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September 19th - 20th, 2009

Mandatory dry school on Wed September 16th at 7pm in BUCH B213

General Information

What is 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.


Students should expect to learn the following skills:

  • Knots for mountaineering
  • Travelling over snow and ice with crampons
  • Self Arrest in snow (if there is any snow)
  • Crevasse avoidance
  • Snow and ice anchors (picket, t-slot, snow and ice bollards, v-thread, etc)
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Crevasse self and team rescue
  • Belaying techniques for mountaineering

The prerequisites for being a student at glacier school are minimal

Sign up early as group size will be limited to ensure low student/instructor ratio and minimal environmental impact

Students must have overnight backpacking experience and a good attitude. 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, nor are they certified by any recognized school or association. 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.

How much does it cost?

The instructors at glacier school are all volunteers, but there are still minor expenses that need to be covered like the information booklet you receive at Dry school. Also you will need to pay your driver gas money, which can vary depending on how many people you are in the car and what kind of car it is. If you need to borrow gear from the clubroom a deposit is needed, but this will be returned to you again when you return the gear. Please bring CASH for all expenses (preferably small change). Prussik cords and the VOC expenses need to be paid at the dryschool, gas money are paid to your driver on the trip and gear deposit needs to be paid when you pick up your gear either during gear hours or at dryschool.

$5 for two prussik cords, unless you already have them.
$10-15(TBD) for VOC expenses: Photocopying/booklet, beverages, poo bags, donation to the Flavelles, etc.
$25 typical gas money, negotiated with your driver.
$0-200 deposit for gear rental, refundable when the gear is returned.

What Do I Need?


  • 1 set of non-cotton clothes (just the one on your back)
  • 1 additional warm thing (fleece / down jacket)
  • water proof pants and jacket (even if the weather is suppose to be good)
  • toque (best warmth/weight ratio going for clothing)
  • gloves
  • boots
  • sun hat
  • gaiters
  • an extra set of non-cotton clothes might be worth the weight if the weather is going to be bad


  • Tent (not everybody...)
  • sleeping bag (a summer bag is probably good, depending how warm you think you sleep. 0C or warmer)
  • sleeping pad


  • Burly container / outer bag for carrying poo bags (smell resistance recommended)
  • Sunscreen
  • Headlamp
  • lip balm
  • sunglasses
  • camera
  • bug net (works way better than bug juice, plus it doesn't wreck the environment or your stuff)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Lighter
  • Bearspray (optional - with such a large, probably noisy, group I'd be highly surprised if any self-respecting bear would go anywhere near us)


  • ice axe
  • crampons (which fit boots! Bring your boots and crampons to dryschool if you need help)
  • climbing harness
  • helmet
  • prussiks (you can buy these at the dry school)
  • 2 non-locking and 2 locking carabiners


  • stove + pot + fuel + lighter (or be friendly)
  • Plastic thing to eat out of (old yogurt container? Or something fancier)
  • spoon
  • Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch (food groups will be arranged at dry school)
  • Water (ability to carry min. 1L, depending on your size).
  • Water purifier drops (optional)


  • songbook
  • down slippers for camp, aka booties, other lightweight footwear, such as "Crocs" may be appropriate luxury items
  • instrument


And a pack to put it all in.

The VOC has some of the technical gear and will lend it out to students for a minor deposit. See gear list for details. You can borrow gear from the VOC any day during gear hours or after 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.

If you don't have a tent or a stove, don't worry... food and tent groups will be arranged at dry school.


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Glacier 1

Anniversary Glacier / Cerise Creek.


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

Glacier 2


Dry School (Mandatory!)

The dry school is mandatory, so if you don't show up to the dry school, you will lose you spot on the trip and someone on the waitlist will get the chance to learn about glaciers instead of you.

When and Where?

Wednesday, September 16th @ 7pm, Buchanan B-213

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 fees, 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 to Dry School?

Glacier 1 students and other wishing to practise 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.

Sign up

Glacier 1

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

  • Roped travel
  • Self arrest
  • Crevasse rescue
  • Knots

Instructor sign up

Please send me an email(linelc83 at gmail) with any skills you feel comfortable teaching. There will be an instructor meeting (time TBD). There is a limit on the number of instructors as well, to be determined.

1. Line
2. Christian
3. Will
4. Celina
5. Lara
6. Jacob
7. Meghan
8. Matthew C
9. Roland
10. Greta

Student sign up

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Current limit for G1 is 30 students

  1. Chloe Sharpe
  2. Jesse Janssen
  3. Nick Matwyuk
  4. Samuel Mason
  5. Helen Dulfer
  6. Anne-Marie Madden
  7. Bethan McKevitt
  8. Doris Leong
  9. Len Goff
  10. Ryan McKenzie
  11. Pascale
  12. Maki Sumitani
  13. Janine Welton
  14. Todd Mackenzie
  15. Dan Robb
  16. Maya Kurokawa
  17. Kelly
  18. Ankur
  19. Anil
  20. Veronika Schmitt
  21. Stefanie Schmitt
  22. Eddie R (still on road trip. Skaha Bluffs)
  23. Adrien Thevenet
  24. Bonn-Tien Mark
  25. Andrew Maurer
  26. Simen Vogt-Svendsen
  27. Cameron Bathgate
  28. Alireza Sharif
  29. Lisa P
  30. Kasper Podgorski

Waiting List

Priority will be accorded to first people in the following list if any participants above drop. Please only put your name down once on this page, you can't sign up for both G1 and G2. If you are qualified for G2, you are not suitable for G1.

Come to Dry School!!! Wait list people can usually be accommodated at Dry School.

  1. Ali Walsh
  2. Christina Gray
  3. Kevin Tan
  4. Grant Stewart
  5. Mike Leishman
  6. Mylene Lejay
  7. Sahriar Kabir
  8. Mohammad M
  9. Brad Ward
  10. Matt Zieleman (have car) Needle Peak

Car list


  1. Greta
  2. Bethan
  3. Cam


  1. Len
  2. Adrein
  3. Bonn-Them
  4. Doris


  1. Pascale
  2. Stefanie
  3. Veronika


  1. Jesse
  2. Anne-Marie
  3. Dan R
  4. Todd


  1. Maya K
  2. Mylene
  3. Ali
  4. Helen
  5. Anil
  6. Ankur


  1. Christian
  2. Line
  3. Andrew (604-341-1801)


  1. Meghan
  2. Lisa
  3. If needed


  1. Nick
  2. Simen
  3. Alireza

Roland (leaving Friday around 4pm, camping at trailhead)

  1. Maki
  2. Janine
  3. spare seat(s), but note leaving Friday around 4pm

Glacier 2

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. Probably at a different location than G1


Please send me an email (linelc83 at gmail) with any skills you feel comfortable teaching.

There will be an instructor meeting TBA. There is a limit on the number of instructors as well, to be determined.

  1. Geoff
  2. Scott W


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Current limit is 8

  1. Ignacio
  2. Eliza
  3. Caleb
  4. Andrew Silversides
  5. Adrienne Johnson
  6. Colin V
  7. Oker Chen
  8. Mike Duncan

Wait list

  1. Jenn Burt
  2. Matt Osler Needle Peak
  3. Rachael Bagnall
  4. Laura Morrison
  5. Angela H (Car seats 5)
  6. Evan Anderson

Glacier 2 Vehicles

  • Mike Duncan (5 spots including driver) (Saturday morning - Sunday evening) kits area
  1. "Don't sign up here yet. I am still on the wait list."
  • Jenn Burt (4 spots including driver) Granville and 16th area. I'm also on waitlist, so don't sign up here yet.