Seattle Basic Climbing Refresher Clinic - Crevasse Rescue


Seattle Basic Climbing Refresher Clinic - Crevasse Rescue - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

A free clinic. Basic Climbing Refresher Clinics offer Basic Graduates, Glacier Travel graduates and second year Basic Climbing students the opportunity to review and practice rock and snow skills by participating in a series of clinics. Non-members and non-Basic Climbing grads are also welcome if they have the appropriate climbing skills.

  • Mon, May 6, 2024
  • Seattle Climbing
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Moderate

Meet at 6pm in Goodman C.

The Seattle Basic Refresher Clinics offer Basic Alpine Climbing graduates, and non-Mountaineer members with equivalent training and experience, the opportunity to review the skills and techniques they learned in the course.  

This  Seattle Basic Refresher Clinic - Crevasse Rescue - covers the rescue systems used to extract a climber who has fallen into a crevasse while on a Basic glacier climb with two or more rope teams.

Skills to be practiced:

  • Knots used on glacier climbs
  • Pulley rescue systems
  • Safe setup and execution of a rescue system
  • Including:

    1) Hold the fall and anchor the rope, including back-up to friction hitch or rope grab.

    2) Safely approach the crevasse, and communicate with fallen climber.

    3) Make a plan, including how to quickly assist a fallen climber who does not respond and may require emergency first aid.

    4) Raising systems, including rope entrenchment considerations. Demonstrate a drop loop 2:1 raising system.


Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Equipment:     Be sure to bring all the gear listed below. Mark your equipment so that you will be able to identify it when it gets mixed in with other gear.

    • Helmet
    • Harness
    • 1 large, locking pear-shaped carabiner ("HMS" or "Pearabiner")
    • Ice axe
    • Rescue pulley
    • 6 non-locking carabiners
    • 2 locking carabiners
    • 3 single and 2 double runners
    • Prusik loops (two piece set)
    • Hero loop
    • Chest harness (made of tied webbing to adjust fit)
    • Backpack
    • Mountaineering  boots 
    • Clothing suitable for being outside for several hours and lying on the ground
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