The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Advanced Crevasse Rescue Course - Sat, May 6 2017

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PRE-REGISTRATION MAY BE REQUIRED. Please review the event details carefully, and if registration is required and you'd like to join us, you must sign up at the bottom of this page. Non-member guests must contact the leader (see Notes below) to register. If payment is required for this event, you will be expected to send your payment to the Event Leader - payable to the Alpine Club of Canada, Vancouver Section.

The Basics:
Event Type:Training
Event Location:Whistler
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 6 2017  8:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 5 2017 11:00:00 AM
Event Duration:Full Day
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): Marlaina Rhymer
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, All Ages Welcome
Attendee Screening: Attendees are Pre-Screened - Trip Leader will review your background and may contact you before accepting you on the trip.
Number Registered So Far: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)

The course, taught by professional ACMG certified guides (thanks MSA), is absolutely FREE, but only available to active trip-leaders who already have some glacier travel and crevasse rescue experience or training, and are interested in trying out some more advanced skills.

During this course, you'll learn how to properly use the new Petzl RAD system (rappel and descent). This ultralight system can be used for rescue in an unroped crevasse fall scenario, but it does need some knowhow to avoid it's shortcomings.
You'll get to try out some roped and unroped rescue scenarios to showcase how the system works.

MSA is hoping to film some video material to showcase the systems use while were out there, and we will have the opportunity to record some footage to showcase the club also.
Important: Participants must be active-trip leaders, and must have previous glacier travel and crevasse rescue experience or training. You must also be intermediate backcountry skiers or splitboarders, and ok with being filmed.

Now! Here's where it gets slightly complicated. We want GOOD WEATHER for this course, so we might have to be flexible on the dates. Here's how signup is therefore going to work:
  1. Show you're interested in this course by signing up here.
  2. During the week before the course, MSAA will send out an email to all participants on the list with a go / no-go decision based on the forecast.
  3. If it's a "go", then the first 6 people to reply to the email will get the spots.
  4. If it's a "no-go", then MSAA will postpone to Sunday, May 7 or the following weekend and repeat the process.

The course will most likely be held in the Whistler Blackcomb slackcountry, such as on the Spearhead Glacier. Participants will therefore require a backcountry lift ticket for the day which can be purchased from MSA or directly from WB. Please don't purchase your ticket until you've been confirmed on the course.

Any questions about the course or the sign-up process can be directed to

Required Items to Bring:
- Clothing appropriate for the day, including extra warm items for standing around or hanging in crevasses
- Your regular ski touring or splitboarding setup including skins, boots, poles
- Food and drink for the day
- Harness (might be smart to bring a comfortable one rather than a minimalist one in case you're hanging on it for extended periods during the course)
- Helmet
- Your usual crevasse rescue kit (optional)

Your guide will provide all group gear including the Petzl RAD systems.
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:To be sent in logistics email in week prior to course

Any questions about this course can be directed to Marlaina at
- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in ACC VA events.

Cost Includes:An ACMG certified guide, all group gear. Rental equipment available upon request.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Etiquette Guidelines!
Note: If you don't show up we will be very hurt!

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