Glacier Travel Practice - Saturday, Jul 25, 2015

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The Basics:
Event Type: Alpine 
Event Location: Columbia Icefields 
Date(s) & Time:   Saturday, Jul 25, 2015 10:00 AM  
Registration Cut Off:   Friday, Jul 24, 2015 07:00 PM  
Event Duration: 1 Day 
Difficulty Rating:   D1 - See Conversion Chart  
Trip Coordinator(s):   Luc Fortin
Susan Twitchell

Participant Info:
Who's Invited:   Members Only  
Attendee Screening:   Attendees are Pre-Screened
Maximum Group Size: 6
Maximum No. Guests: 0
Minimum Group Size: 4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member: 0
Number Registered So Far:   6 (View sign-ups, waiting list)
Are Dogs Permitted:   No

We'll head out to the Columbia Icefields for the day to practice glacier travel skills and crevasse rescue techniques in a practical setting. Most likely the venue will be the Athabasca glacier, but the final destination will be determined by the trip coordinators based on weather & conditions. We won’t be aiming to summit a peak on this trip, but rather we’ll be focusing on safe & efficient tactics and methods of navigating a glacier. Some things we’ll practice will include: when & how to rope up for glacier travel, route- finding, identifying hazards, building anchors & placing protection, and simple crevasse rescue. This day is ideal for people who have already had some level of training, instruction, or practice with glacier travel, and are looking get some practical experience. It’s ok if participants haven’t yet actually been out onto a glacier before (or if their skills are a bit rusty), but they should have a basic understanding of main glacier travel concepts and simple crevasse rescue systems. Luc and Susan are not professional guides and this is not a course, but we are willing to share what we know about safe travel over glaciated terrain, and can facilitate a good environment for everyone to practice & develop their skills.
Required Items to Bring:
Helmet, harness, sunglasses, sunscreen, belay device, ice tools, personal prussiks, 3 lockers, 4 non-lockers, a 4-6m long prussik cord, a double length sling, crampons (Note: pre-fit your crampons to your boots to be certain they will go on without problems BEFORE the day of the trip), lots of warm/waterproof clothes, and a backpack that will fit everything plus a bit of group gear. If you have any questions about gear email Susan and she'll let you know if what you've got is good enough. We also have some spare gear if you are short on something, so no need to rush out to the store right away if you are missing an item on the list.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Ice screws, draws, pulleys, trekking pole, and any other gear you'd typically bring (or would like to try out) for a day on a glacier.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:   We'll be meeting at 10AM at the small parking lot across from the Columbia Icefield Info Center (by the gate where the Brewster buses head up to the snow-coach loading area).  

Please send a note describing your past glacier travel training and experience, as well as any scrambling/climbing experience you think is relevant to

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
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Registration for this event closed on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 07:00 PM.