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Name: Winter Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Course
Starts: Sat Jan 13, 2018
Meetup: TBA
Return: Sun Jan 14, 2018

Registration opens: Fri Dec 08, 2017
Event category: Instructional Program
Difficulty grade: B3  [?]
For members only: Yes
Screening used: No
Max participants: 12

Organizer: Marlaina Rhymer
Profile info:
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Participant Information

This course is for British Columbia Mountaineering Club (BCMC) members with backcountry ski touring experience looking to obtain glacier travel and companion rescue skills. 

This course will be taught by an ACMG certified guide though Mountain Skills Academy & Adventures (MSAA). MSAA is offering us a special price, just for BCMC members, of $279.20 (regular price for non-members: $349). 

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 glacier skiing is often 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) Click “Join this trip” on the left hand side of the page. You will be added to the Waiting List

(2)  Complete your payment directly with MSAA at this link: https://www.mountainskillsacademy.com/courses/winter-crevasse-rescue-and-glacier-travel-whistler-squamish/ using the promo code shown on the left side of the page under "Course Online Payment". This promo code will only be visible once you're on the Waiting ListBe sure to select January 13/14 dates.

(3)  You will receive a confirmation email from MSAA once your payment is completed. Forward your confirmation email to courses@bcmc.ca. You will then be added to the Confirmed List

(4)  Keep an eye on your email for further information 

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
 courses@bcmc.ca with your request, along with a list of recent trips and/or course(s) you have been the primary organizer for. 

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact courses@bcmc.ca

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