Travelling on a glacier may seem quite a mellow activity for strong skiers used to steeper terrain but the unseen hazards of snow covered crevasses pose a real risk that catch people out time and again. Its not good enough that your friend knows a little about glaciers, you yourself should have a foundation in glacier travel knowing how and when to rope up, how to build and anchor and how to choose the appropriate hoisting system for a crevasse rescue (read about Petzl’s RAD system here).
Whether you are a skier wanting to ski off the Midi, or a novice alpinist with aspirations for coveted alpine routes, travelling safely on a glacier should not be overlooked. This 1 day course will give you the skills and confidence required to follow your dreams.
Whether you want to explore to the remote corners of the Planet or traverse the Valley Blanche, knowing when and how to rope up to protect yourself from crevasses is an essential skill
Should a member of your team fall in a crevasse, building an anchor is the foundation of any hoisting system used in the rescue. Anchors can be made from skis, ice axes or ice screws depending on the situation.
Hoisting systems give the necessary mechanical advantage to pull someone out of a crevasse. Knowing which system to deploy is crucial, 2:1. 3:1, 7:1 and Petzl RAD Systems explained.