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"Thank you for the
experience of a lifetime!!! Neither of us can get the mountains out of
our heads, very addictive!! The course was really excellent and
comprehensive and you are a patient, confident teacher."
Pat & Susie - Calgary, AB
Glacier Travel Course Blog postings:
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
- 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.
- 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
- Remainder is due 4 weeks before course and can be paid using the same methods.
Small group sizes
allow us to customize the instruction to meet the needs of all
participants, but a basic outline can be found below.
- 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
Participants may either camp at the Columbia Icefields Campground or
drive out both mornings.
2 - Time to put your new skills
to work. After an early start, the day will be spent travelling through
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.
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
If you are unable to locate any of these items or have any questions,
feel free to contact us at any time for assistance.
(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 -
- Harness - provided
- Helmet - provided
- Crampons - provided
Axe - provided
- Water Bottle
- Long underwear
tops and bottoms (not cotton)
jacket + pants (preferably breathable)
- Warm tops and
bottoms (fleece etc.)
- Warm toque and
- Wool or
(optional but highly recommended)
- Camping Gear (if
staying at campground)