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Glacier School (G1) · Sat. Sep. 17th - Sun. Sep. 18th

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Organized by: Anton Afanassiev.

Start: Saturday, Sep. 17th, 4:00 am
End: Sunday, Sep. 18th, 11:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 7:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: TBD

Description:

This is the student’s trip for G1. There is an open call for instructors. If you’re able to instruct, please sign up on the instructors trip

 

What is G1:

 

Have you started taking on harder hiking, backpacking, or skiing objectives and want to gain the skills to take on objectives involving glacier travel? Glacier 1 (G1) serves as the introductory trip to teach participants how to safely travel across a glacier in a rope team. G1 participants will also learn the skills needed to safely travel on steep snow.

 

What we’ll cover:

 

  • Self-arrest
  • Walking in crampons
  • Knots and how to rope up on a glacier
  • Building snow or ice anchors
  • Basics of crevasse rescue

Pre-requisites:

 

  • Some backcountry camping experience
  • The ability to top rope belay (many gyms, including the aviary, offer lessons)
  • Participants must be able to attend the pre-trip and a dry school session in the week before the trip
  • Participants must read the Glacier manual before the dry school and should practice the knots

Logistics:

We’ll be doing a pre-trip sometime in the week before the trip. At the pre-trip, we’ll go over who’s going, where we’re going, dry school locations and times, car groups, and learning groups. We expect to take 40 participants, priority will be given to those who meet the pre-reqs and by the order of the committed list.

Gear you’ll need:

See pg. 5 of the glacier manual. You do not need to bring ice-screws or pickets, instructors will bring these. Ice axes, crampons, harnesses, helmets, mountaineering boots, gaiters and sleeping pads can be rented from the club. Everything else you’ll have to buy, rent, or borrow. MEC is the best option for most stuff you need to buy, but Sports Junkies or Facebook marketplace can have some good deals (avoid used climbing gear).

Instructors for glacier school are club members who volunteer their time, and are not professional guides. If you don't feel comfortable taking responsibility for your own life in the context of an informal course advised by VOC instructors, you should take a mountaineering course offered by a professional guiding service.

 

Posted: 2022-07-28 20:40:50
Last modified: 2022-07-28 20:55:11