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Crevasse Rescue Course


This 1-day course near Snoqualmie Pass 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 systems of crevasse rescue.

$200 Per Person
1 Days
6:1, 12:2

Trip Information

Price based on 4-6 climbers. 425-888-6397 x2 |

During our 1-day course we will cover and practice crevasse rescue systems.  This course will be run in the Snoqualmie Pass area at an easily accessed venue that will allow us to get the most out of the day.

We will start by discussing how to recognize crevasse 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 crevasse rescue refresher.

Duration: 1
Ratio: 6:1, 12:2
Difficulty Level:
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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 Strenuous

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 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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per person
Price based on 4-6 climbers. 425-888-6397 x2 |
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Cancellation Policy
If you cancel for any reason 60 or more days before domestic trips or 90 or more days before international and Alaska trips, we will refund everything you have paid minus half of your deposit. No refunds will be provided if you cancel your trip for ANY REASON (this includes but is not limited to illness including CoVid-19, injury, or work-related issues) within 60 days of the start of domestic trips or 90 days of international and Alaska based trips.  View Full Policy

Equipment List

Base Layer
  • Lightweight or midweight top (avoid cotton)
  • Lightweight or midweight long underwear bottoms, may omit depending on the warmth of your pants
  • Warm  socks
Mid Layer
  • Fleece or wool or similar warmth layer
  • Wind shirt or soft shell jacket - wind & water resistant, breathable
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable jacket with hood
  • Lightweight waterproof/breathable pants
  • Softshell pants
  • Down or synthetic puffy-type jacket
  • Warm hat - should cover ears
  • Sun hat - baseball type or visor
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • A 3rd pair of gloves - recommended for temps above freezing in case your gloves get wet (lightweight or midweight)
Personal Gear
  • Day pack – large enough to fit everything inside (25-40 liters)
  • Water bottles - enough for a full day - wide mouth best to prevent freezing shut, hydration systems are okay if the temps are going to be above freezing
  • Lunch and snacks - enough for a full day
  • Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
  • Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
  • Lip Balm - SPF 15+
  • Headlamp - lightweight LED recommended
Technical Gear

Technical Gear

  • Ice axe - lightweight, 45-70cm
  • Mountaineering boots, crampon-compatible (unless wearing ski/snowboard boots)
  • Boot crampons with anti-ball plates– ensure they fit your boots
  • Climbing harness - mountaineering style preferred (no padding; ex: Petzl Altitude, Black Diamond Couloir)
  • Climbing helmet - UIAA approved
  • Crevasse rescue kit:
    4 Locking carabiners - at least 1 large HMS style and 1 regular locker
    4 Non-locking carabiners - any style, we recommend wire gates
    1 Single length Dyneema/Dynex runner/sling (60cm/24in diameter loop)
    1 Double length Dyneema/Dynex runner/sling (120cm/48in diameter loop)
    1 Cordelette - 6 mm cord, 6 meter length
    1 Cordelette - 6 mm cord, 3 meter length
    1 Prussik loop - 3-4 feet of 6mm cordelette tied in loop with double fisherman's knot and/or a Sterling Hollowblock

Snow Travel Gear (depending on season)

  • Snow travel equipment - alpine touring or telemark skis or splitboard or snowshoes
  • Boots - touring ski boots or snowboard boots or mountaineering boots
  • Poles - adjustable poles are ideal so you can adjust the length when going uphill/downhill
  • Climbing skins
  • Ski brakes or removable ski leashes
  • Ski or splitboard crampons - ensure they are compatible with your bindings and ski/board width

Safety Gear (depending on season)

  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
  • Probe - dedicated probe only (240cm or longer strongly recommended)


Optional Items
  • Notebook and writing utensil
  • Thermos - with a hot drink
  • Compass - adjustable declination a must
  • Altimeter watch
  • Tibloc and/or MicroTraxion devices
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Neck gaiter - for protecting your face from sun, wind, cold
Additional Items

Please note: depending on the conditions and/or venue, you may not need avalanche safety gear.  Early season courses may travel to the course site via skis or snowshoes, while later season courses may use only mountaineering boots.  We will let you know.

PGS Supplied

  • Radio
  • Group first aid kit
  • Group technical gear - ropes, pickets, etc.


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