Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel – 2 day

Ratio: 4:1
Length: 2 days
Price: 1 climber - $900 for two days
2+ $550 per climber
Dates: Custom dates are available during Spring and Summer
Location: Mount Hood

Falling into a crevasse is never the plan – but surprises can happen. You need to know how to get your partners out, using crevasse rescue techniques, efficiently and with back-ups. This course is strongly suggested for those climbers who are considering tackling bigger climbs that involve glacier travel. In our two-day course we’ll practice the fundamentals of crevasse rescue, then we’ll take our skills out onto the glacier on the second day to refine our travel techniques, informed by our understanding of how to extract a partner in the unlikely event that someone does punch through. We’ll have ample opportunity to refine techniques and have plenty of chances to practice. We’ll also be able to go more in-depth on rope systems and route-finding on glaciers and in glaciated terrain.

Day 1 – Crevasse Rescue

This is the focus of the first day of our program. Together we’ll practice all the fundamental skills, and your guide will teach you strategies for combining technical ropework into systems that work quickly and efficiently.

Day 2 – Glacier Travel

On the second day, we’ll review your crevasse rescue fundamentals and then focus on the art of glacier travel. Remember, the goal is to stay on the surface and make it to the summit. This requires a lot more than just knowing what to do in the event of a crevasse rescue.  First we’ll focus on effective communication and use of the rope to minimize the falling hazard. We’ll talk about how seasons and terrain can effect the crevasse hazard and we’ll practice identifying sagging bridges, compression zones, icefall hazard and areas where travel will be most efficient. These skills relate to route-finding. They also set us up to avoid crevasse falls, which can be dangerous, and crevasse rescue which consumes time and energy that we’d rather use climbing.

These two days are packed with both education and practice. Glacier travel is about more than just knowing what to do with the rope. This is especially true for the many complexities of the alpine environment where glacier travel is a portion of your climb, and crevasse rescue techniques must be a solid skillset, should you need to employ them in the mountains.

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Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel - 2 day

Mount Hood

This two-day crevasse rescue and glacier travel course is designed to jump-start your alpine travel and prepare you to enter beginner glaciated terrain confidently. You’ll learn travel techniques to help you and your team avoid crevasse falls. You’ll also practice techniques to pull your partners, or climb yourself, out of a crevasse if there is a fall during your climb.

Elevation: This clinic is conducted between 6,000 and 9,000 feet above sea-level
Style: Clinic/Education
Skill Level: Entry-level
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george

"I am very happy with my TMG experience. The guides were professional, personable, and extremely concerned about safety. . . I absolutely give highest marks to these guys. If you don't have much Alpine experience, or just want the security of seasoned veterans guiding you up this mountain, then I strongly recommend you sign up with them. Thanks, guys, for a great experience!!"

George C
Highland, UT
malcom

"What a fantastic experience gaining the summit of a mountain we've gazed on from Portland for 25 years! . . . We learned a great deal, had a ton of fun, felt in very capable hands, and had the reward of summiting on a beautiful clear day. The value of being with a professional, certified, guide and guiding organization was evident throughout. Kudos to the TMG team who were responsive, supportive, and fun to work with every step of the way."

Malcolm C
Portland, OR
Lucyan

"We booked 2-day overnight program on Mt. Hood with Timberline Mountain Guides. Our guides were great, . . super friendly and reputable. The program did not go as planned due to inclement weather but we still had fun and good experience. The guides were definitely flexible and provided guidance during the trip. I would recommend going with them if it's your first climbing trip on Mt. Hood for sure."

Lucyan
Portland, OR

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  • There are no prerequisites for this course, but climbers should arrive familiar with frictions hitches, clove hitches and basic climbing knots like the figure-8 and overhand knot
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