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Glacier School 2007

September 15th - 16th, 2007


What is Glacier School?

Main article: Glacier school

Glacier School is a 2-day (weekend) course intended to teach safe and efficient means of travelling over glaciers. The School is divided into two courses: 1) Glacier 1 is designed for beginners to snow and glacier travel. It is expected that you have previous backpacking and camping experience. 2) Glacier 2 is for students with previous glacier experience that want to learn more advanced skills or to climb a peak.

What Do I Need?

  • Basic overnight gear:
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping mat
    • warm clothes
    • etc.
    • second pair of clothes
    • waterproof pants and jacket
    • sunglasses
  • Glacier gear:
    • Ice axe
    • Crampons
    • Harness
    • Helmet
    • prussiks (see below)
    • 2 non-locking and 2 locking carabiners
    • sunglasses
    • snow-worthy crampon-worthy boots (will be explained at dry school)

The VOC has some of this stuff and will lend it out to students. If you borrow gear from the club, a $40 CASH ONLY per item deposit will be collected at DRY SCHOOL.

A tent and/or stove will be very useful. If you don’t have one you can arrange to share with others at the MANDATORY DRY SCHOOL.

Car: if you have one, great. If not, no worries, rides will be arranged at DRY SCHOOL.

If there’s not enough VOC rental gear to go around, some borrowing or renting from MEC will have to fill the voids. Please reserve rental gear early to ensure the gear you need will be available for the weekend.

Last, you’ll need 2 “prussik” cords (Don’t worry if you have no idea what that is). We’ll be selling it for $10 per set at DRY SCHOOL.

How much does it cost?

$5 Photocopying/Surprise fee + $25 gas money + gear rental deposit

Please bring CASH for all expenses (preferably small change). Your $5 pays for photocopying of useful information booklets that you’ll get at DRY SCHOOL. Also, we’ll have a little treat for everybody on Saturday night, as we camp below the glacier. The leaders are entirely volunteering. You will be expected to chip in $25 for gas to and from Vancouver. If you borrow gear from the club a $40 per item deposit will be collected at DRY SCHOOL. But you’ll get that money back.


Students should expect to learn the following skills:

  • Knots for mountaineering
  • Traveling over snow and ice with crampons
  • Self Arrest
  • Snow and ice anchors
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Belaying techniques for mountaineering

The prerequisites for being a student at glacier school are minimal. Students must have overnight backpacking experience. Some rope skills (such as belaying, common climbing knots, etc) are desirable but not absolutely necessary.

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.


Main article: Joffre Group

<googlemap lat="50" lon="-122.5" width="300" height="300" zoom="7" scale="yes" controls="large"> (A)50.381389, -122.410556, Cerise Creek Parking Lot (B)50.343187, -122.41941, Anniversary Glacier </googlemap>

Anniversary Glacier / Cerise Creek. We will leave Vancouver early on Saturday morning and return in the late evening on Sunday.


UBC to Cerise Creek Parking lot (off Hwy 99). The pullout is located 7.5km (check your odometer) past the Joffre Lakes parking lot.

From Cerise Creek Parking lo (off Hwy 99) to Cerise Creek Trailhead Paraking Lot

  • Note: The last section of road isn't on Google Maps, please ask for directions before entering logging road. Driving the logging road probably isn't worthwhile. Several parties who drove the road have been beaten to the trailhead by others who parked at the winter lot on the highway and just walked in. The road is very overgrown. This causes your paint to get scratched and also prevents those with less clearance from driving around obstacles.

Dry School (Mandatory!)

<googlemap lat="49.268442" lon="-123.255004" zoom="15" scales="yes" controls="large" height="300" width="300" type="map"> (A)49.268442, -123.255004, Buchanan building block A, 1866 Main Mall </googlemap>

When and Where?

To be held on the Wednesday, September 12th, from 6:30p-9:30p, in BUCH A100.

What Happens at Dry School?

There will be a brief introduction to glacier travel before we outline what’s to be expected for the weekend. Then, we’ll arrange transportation, stove and tent groups, collect your $5 fee, sell prussik cords, lend out VOC gear (max of 4 items each), and finally we’ll teach a few rope skills that will come in handy on the weekend.

What do I Need to Bring?

Glacier 1 students and other wishing to practice crevasse rescue, please bring your harnesses, biners and prussiks.

IMPORTANT: Bring your boots and crampons to ensure they are adjusted correctly if you have not done so previously or are unsure.

Glacier 1

This course is for glacier novices. Instructors will teach the basic glacier skills such as:

  • Roped travel
  • Self arrest
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Knots


Please post your name here along with
any skills you feel comfortable teaching.

Instructors: There will be a instructor meeting on Mon. the 10th at 6pm in the clubroom

  1. Matthew Baker (Teaching and practicing the items mentioned above)
  2. Scott Webster (can teach anything)
  3. Will Whitty (can teach anything)
  4. Veenstra
  5. Erik Frebold (rusty but happy to help!)
  6. Pete Hudson (can teach whatever)
  7. Matthew Carroll

Participants (Full!)

The list is currently full, please put your name in the Waiting List.

    1. Cory Sine (everything above).
    2. Christian Sampaleanu (Look Lisa, I'm leardning!)
    3. Meghan Anderson (everything above)
    4. Andrew Silversides (all of it!)
    5. Tracy Wilkinson (everything)
    6. Joanna Kolakowska (everything)
    7. Andrew Campbell (everything)
    8. Matthew Zieleman (everything)
    9. Afton Halloran (everything)
    10. Anne Webster (everything)
    11. Greg Dennis (everything)
    12. Nasim Boustani (everything)
    13. Lars Fjendbo
    14. Eric Escobar
    15. Elena Escudero
    16. Anton Bezglasnyy
    1. Devon Carr
    2. Dan Bewley
    3. Piotr Kuras
    4. Nathan Brown
    5. Michael Cook
    6. Jeff Ferguson
    7. Taylor Maarara
    8. Dorota Paleczek
    9. Derrick Lee
    10. Margery Pazdor
    11. Emily Beach (everything)
    12. Kaan Williams
    13. Jon Oehouver
    14. Katie Fewster-Yan
    15. Kasia Konopaeki
    16. Gordon Wetzstein

Waiting List

  • Priority will be accorded to first people in the following list if any participants above drop.
  1. Greg Stegeman
  2. Marco Rowan
  3. Mike Blicker (all)
  4. Ran Zhang (anything that happen in that two days - I have one tent spot to share and the 1of the best mountain chef who cooks for two. email me)
  5. Tahria Sheather

Glacier 2

This course is full. Please sign onto the waitlist '

This course is for people who have taken Glacier 1 or have previous glacier skills, but aren't fully comfortable route finding on a glacier. This group will work on more advanced skills or climb a nearby peak with an experienced leader.


Please post your name here along with any skills you feel comfortable teaching.

Instructors: There will be a instructor meeting on monday the 10th at 6pm in the clubroom

  1. Tim Blair
  2. Lara Thompson
  3. BramvS
  4. Thomas Brunner


    1. Christian Champagne
    2. Evan Morris (practise general skills or try for a summit)
    3. Ben Singleton-Polster (Yes I would like to learn)
    4. Erik Brown (refresher, maybe a peak)
    5. April Hall
    6. Charlie Caunt
    7. Matthew Breakey
    8. Eric DeGiuli (refresher)
    9. Jason Bedard (refresher, a peak?)
    10. Sebastian Oppel (route finding)
    11. Kerstin Bleitgen
    12. Natalie Stafl
    13. Madeleine Martin Aeney
    14. Ran Zhang
    15. Stephanie Mayronne
    16. Jasmine McEachern (refresher)
    17. Philippe Lebillon
    18. Robin Avery

Waiting List

  • Priority will be accorded to first people in the following list if any participants above drop.


Drivers please post your names here along with your vehicle capacity and departure info.

  • Name (X spots) (Time of Departure from Vancouver - Time of Arrival to Vancouver)

  • Eric Escobar (3 spots) (leaving from downtown, times depending on schedule)
  1. Lars Fjendbo
  2. Sebastian Oppel (our car broke down :-( )
  3. Kerstin Bleitgen
  • Pete Hudson's love truck (4 spots) (would prefer to do pickups in Kits or Downtown)
  1. Meghan Anderson (West 14th & Discovery)
  2. Anton B. (downtown or at your preference)
  3. Afton (UBC)
  4. (bachelorette number 4)
  • Matt Zieleman I can take three passengers comfortably. I come from Langley, so I wouldn't mind if I could get all my passengers in one pick up. Tentatively UBC, unless said passengers propose another location.
  1. Robin Avery (UBC would be best)
  2. Andrew Silversides (4th and macdoanald or ubc.... whatever works)

  • Scott's Car (4 spots total) Leaving from 19th and Oak.
  1. Scott Webster
  2. Anne Webster
  3. Christian S
  4. Greg Dennis (11th @ Alma)