Friday, June 26, 2009

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Course

Had a fun group of 5 people out at the Columbia Icefields on the weekend for a Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue course. There was a variety of experience levels but everyone's enthusiasm and teamwork resulted in a super fun and productive weekend.

Practicing crevasse rescue techniques with Hilda Peak & Mt. Athabasca in the background.
On Saturday we started out with some ropework skills in the campground and then headed out to some snowslopes on Parkers ridge to learn snow anchors, crevasse rescue techniques, glissading, and self-arrest. After a full day in the snow, everyone was doing a good job of hauling each other out of crevasses and traveling safely on steep snow.

Learning glacier ice climbing skills on the Boundary Glacier at the Columbia Icefields.

Sunday we started a bit earlier and headed out to the Boundary glacier. On the glacier we practiced roped travel, ice climbing, crevasse avoidance, route finding, rappelling, & navigation. Everyone was happy to be in such a cool place and was awed by the heavily featured glacier.

I hope everyone finds ways to practice and continue improving their mountaineering skills throughout the remainder of the summer!

J. Mills
CRAG Owner & Head Guide

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