One-Day Crevasse Rescue for The Alpinist


Nov 10th, 2022: 0800 – 1600 MST
Provided By Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

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Nov 10th, 2022: 0800 – 1600 MST
Provided By Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

This one-day course is designed specifically to teach mountaineers how to perform crevasse rescue in a mountaineering travel context. We will look at the tools that are available on the market today to make you an efficient rescue partner when travelling in the alpine. We will emphasize learning and practicing rescue techniques where you will understand what to do if one of your party does fall into a crevasse, how to secure the rest of the group, set up a belay using your ice axe and ice screws, and the different systems for pulling someone out. This will include load transfers, use of gear, attaching equipment to the rope, setting up a rope to walk on a glacier, and raises using a mechanical advantage.


This is a classroom and field-based program. We will not be on glaciated terrain for this course.

Meet at the Yamnuska Mountain Adventures office in Canmore just a few blocks from the Coast Hotel, at 8:00 am.  Coffee and tea will be available.  There will be a short introduction and a discussion of the goals and objectives of the day.  You’ll then head to a local venue to cover the practical elements of this program.  Please note this program is not delivered on glaciated terrain.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Glacier travel & risk management in ascent/descent
  • Ropework for glacier travel
  • Building and looking at anchors that are applicable to snow and ice
  • Crevasse self-rescue using shorter ropes
  • Different haul systems (2:1, 3:1, 5:1, and 6:1)


You will need to bring:

  • Daypack (35 litres or greater so as to fit spare clothes, water and gear.)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle or Thermos
  • Lunch for the day
  • Notebook and pencil/ pen
  • Camera (optional but great for taking pictures of the system)

We can supply the following gear but if you have your own please bring it along.

  • Rope: 30 meters in length minimum. We will be teaching systems that use 8mm to 6mm ropes but larger diameter ropes are fine.
  • Harness: Sit Harness
  • Locking carabiners (Minimum of 3)
  • Non-locking Carabiners (minimum of 2)
  • Sewn slings 120 cm or larger tape sling
  • Prussik cord (Cordelette) (5mm to 7mm X five meters in length) X 2
  • Prussik loop (or Hollow block loop) 1.5 meters in length X 1
  • Petzl Micro traxion® or Petzl Mini traxion®
  • Climbing rescue pulley
  • Petzl Tibloc®

For more information on what to bring and expectations please visit this link.