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The Alpine Club of Canada

Learn the Skills Needed to Travel Across Glaciers Safely and Independently

If you’re planning on venturing onto a glacier this winter, it is vital that you practice or refresh your crevasse rescue skills. And who better do it with than Canada’s national mountaineering organization?

If you are looking at taking your crevasse rescue to the next level this is the course for you! Maybe you travel in a group of 2 on the glacier, or want to build systems that give you the mechanical advantage to pull anything you need out of a crevasse. This is the course for you!

Our Winter 2024 offerings are led by our highly experienced Lead Winter Guide, Doug Latimer. Doug is currently authoring an e-book on the subject (to be included in your course fee if completed in time) and will teach all of the skills necessary to maximize safety skiing across glaciated terrain and deal with a crevasse fall scenario.

The course will start with an evening session the Thursday before your field day where you will go over gear, take a look at systems to understand how they work and review basic knots. The Saturday will be the field day where you will dive into hands on learning at a climbing crag, like Rundle Rock. Here you will set up different systems and practice in a more forgiving environment. On the final field day, the group will have the opportunity to ski to a glacial environment to practice the systems and apply the skills learned in a realistic setting.

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BOOKING INFORMATION

Dates:

Evening Online Session:

November 16th

Field Days:

November 18TH-19TH 2023

Price: $400+ TAX


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Hazards Details Guides Location
Hazards

Rockfall and icefall
Avalanche
Terrain
Falls and belaying
Communication, rescue, and medical treatment
Other

Details

Camp Objectives

Skills you’ll learn on this course include

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 (Online evening session)

Day 2

Day 3

Is this Camp For Me?

Intermediate 

Participants need to have a solid foundation in snow anchors and the standard drop loop rescue system used in the basic crevasse rescue course. Glacier travel is not covered in advanced crevasse rescue as it is assumed participants have this experience.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Food is not provided as part of the course. Please bring along a packed lunch and some snacks for your field days.

Accommodation

As this course is offered out of the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore, we invite all out-of-town participants to stay with us. Located on a high bench overlooking the Three Sisters, Ha Ling and Mount Rundle, the ACC Clubhouse hostel is the perfect place to relax while completing your Crevasse Rescue Course. You can reserve a room for the night between your classroom day and field day upon reservation. Or if you need to stay longer, call our reservations team on 403 678 3200 ext. 300. 

For full details on the Canmore Clubhouse accommodation click here.

Guiding

Our on-staff ACC guide, Doug Latimer, oversees our crevasse rescue program. Doug has almost 20 years of experience in teaching instructional courses and is currently writing his own e-book on crevasse rescue which we hope to include with the course as soon as it is available. We are extremely excited to have him on board for another season after rave reviews in his past years working with us.

We want to provide the best possible learning experience and give you maximum opportunity to ask questions. So, for our field days, we bring in an extra guide/instructor where necessary to keep participant-to-guide ratios below a maximum of 6:1.  

The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!

Rentals

If you don’t have everything on the gear list and aren’t ready to invest in your own, there are many awesome local businesses that rent out all of the equipment you will need. Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.

Guides

Doug Latimer

Doug has 20+ years of guiding experience behind him as an ACMG ski guide and an ACMG apprentice rock guide. As well as his private guiding he has spent a number of years working for the UoC where he taught a range of instructional programs in avalanche training, crevasse rescue and backcountry ski and ski mountaineering. He also somehow finds time to run a multimedia production company! On top of all that, we are lucky to have Doug as our lead winter guide, where he shares his fantastic enthusiasm and extensive knowledge throughout our winter programs.

Doug Latimer
Location

Rockfall and icefall
Avalanche
Terrain
Falls and belaying
Communication, rescue, and medical treatment
Other

Camp Objectives

Skills you’ll learn on this course include

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary

Day 1 (Online evening session)

Day 2

Day 3

Is this Camp For Me?

Intermediate 

Participants need to have a solid foundation in snow anchors and the standard drop loop rescue system used in the basic crevasse rescue course. Glacier travel is not covered in advanced crevasse rescue as it is assumed participants have this experience.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Food is not provided as part of the course. Please bring along a packed lunch and some snacks for your field days.

Accommodation

As this course is offered out of the ACC Clubhouse in Canmore, we invite all out-of-town participants to stay with us. Located on a high bench overlooking the Three Sisters, Ha Ling and Mount Rundle, the ACC Clubhouse hostel is the perfect place to relax while completing your Crevasse Rescue Course. You can reserve a room for the night between your classroom day and field day upon reservation. Or if you need to stay longer, call our reservations team on 403 678 3200 ext. 300. 

For full details on the Canmore Clubhouse accommodation click here.

Guiding

Our on-staff ACC guide, Doug Latimer, oversees our crevasse rescue program. Doug has almost 20 years of experience in teaching instructional courses and is currently writing his own e-book on crevasse rescue which we hope to include with the course as soon as it is available. We are extremely excited to have him on board for another season after rave reviews in his past years working with us.

We want to provide the best possible learning experience and give you maximum opportunity to ask questions. So, for our field days, we bring in an extra guide/instructor where necessary to keep participant-to-guide ratios below a maximum of 6:1.  

The ACC hires guides certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG). Visit the ACMG website to learn more about what they do!

Rentals

If you don’t have everything on the gear list and aren’t ready to invest in your own, there are many awesome local businesses that rent out all of the equipment you will need. Be sure to reserve your rentals ahead of time to make sure everything you need is available for you when you need it.

We sell Tugo® Travel Insurance suitable for both ACC Adventures and personal trips:

TRAVEL INSURANCE

INCLUDED WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

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ORGANIZING FANTASTIC ACC ADVENTURES FOR OVER 100 YEARS