If you’re planning on traveling in glaciated terrain you should be familiar with the basics of crevasse rescue. The rope systems for crevasse rescue look complicated and daunting, but we are here to break them down into manageable pieces. Throughout the day, your guide will build up your skillset until you have all the tools you need to pull someone out of a crack.
Your guide will introduce C-pulley systems and Z-pulleys. Not only will we learn them, but we’ll connect them together. Your guide will show you when and how to back up the system. We’ll also focus on pre-rigging our rope systems during glacier travel to make it simple to transition into a crevasse rescue. Additionally, we’ll talk about basic glacier travel, and how to read the terrain to avoid falling into crevasses, when possible. Students should have a solid understanding of snow anchors, knots, and hitches before entering this clinic.
For those who are planning to bring these skills into the alpine without additional instruction, we recommend our 2-day clinic. While these skills are relatively simple, putting them together efficiently takes lots of practice and repetition. Our 2-day crevasse rescue clinic doubles the time you have to practice, ask questions, make mistakes and learn from them in an educational setting.