Tag Archives: Glacier School

G2: oh Shucks, Son, we almost made it (Mt. Shuksan pre-summit)

September 9-10, 2017 Eight hopeful glacier enthusiasts wake up Saturday morning to expand their glacier-travel skills and attempt to conquer Mt. Shuksan. Zack Wentz leads the group, but also includes a Swiss Mountaineer for 16 years, Pascale Vonaesch, who was … Continue reading

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Prussiks and Pulleys: Hauling VOCass at the Anniversary Glacier [Glacier School 2]

By: Elliott Skierszkan and Alberto Contreras-Sanz Sept 9-10, 2017 The Participants: Julien Renard (Leader), Caitlin Schneider (Leader), Matthew Van Ootsdam, Alberto Contreras-Sanz, Andrew Cavers, Elliott Skierszkan Looking for help to pull someone out from a 15-m deep crevasse? We’ve got … Continue reading

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Crevasse rescue practice June 2016

Caitlin Schneider and I (Julien Renard) went to the Wedgemount glacier to practise crevasse rescues. Are you confident travelling on a glacier? Can you self-arrest? Can you rescue people out of a crevasse? While these are perfectly valid questions to … Continue reading

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An Appetite for the Alpine

An Appetite for the Alpine: Alpine Skills Course 2016 Trail Mates: Sam McKoy, Artem Babaian, Martin Cermak, Kasia Celler, Else Bosman, Kelsey Miller, Luca Malaguti Trip Date: June 17-19/2016 What am I getting into? Everyone who steps into the wild … Continue reading

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Glacier School G1

-Photos by Nathan Starzynski Lesson 1: The Alpine Start On the morning of September 5th, 55 or so VOCers keen to learn about glacier travel could be found winding their way up towards Cypress Peak for Glacier School, G1. Alpine … Continue reading

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How Mount Rainier Defeated Us

What the hell am I doing here? This feeling of uncertainty, disbelief, of surreal adventure leading up to this moment and of the impending challenge leading away from it, has become an addiction since I joined the VOC. So when … Continue reading

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How I Learned My Limitations in Mountaineering: G2 at Slalok Mountain and Matier Glacier

Objective: Practice mountaineering skills by crossing Stonecrop Glacier to summit Slalok Mountain, then descend to cross the Matier Glacier. If time, explore a route on Matier Mountain. Disclaimer: distances, angles and sizes of things are in relation to how I … Continue reading

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