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Creeping over Challenging Crevasses: Glacier Skills Training · Saturday, May 13th

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Start: Saturday, May. 13th
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, May. 10th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Jericho Beach unless better location determined



I'm thinking of putting together a small 2 day session to give interested VOCers the opportunity to learn and practice glacier travel skills for the upcoming summer season. 

Let me preface this by saying I am not an instructor. I just want to find some people to learn with and practice with. We will be learning together. We will be going over information found in the VOC's Glacier School handbook and Freedom of the Hills book. If you're experienced with glacier travel and willing to help facilitate, feel free to let me know! 

Here's a general itinerary I've come up with (dates and itinerary subject to change): 

Day 0 - Read the Glacier School handbook cover to cover. Found here 

Day 1 - Wednesday May 10th - Dry Training - Meet at Jericho on a nice sunny day. review theory, practice knots, learn equipment considerations (IE "Do I need to buy anything?"). Practice prussking and creating 2:1 and 3:1 systems on dry land. Organize car groups. Est. 3 hours (6-9pm) 

Day 2 - Saturday May 13th - Field Day - Head to on skis or snowshoe (your choice) Seymour, practice self-arresting, practice making 2:1 and 3:1 systems in real snow. Est. 1 whole day (8-4pm) 

Pre-requisites of participants 

  • Must have well-developed overnight backpacking experience
  • Rock 1 or equivalent is desirable and recommended (comfortable with belaying, knows how to put on a harness, and other rope skills)

Equipment requirements 

Thoughts? Suggestions? Don't be afraid to speak up!

Posted: 2017-04-04 23:12:03
Last modified: 2017-05-10 21:43:27