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Glacier School - G2 · Sat. Sep. 9th - Sun. Sep. 10th

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Organized by: Zack Wentz.

Start: Saturday, Sep. 9th, 8:00 am
End: Sunday, Sep. 10th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Sep. 6th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom

Description:

Hello VOC community! Have you been getting on many mountaineering trips in the past few years with more experienced, competent folks and now want to learn the skills to be more self-sufficient? Or would you like to take on an active leadership role in your community, and possibly run some mountaineering trips for the club in the future? Whatever your reason, wait no longer! Glacier School Level 2 (G2) will be offered this year, where the goal is to expand on the fundamental G1 concepts to ensure proficiency of rudimentary skills, and provide skills such that participants can take on an active leadership role on club mountaineering trips to routes involving simple glacier-travel terrain.

**Note: Due to the extensive voluntary time provided by instructors of G1, priority for this trip goes to instructors teaching at glacier school 1 (G1) this year.**


Mission Statement: To expand on the fundamental G1 concepts to ensure proficiency of rudimentary skills, and provide skills such that participants can take on an active leadership role on club mountaineering trips to routes involving simple glacier-travel terrain.

 

Pre-Reqs:

  • Skills discussed on Glacier School 1 (G1), including demonstrated competence in:

  • Recognition of mountaineering hazards

  • Movement skills on various slope angles of snow
  • Snow and ice anchors
  • Improvised rope ascension

  • Roping up for glacier travel

  • Self arrest from all positions

  • Crevasse rescue in its most fundamental form

 

Curriculum for G2:

  • Detailed discussion of route-finding and navigation (pre-trip planning using mapping tools, map-reading skills, general rules of thumb for finding best route, whiteout navigation, etc)

  • More complex crevasse rescue drills (using specific gear such as micro-traxions, ATC Guides, etc to provide situations where: the loaded rope can be lowered out if hauling through crevasse lip fails, etc).

  • Adding higher mechanical advantage: 5:1 or 6:1 systems

  • Two-person rescues

Additional tools/techniques for improvised rope ascension Introducing new methods of roping up given changes in terrain (utilize spectrum of security: standard glacier-travel system--> running belay-->short pitching-->fully pitching it out) Detailed discussion of risk management (assessing which routes/rope techniques, etc to choose to minimize risk) Supervised practice of route-finding skills on a specific glaciated objective

 

Trip Details

Who: Current G1 instructors primarily; with overflow from those who meet the pre-reqs.

What: An advanced glacier skills workshop discussing skills pertinent to leading your own rope team on a glacier, and planning a multi-day mountaineering objective.

Where: TBD (likely Anniversary Glacier out near Joffre group)

When: The weekend of Sept. 9-10th, 2017.

Why: Do you ever really need to ask this when in the mountains?

How: Show up to the pre-trip and find out!

And if you're still not convinced, check out this photo of Ben Clark about to navigate his way into the Coleman Seracs!

Ben Clark about to navigate his way through the Coleman seracs. Photo Credit: Jojo Das

 

Posted: 2017-08-08 18:50:45
Last modified: 2017-09-02 17:08:03