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Crevasse Rescue Schools??


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Justin Petersen · · Enumclaw, Wa · Joined May 2017 · Points: 0

Hello all,

As of last summer a friend and I have become very interested in mountaineering, but with the little training and experience we have on the upper mountain it makes it tough to climb the more technical routes in the PNW. We were able to climb Hood and Adams last year, but we quickly realized that we needed some training before heading up harder mountains like Rainier or Baker. Crevasse Rescue and roping up on glaciers is our number one priority as far as training, but looking at the availability of the guide service schools, they all seem to be full. We found one class that is held on Baker run by Northwest Mountain Sports (anyone heard of them?). If anyone has any suggestions, or is even willing to teach the essentials of crevasse rescue, please let me know!

Thanks,

Justin

FosterK · · Edmonton, AB · Joined Nov 2012 · Points: 43

If you are going to guided route, I find the best bang for the buck is to have you and your friend(s) split the cost for an AMGA/IFMGA Alpine Guide/Mountain Guide (can search by state here: https://amga.com/hire-a-guide/) for two or 3 days days to get some dedicated instruction. This avoids the congestion or competition felt in bigger course, you know the people you are most likely climbing with have the same training you have, how competent they are, and doesn't significantly increase the costs. Plus you might even actually climb something to put your skills into practice.

This is a good adjunct to gaining experience under a mentor, or club system.

Kyle Tarry · · Portland, OR · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 175

AAI appears to have 7 dates this summer that are still open: http://www.alpineinstitute.com/catalog/glacier-skills-and-crevasse-rescue/

RMI seems to be booked but may have waitlist options: https://www.rmiguides.com/mt-rainier/crevasse-rescue-school/itinerary

KAF has open slots: http://www.kafadventures.com/adventures/crevasse-rescue-intermediate/

TMG's website doesn't show booking but it doesn't say it's full either: https://www.timberlinemtguides.com/instruction/one-day-alpine-skills-courses/introduction-to-crevasse-rescue/

Realistically, if you and your friend are reasonable folks, you can probably self-train with some assistance from a couple books and youtube videos.  Practice is the most important thing, if you spend a few days doing drills that mimic real rescue scenarios, you'll be better prepared than anybody who can sketch up fancy haul systems but hasn't used them.

A C · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 115

IMG is always a solid option

sandrock · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 115

Hiring a private guide is definitly the way to go to get specific instruction tailored to you. 

you can also check with The Mountaineers or the Mazamas

Justin Petersen · · Enumclaw, Wa · Joined May 2017 · Points: 0

Thanks for the input everyone! I like the idea of hiring a private guide for more personalized training, we've already researched, read, and watched plenty of videos on how to do it, so it wont take much for us to learn. At this point it is just getting out there with some instruction on how to do it.


Thanks again


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