Glacier Skiing/Snowboarding and Crevasse Rescue   - Foothills - 2016

Backcountry Skiing Course

Glacier Skiing/Snowboarding and Crevasse Rescue

Glacier Skiing/Snowboarding and Crevasse Rescue - Foothills

Info
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For those with competent backcountry skiing or snowboarding skills who desire to safely travel on glaciers and to perform crevasse rescues. You must be able to ski or board the equivalent of an ungroomed single black diamond slope with a weighted day pack whose weight is the equivalent of a glacier rope and crevasse rescue gear. This course includes work shops, optional practices and an overnight field trip at Mt. Rainier where the students will practice roped travel and crevasse rescues. Completion of this course prepares you to ski or snowboard on Mountaineer trips rated M1G, M2G and M3G. The course provides instruction on: route finding, traveling and camping on glaciers, belaying, prusiking, and crevasse rescue systems.

Schedule for 2016 is

 

4/19/16 6:30 PM     1: Introduction, Glacier Travel and Equipment

4/21/16 7:00 PM     1: Optional Practice Session

4/26/16 6:30 PM    2: Knots and Belaying Session

4/28/16 7:00 PM    2: Optional Practice Session

5/3/16 6:30 PM       3: Knots, Belaying and Prusiking Session

5/5/16 7:00 PM         3: Optional Practice

5/10/16 6:30 PM    4: Crevasse Rescue Systems Session

5/12/16 7:00 PM        5: Mandatory Field Trip Planning and Preparation

5/14/16 8:30 AM     Field Trip, Mt. Rainier National Park, Paradise Ranger Station

5/15/16 7:30 AM          Field Trip, Mt. Rainier National Park, Paradise Ranger Station

5/17/16 6:30 PM      Graduation Celebration and Improvements Discussion

5/21/16 7:30 AM          Glacier Tour and Crevasse Rescue Field Trip (if needed)

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
GTCR Session 1 - Introduction, Glacier Travel and Equipment
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 15, 2019
Registration closed Apr 14
1 participant
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 16, 2020
Registration closed Apr 9
9 participants
16 instructors
Practice Session (optional)
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 18, 2019
Registration closed Apr 16
13 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 25, 2019
Registration closed Apr 23
14 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 2, 2019
Registration closed Apr 30
14 participants
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 20, 2020
Registration closed Apr 9
13 participants
16 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 27, 2020
Registration closed Apr 9
24 participants
16 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 4, 2020
Registration closed Apr 9
24 participants
16 instructors
GTCR Session 2 - Knots and Belaying
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 22, 2019
Registration closed Apr 20
2 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 23, 2020
Registration closed Apr 9
9 participants
16 instructors
GTCR Session 3 - Knots, Belaying and Prusiking
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Apr 29, 2019
Registration closed Apr 27
4 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Apr 30, 2020
Registration closed Apr 9
24 participants
16 instructors
GTCR Session 4 - Rescue Systems
Seattle Program Center
Mon, May 6, 2019
Registration closed May 4
4 participants
Seattle Program Center
Tue, May 5, 2020
Registration closed Apr 9
24 participants
16 instructors
GTCR Session 5 - Mandatory Field Trip Planning and Preparation
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 9, 2019
Registration closed May 7
4 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, May 7, 2020
Registration closed Apr 9
24 participants
16 instructors
GTCR Field Trip - Mt. Rainier National Park
Paradise
Sat, May 9, 2020 -
Sun, May 10, 2020
Registration closed Apr 9
24 participants
16 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

The full list of required equipment can be found  here

In general you will need:

  • Skis, snowboard setup suitable for backcountry travel
  • Uphill equipment suitable for your downhill setup (skins, split-board,  or snowshoes)
  • Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, probe, etc.)
  • Climbing gear (harness, carabiners, slings, pulleys, etc.)
  • A copy of the textbook:   Glaciers! The Art of Travel & the Science of Rescue by Michael Strong, et al.

Refer to the required equipment document for details.

Course Materials

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