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Crevasse Rescue Course

Learn the fundamentals of Crevasse Rescue with the expert guidance of an IFMGA Mountain Guide…

Travelling on glaciers on foot or ski can be both exhilarating and daunting. They provide some of the most spectacular terrain in the alps but demand a high level of respect.

Our crevasse rescue courses cover trip planning and prevention as well as the nitty gritty of hauling techniques. Prevention is key, not falling in a crevasse in the first place is the over riding priority!

During the course we focus on the fundamentals of rescue techniques, and allow enough time to practice. It is important to be practiced and slick at these rather than getting distracted by more complicated skills to early.

The one day crevasse rescue courses cover many aspects of crevasse rescue


You will need to back this knowledge up with some practice at home or in the garden. Being familiar with some knots and ropes will be a bonus, but is not a prerequisite for this course. We start at the absolute basics no matter what your previous experience level.

This course is available year round, for both skiers and boarders in the winter/spring and mountaineers in the summer. Please do contact us to book a private course.


 2017 prices

  • 1 – 2 People £310

  • 3 people - £115 pp

  • 4 people - £95 pp

  • 5 – 6 people - £80 pp

Course Syllabus

Our course syllabus is very flexible, but aim we aim to cover self-rescue as well as hauling techniques.

  • Trip planning and map interpretation

  • Equipment for glacial travel
  • Roping up for glacial travel (on skis and on foot)
  • Building snow/ice anchors
  • Backing up of snow anchors
  • Mountain rescue protocols
  • Preparing the lip of the crevasse for hauling
  • 3:1 hauling system
  • Introduction of 6:1 hauling system
  • “Gadgets” - pully and autoblocs
  • Self-rescue prussiking

Our venue is normally the Grand Montet lift system in Chamonix, although this varies depending on weather and conditions.

Equipment required;

  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Ice Axe
  • Crampons (summer)
  • Rucksack
  • Lunch/snacks
  • Lift Pass (can be bought on the day)

We provide group equipment such as ropes and technical gear. Please let us know if you would like to hire any of the equipment listed above.

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Super glad I left the snow shoes in the car. Wouldn’t have got the same workout using those.

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