Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides - Glacier mountaineering & crevasse rescue courses in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada.

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Box 40087
Canmore, AB
T1W 3H9

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Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Course

This glacier travel course is the ideal program for hikers, scramblers, backcountry skiers, and crag climbers who wish to safely learn the basics of mountaineering in glaciated terrain. Many of the best climbs in the Rockies and throughout the world involve some glacier travel. Rescue and judgement skills are crucial to enjoying these climbs in a safe manner.

Learning the ropes of Glacier Travel at the Columbia Icefields

Dates 2022:

  • May 21-22nd
  • Jun 11-12th
  • Jun 25-26th
  • Jul 9-10th
  • Sep 10-11th
  • Sep 17-18th
  • Sep 24-25th

Cost: $345 + GST
Maximum Group Size: 6
Custom Dates: Available May - October for groups of 1 to 12. Inquire for pricing.
Meeting Spot & Time: Columbia Icefields Campground, 9:30am on day 1.
To Register:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $100 + GST is required to book your spot on this course. E-mail us ( and we will provide you with an electronic invoice which can be paid online, easily and securely, using a credit card number, e-transfer, or PayPal account.
  • Remainder is due 4 weeks before course and can be paid using the same methods.

Participants on a glacier travel course at the Columbia Icefields

Small group sizes allow us to customize the instruction to meet the needs of all participants, but a basic outline can be found below.


Day 1 - After a morning session covering basic knots, hitches and ropehandling, we will begin learning crevasse rescue skills. A number of rescue systems will be introduced with an emphasis on simplicity and efficiency. All participants will have the chance to perform a team rescue as well as to practice self rescue. Other skills covered will include use of mountaineering axes, snow anchors, glissading and self-arrest.
Participants may either camp at the Columbia Icefields Campground or drive out both mornings.

Day 2 - Time to put your new skills to work. After an early start, the day will be spent travelling through crevassed, glaciated terrain. We will complete an alpine circuit, practicing skills and discussing topics such as route finding and hazard management. Some of the options along the way are to do some ice climbing practice, rappelling, navigation, avalanche awareness, and perhaps even venture into the depths of a crevasse! During the day, all participants will be given the chance to lead a rope team, and will very much be active participants in all elements of moving up and down the glacier.

Crevasse rescue course and training

Gear List

All technical equipment is provided free of charge except for boots. However, if you have your own gear, feel free to use it! Rental and purchase information for boots, clothing, and camping gear can be found here. If you are unable to locate any of these items or have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time for assistance.
  • Boots (mountaineering or ice climbing boots) - these must be fully rigid boots that can accept a snap-on crampon. Please contact us if you have any questions about boots. Hiking boots will NOT work!
  • Small Pack (20 - 50 litres)
  • Harness - provided
  • Helmet - provided
  • Crampons - provided
  • Mountaineering Axe - provided
  • Headlamp
  • Water Bottle
  • Food
  • Long underwear tops and bottoms (not cotton)
  • Waterproof jacket + pants (preferably breathable)
  • Warm tops and bottoms (fleece etc.)
  • Warm toque and gloves
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Gaitors (optional but highly recommended)
  • Camping Gear (if staying at campground)
Glacier and Sunrise from Mt. Athabasca
Canadian Rockies Alpine Guides (CRAG) - - Canmore, Alberta, Canada