What to take when your skiing on glaciers?

Well, firstly you should go on a crevasse rescue course or practice your crevasse rescue in a safe place. There’s no point in carrying gear if you don’t know how to use it!

Some people will carry less, some more. It’s a balance between going lightweight, and making it easy for yourself if someone does fall into a creavsse.

Crevasse rescue kit for ski touring. Enough to make it efficient, without going overboard. If your not too slick with your hauling, an extra krab or two will help if you muck something up!

  • Petzl mini traxion and DMM revolver krab make a big difference.
  • 5m of 6mm cord makes it easy to back up initial anchor.
  • 2x 120cm slings, 1 x 60cm.
  • Medium and small screwgate krabs.
  • 2x 17cm ice screws.
  • 2 prussik cords, still essential despite modern gear.

I also carry an ice threader, and a small knife for cutting cord for abseils etc.

Rope wise, it depends on the size of the group and the terrain we’re on. Generally two 30m, 8mm ropes are good. You need two in case the person with the rope falls in the slot.

Sometimes I’ll carry a full weight, longer rope, especially if we’re on rock mountaineering terrain. At the other end of the scale, my 7mm static 50m rope is great for snowy routes, or if your tying lots of people into a rope.

I’m a fan of roping up when skinning uphill on a glacier, especially in areas that have had fresh snow fall so you can’t see the crevasses. I’ll rope up downhill as well in bad visibility or through heavily crevassed areas.