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Revision as of 18:08, 29 August 2007

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.
  • Glacier gear:
    • Ice axe
    • Crampons
    • Harness
    • Helmet

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 about $8 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

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!)

To be held on the Wednesday, September 12th (location TBA). This meeting will cover same basic theory (i.e. what exactly is a prussik and how do I use it?) in addition to arranging instruction groups, rides and other logistics.

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.

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.

    1. Matthew Baker (Teaching and practicing the items mentioned above)
    2. Scott Webster


Participants please post your name here
along with what you would like to learn.

    1. Cory Sine (everything above).
    2. Christian Sampaleanu (Look Lisa, I'm leardning!)
    3. Meghan Anderson (everything above)
    4. Elissa Smith (everything)
    5. Andrew Silversides (all of it!)
    6. Tracy Wilkinson (everything)
    7. Joanna Kolakowska (everything)
    8. Andrew Campbell (everything)
    9. Matthew Zieleman (everything)
    10. Afton Halloran (everything)
    11. Anne Webster
    12. Greg Dennis (everything)
    13. Grant McGregor (everything)
    14. Bob Lai (everything)
    15. Bronwyn Jarvis (ditto)
    16. Nasim Boustani (everything)

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.


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

    1. Veenstra, whatever (including 'Vertical Limit' style gorge crossing)
    2. Tim Blair
    3. Lara Thompson
    4. Bram Van Straaten
    5. Thomas Brunner


Participants please post your name here
along with what you would like to learn.

    1. Christian Champagne
    2. Matthew Carroll (or if no instructors sign up above I can teach some complete beginners basics instead)
    3. Evan Morris (practise general skills or try for a summit)
    4. Marcin Mirski
    5. Ben Singleton-Polster (Yes I would like to learn)
    6. Erik Brown (refresher, maybe a peak)
    7. April Hall
    8. Mike Danilov
    9. Matt Parisien (Joffre, perhaps?)
    10. Charlie Caunt
    11. Matthew Breakey


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)