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Crevasse Rescue and Glacier Travel Skills

What You'll Learn

While previous snow climbing experience is helpful to the suggested two day curriculum it isn't necessary for the custom nature of the course. During this glacier travel course participants will learn:

  • How to choose and use gear.
  • How to use crampons and ice axes to arrest a crevasse fall.
  • Snow protection and anchors for running and fixed belays.
  • Navigation of crevassed terrain and strategies for glacier travel.
  • Raising systems and ascending fixed lines.

After taking this climbing course participants should feel capable of climbing ice where leading is not needed.

Alpine Climbing Instruction Rates and Availability

1 Instructor Half Day (4 hours) Regular Day (6 hours) Full Day (8 hours)
1 Students $329 $389 $449
2 Students $269 $329 $389
3 Students $219 $269 $329
4 Students $169 $219 $269
2 instructors to keep low ratios for the best experience!
5-8 Students $139 $169 $219

Rate Information:

Rates are per person, e.g. 3 people for a Regular Day would be $269/person for a total of $807. Trip start times are custom but generally we recommend 9AM starts for most ice climbing December through March to make the best use of time and ice conditions.

Discount Information: We appreciate our guests but discounts are limited to the following and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Early Bird Discounts and Last Chance Pricing: Book early and save! Schedule any rock climbing trip a month or more in advance for a 10% discount. Any trip booked with less than 48 hours notice incur a $100 convenience fee.

Bundle Pricing: The ultimate way to get started climbing! Purchase 3 or more days of climbing guiding or instruction at once for a 10% discount. Schedule at your convenience.

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Follow Up Climbing Classes

Basic ice climbing technique and skills such as tying in and belaying are fundamental skills that open the door to the next steps in gaining the independence to climb ice on your own. The following classes are good next steps.

Required Skills

No previous experience is necessary. If you have previous climbing experience indoors or on rock that can accelerate the learning process and while the ability to care for one’s self outdoors is helpful we’re happy to teach those skills during this course as well.

Best Places to Learn Glacier Climbing Skills

There are several locations that work well for this course due to reliable, high quality ice with minimal approaches. The venues we recommend are:

Some of the most classic peaks in the United States such as Rainier, Baker, and Denali as well as peaks in the greater ranges require glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills to navigate. 

Starting with fundamental skills such as snow anchors and moving in crampons the first day we move on to raising systems and travel strategies the next day. With a variety of potential locations this is a great option to incorporate to the beginning or the end of an alpine trip in Colorado or the North Cascades.