Here are a few stores in the region that supply good service and quality outdoor equipment. If you need to purchase or rent equipment, please contact the store well in advance of the course to ensure that what you require is available!
    Valhalla Pure Squamish
    Station Square, Squamish 604-892-9092 (rentals available)
    Mountain Equipment Co-op
    111 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver 604-872-7858 (rentals available)
    1341 Main St, N. Vancouver 604-990-4417 (rentals available)
    Climb On Equipment
    38165 2nd Avenue   Squamish, BC 604-892-2243 (rentals available)
    Excess Backcountry - Whistler
    Suite 106-4154 Village Green, Whistler, 604-932-6409 (rentals available)
    Escape Route
    40222 Glenalder Pl, Squamish, 604-892-3228 (rentals available)
    113-4350 Lorimer Rd, Whistler (rentals available)