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Glacier School (G2) · Fri. Sep. 6th - Sun. Sep. 8th

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Organized by: Joe O\'Brien.

Start: Friday, Sep. 6th, 6:00 pm
End: Sunday, Sep. 8th, 8:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Sep. 4th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom




So you’ve taken G1, and have been practicing your skills (self-arresting, roped travel, and crevasse rescue) in the intervening year. Maybe you have been doing a bit of glacier travel on foot or on skis, but are finding that you want to hone your skills further. Maybe you have all the skills needed to travel safely on a glacier with more competent partners, but you’re not quite ready to lead a rope team - you want to practice how to minimize risk while traveling efficiently and how to deal with more ‘complicated’ glaciers. If this sounds like you, then G2 might be just what you’re looking for! Additionally, priority is given to those who will instruct at G1 the following weekend. 



What we WILL cover at G2:

  • Placing snow/ice protection - screws, pickets, bollards.
  • Running belay and belaying crevasses
  • Theory of navigating glaciers to minimize risk and maximize efficiency - when to rope up, when to belay, when to take the rope off, route finding skills. 
  • Practical application of these skills.
  • “Real” crevasse rescue - if the terrain allows, we will have folks attempt to arrest an actual fall, and subsequently perform a rescue. 

What we WON’T cover at G2 (skills you already need to have):

  • How to rope up for glacier travel
  • How to build simple rescue systems (3:1, 2:1)
  • How to self-arrest
  • How to move one glaciers (crampons and ice axe positions)
  • How to belay
  • How to ascend a rope with prusiks


As the Saturday 7th is the Gran Fondo, and the Sea-to-Sky becomes a massive traffic jam in the early morning, we’re planning to leave on Friday around 6 or 7pm, and then car camp near the trailhead. We’re headed to the Warren glacier, which we’ll access via Brohm ridge (TBC). Our exact camp site has yet to be determined, but we’ll be camping just outside of Garibaldi park to avoid paying for the night. Regardless, camp is in the alpine, so bring blue bags and prepare accordingly. Saturday and Sunday will be spent on the glacier practicing the skills outlined above.


Posted: 2019-07-16 07:52:31
Last modified: 2019-08-22 18:57:43