Camp Highlights

  • Learn crevasse rescue techniques with the ACC's Lead Winter Guide
  • Fall and spring course dates available
  • Clubhouse and field based sessions maximize learning
  • ACC Clubhouse accommodation available for a small additional fee

Dates & price

  •  9th-10th Nov, 2019
  •  25th-26th April, 2020
  • $250 per person

Learn the Skills Needed to Travel Across Glaciers Safely and Independently

Whether it's upcoming ski or summer mountaineering missions, shoulder season is the perfect time to update and refresh those vital crevasse rescue skills. And who better do it with than Canada's national mountaineering organization?

Our fall and late spring 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 in glaciated terrain and deal with a crevasse fall scenario.

Sessions will be split across both the Canmore Clubhouse and in-the-field to maximize learning opportunities. And for those of you coming from farther afield, a night at our Canmore Clubhouse's award winning hostel accommodation can also be included upon booking.
Camp Objectives

Skills you'll learn on this course include:

  • Basic knots
  • Essential climbing knots (prusik, clove hitch, munter hitch, munter-mule-overhand, double-fisherman’s, girth hitch)
  • Ascending & descending rope
  • Mechanical advantage: setting up a haul system
  • Use of specific equipment (pulleys, micro-traction, ready-built systems)
  • Glacier travel basics (where & why crevasses form)
  • Roped & unroped skiing and hiking
  • Transferring load
  • Types of snow anchors
  • Review of crevasse rescue steps
  • Arresting a crevasse fall
  • Transferring load to an anchor
  • Hands-on practice of setting up and executing hauling systems
  • Special scenarios: 2-person rescue, unroped fall into crevasse 

  • Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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    • Day 1
    • The first day will be taught out of the ACC's beautiful Clubhouse in Canmore. You’ll review essential climbing knots, how to descend and ascend a rope, and learn how to set up a hauling system. 
    • Your guide will also discuss the use of commercially-available crevasse rescue equipment (pulleys and ready-made systems) and provide opportunity to practice with these. 

      An outdoor-based session will cover glacier travel basics, roped and unroped skiing, types of snow anchors, and review the different steps to a crevasse rescue

    Day 2 

    The field day will let you practice your new skills in a realistic outdoor environment. The group will drive to Kananaskis or the Icefields Parkway (based on conditions), where you’ll practice arresting a fall, transferring the load to an anchor, and going through the steps for the rest of a rescue. 

    You’ll also get a chance to practice advanced crevasse rescue scenarios, including a 2-person rescue and an unroped fall into a crevasse. 

    Is this Camp For Me?
    Intermediate

    This camp is designed for participants that have some previous mountaineering or skiing experience and are looking to expand their terrain choices. 

    Food, Accommodation and Guiding

    Food

    Food is not provided as part of the course. Please bring along a packed lunch and some snacks for both 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 a second season after rave reviews in 2018/19.

    We want to provide the best possible learning experience and give you maximum opportunity to ask questions. So for our field day on Day 2, we bring in an extra guide/instructor where necessary to keep participant-to-guide ratios below a maximum of 8:1.  

    • Doug is a great guide with LOTS of experienced based knowledge. Even if the course was only a conversation about the framework of thinking he has developed over the years of being in the mountains it would have been worth it.
    - Participant Praise for ACC Lead Winter Guide Doug Latimer -

    Adventure Map

    more information

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       403 678 3200 ext. 213

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    Organizing Fantastic ACC Adventures For Over 100 Years

    • Local Knowledge - based out of Canmore, AB, we know the Rockies region and the best local caterers, guides and porters
    • Dedicated resources - full-time office staff, ACMG guides and group equipment on-hand to ensure your trip runs smoothly
    • Not-for-profit - any money we make on camps and courses is reinvested into providing services for our members and the mountain community

    Cancellation policy and travel Insurance

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    Cancellation Policy
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    Travel Insurance


    Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

    • 2 days instruction by ACMG certified guides at a maximum ratio of 8:1
    • Group gear including ropes, first aid equipment etc.
    • Crevasse rescue e-book (if available before course date)
    • Use of ACC Clubhouse for training sessions

    Participants Must Provide

    • Transportation
    • Accommodation (available at the ACC Clubhouse for an additional $30 per night)
    • Lunches
    • Personal gear (see gear list)

    Your 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! In 2019, we are excited to announce Doug will be joining us as our on-staff winter guide; the perfect guy to take care of our Intro To, avalanche safety and other ski courses. 


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