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Name: Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Course
Starts: Sat Mar 11, 2017
Meetup: TBA
Return: Sun Mar 12, 2017

Registration opens: Mon Feb 06, 2017
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B3  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 8

Organizer: Marlaina Rhymer
Profile info:
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Participant Information

This course is for groups of 4 to 8* BCMC members with backcountry ski touring experience looking to obtain glacier travel and companion rescue skills.  Course will be held March 11 and 12, 2016.

*Note 1: if this course is not fully booked, i.e. a minimum of 4 paid participants then this course may be cancelled and refunds will be provided to those that paid.

This course will be taught by an ACMG certified guide though the Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures (MSAA). MSAA is offering us a special price, just for BCMC members, of $230 (regular price for non-members: $300). Please read the SIGN UP PROCEDURES below carefully and be sure to follow all the steps.

Course Overview: This fully comprehensive crevasse rescue course for backcountry skiers and splitboarders features MSAA's very own efficient, effective, light, and fast crevasse rescue system. From experience garnered worldwide and testing many different systems, MSAA's system combines the best elements of safety, lightness, and ease of use.

An important point that differentiates MSAA's course from others is the unroped victim course component. This includes rappelling into and ascending out of a crevasse to perform rescue of an unroped victim - an essential skill considering over 85% of glacier skiing is performed unroped.

In order to be self-sufficient, backcountry skiers and alpine climbers learn the three all-important components: rope ascension, crevasse rescue, and glacier travel. 


Participants are expected to provide their own ski/splitboard setup, avalanche safety gear, food, clothing, and transportation. A crevasse rescue kit* is also required; participants can provide their own or rent directly from MSAA. Avalanche safety gear can also be rented if needed.

*Crevasse rescue kit contents:
- 1 autoblock device (Petzl Reverso or Black Diamond ATC Guide)
- 4 locking carabiners
- 1 x 120cm double length sling
- 2 x 5m prussics (7mm diameter)
- 1 x 1.5m prussic (7mm diameter)
- 1 ice screw (22cm is ideal)

The guide will provide group gear including ropes.



To sign up for this course, follow these steps:

(1) Sign up for this course in the BCMC website by clicking "Join this Trip" on the left hand side of this page. You will automatically be added to the Waiting List 

(2) Once on the Waiting List, you will receive a "payment request" email from MSAA with a direct link to their booking system where you can securely complete your payment. This might take up to 48 hours so be patient on this step :)

(3) Once your payment is complete, you will receive a confirmation email from MSAA. Please forward your confirmation email to bcmc.courses@gmail.com, then you will be added to the Confirmed List

(4) Keep an eye on your inbox for future updates and details on logistics

Trip Organizer & Volunteer Instructor Incentive Program:

If you’ve volunteered your time as either:
(a) a Trip Organizer with 4 or more outdoor trips in the past 12 months, you may apply for a 25% rebate off the course fee, or
b) Course Instructor (primary volunteer organizer) in the past 12 months, you may apply for a 50% refund off the course fee.
Please email
 bcmc.courses@gmail.com with your request, along with a list of recent trips and/or course(s) you have been the primary organizer for. 

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