Crevasse Rescue Course

This 1-Day Course in the Snoqualmie Valley will introduce you to the skills necessary for performing a crevasse rescue. This is a great course if you are new to mountaineering or looking for a refresher on the important system of crevasse rescue. 

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

Overall Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate

Skills Required: No prior mountaineering experience required, but prior knowledge of basic climbing knots is helpful

Fitness Level: Not Very Strenous

  • Category: Alpine
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 4:1,8:2

* Required Fields

During our 1-Day Course we will cover and practice crevasse rescue systems.  This course will be run in the Alpental Valley (or other venue if necessary due to conditions). This is an easily accessed venue that will allow us to get the most out of the day.

We will start by discussing how to recognize crevasses hazards when traveling in glaciated terrain. We will then discuss and practice roping up for glacier travel. Throughout the day we will work on a variety of separate skills that are all part of the larger crevasse rescue system. This will be a hands on course practicing these skills throughout the day. This is a great course to get you prepared for one of our Ski Mountaineering or Mountaineering Courses or if you are just looking for a cravesse rescue refresher.

 Course Curriculum Includes:

  • Recognizing Crevasse Fall Hazard

  • How to Rope Up for Glacier Travel

  • Knots & Hitches

  • Snow Anchor Construction

  • Mechanical Advantage Explained 

  • Load Transfers

  • Haul Systems

  • Putting It All Together

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o 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight

o 1 Top - midweight or lightweight

o  Ski Socks


o Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary


o Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket

o Schoeller™  Type Pants

o Warm Hat - should cover ears

o Sun Hat - baseball type or visor

o Lightweight Gloves

o Ski Gloves


Mountaineering Boots - leather or synthetic, crampon compatible

o Day Pack – 25 to 40 Liters

o Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration system

o Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full day outing

o Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel

o  Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof

o Lip Balm - SPF 15+

o Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended


o Transceiver

o Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred

o Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice


o  Ice Axe - 55-70 cm length

o Crampons - 10 or 12 point steel, pre-fit to boots

o  Anti-ball plates - for crampons

o  Climbing Helmet - UIAA approved only

o  Climbing Harness - mountaineering style (e.g. B.D. Alpine Bod)


o  Locking Biners (4) - (1) large HMS style and (1) regular locker

o  Non-locking Biners (4) - any style, we prefer wire gate type

o  Cordelettes (2) - 6 mm diameter, 6 meter lengths, untied

o Sewn Slings (2) - 1 single length (60 cm), 1 double length (120 cm)

OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.

o Down or Synthetic Jacket

o Thermos - vacuum type

o Compass - adjustable declination a must

o Altimeter - Suunto watch works well

o Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice

o Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangles



O Technical Group Gear, VHF radio

o  Group 1st Aid Kit