Crevasse Rescue

If you're travelling in glaciated terrain, you need to know how to respond if a teammate falls into a crevasse. Our AMGA-trained guide team will discuss and demonstrate the essential gear, knots, and systems used in crevasse rescue and teach step by step systems to efficiently extricate a fallen climber or rider. This full day course is an unofficial prerequisite for any glaciated climb or ski trip.
Crevasse Rescue
Crevasse Rescue
Crevasse Rescue

Crevasse Rescue

This day-long crevasse rescue course is a prerequisite for any glaciated climb or ski descent.   If you're travelling on a glacier, you need to know what to do if someone in your team ends up in a crevasse.

In this program we'll discuss:

  • Gear for Crevasse Rescue
  • Essential knots and hitches
  • Rigging your rope and team for glacier travel
  • Mechanical advantage systems including
    • Simple Systems
    • Compound Systems
    • Complex Systems
  • Pragmatic solutions including Brute Haul and Dropped C systems
  • Rope Ascension

We'll demonstrate and coach solving various rescue problems, with the objective of being able to perform effective and efficient crevasse rescue. Our experienced guide team manages the learning outcomes as you build these critical big mountain skills.


Crevasse rescue involves multiple layers of rope skills and having a basic understanding of mountaineering knots and hitches prior to the course is key to getting the most you can from this program.  Courses like Rope Skills for Skiers and Riders provide a solid foundation of the component skills that we need to build compound and complex crevasse rescue systems. 

We will cover the basic knots and hitches that we need to build mechanical advantage systems, but without a foundation of skills beforehand the systems will seem more complex and be harder to learn than they are.  Deficiency in knots may affect your learning outcomes, rendering the program less effective as it could be with a better foundation.  

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    Contact Us Here to Schedule Custom Dates for Crevasse Rescue!

    Available Dates

    December 3
    December 4
    December 5
    December 10
    December 11
    December 12
    December 17
    December 18
    December 19
    April 29
    Apr 30
    May 1



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    Crevasse Rescue Gear Guide

    Gear Guide / Packing List

    Backcountry Touring Gear

    ❏ Alpine Touring Skis or Splitboard - Light to Midweight Setup with “Tech Bindings”

    ❏ Alpine Touring Boots or Splitboard Compatible Boots; Scarpa F1

    ❏ Climbing Skins - Mohair Mix is Best; Black Diamond GlideLite Mohair Mix,

    ❏ Ski Crampons - Specific to your Skis/Board;

    ❏ Ski Strap - Voile Ski Strap or Similar

    Avalanche Gear

    ❏ Avalanche Beacon - Digital Avalanche Transceiver; Black Diamond Guide Recon BT

    ❏ Avalanche Shovel - Collapsible, Aluminum Shovel; Backcountry Access BT2 Shovel

    ❏ Avalanche Probe - Quickdraw Style Probe; Backcountry Access Stealth 300

    Technical Gear

    ❏ Climbing/Ski Helmet - Dual Rated Helmet; Petzl Sirocco or Black Diamond Vision

    ❏ Headlamp - LED headlamp with fresh batteries; Petzl Actik Core

    ❏ Climbing Harness - Light Alpine Harness; Petzl Altitude, Mammut Zephyr Altitude

    ❏ Two Locking Carabiners - Petzl Attache, etc

    ❏ Triple Action Locking Carabiner - Edelrid HMS Strike Triple FG Locking Carabiner

    ❏ Double Length Sling - Sewn Runner; Black Diamond 10mm Dynex Runner

    ❏ Belay Device - Tube Style Belay Device; BD ATC Guide, Petzl Reverso

    ❏ Crampons, Steel - Steel Crampons Compatible with Your Boots; Petzl Vasak

    ❏ Crampons, Aluminum - Lightweight Aluminum Crampons, Compatible with Your Boots

    ❏ Lightweight Ice Axe - An ultralight Axe for Steep Terrain; Petzl Ride, BD Raven Ultra

    ❏ Ski Poles - Lightweight, Adjustable Poles with Baskets; BD Expedition 3 Poles

    Head and Neck Layers

    ❏ Sun Hat - A Baseball Hat; Blackbird Mountain Guides Logo Hat

    ❏ Sunglasses - Dark Lens Glasses with Side Coverage; Julbo Shield

    ❏ Goggles - Ski Goggles with a Storm Lens; Julbo Aerospace Reactive

    ❏ Warm Hat - Lightweight Warm Hat that Fits Under Your Helmet;

    ❏ Neck Gaiters - Light to Midweight Neck Gaiters; Buff or your favorite Face Masks

    ***These Are Required as Covid-19 Face Coverings

    Upper Body and Hand Layers

    ❏ Long Sleeve Base Layer - Lightweight, Synthetic/Wool; Patagonia SunHoody

    ❏ 2 Insulating Top Layers - Light to Midweight Insulation Layers; Patagonia R1 & Nano Air

    ❏ Puffy - Midweight Down or Synthetic with Hood; Patagonia Fitzroy or similar

    ❏ Hardshell Jacket, Hooded - Waterproof, Gore-Tex, NOT insulated; Arc’Teryx Alpha FL

    ❏ Light Gloves - Light to Mid Weight for Warm Temps; Flylow John Henry Gloves, BD Tour

    ❏ Midweight Gloves - Mid to Heavy Weight for Cold Conditions; BD Legend

    ❏ Sports Bra - Wool/Synthetic;

    Lower Body and Foot Layers

    ❏ Socks - Midweight Wool/Synthetic; Darn Tough Via Ferrata

    ❏ Underwear - Wool/Synthetic

    ❏ Long Underwear - Wool/Synthetic “Long Johns”; Patagonia Capilene Air

    ❏ Softshell Ski Pants - Breathable, Weather Resistant Pants; OR Trailbreaker II

    ❏ Vented Hardshell Ski Pants - Waterproof Pants for Extreme Weather; Flylow Compound

    Food and Water

    ❏ Water Bottles - 2L Capacity; 2x Nalgene 1L Bottle or 1 Nalgene plus Soft Bottle

    ❏ Soft Water Bottle 1.5L - Flexible Water Bladder; Hydrapak Flux 1.5L

    ***Please bring at least one hard sided water bottle.

    ❏ Snacks - Snacks for a full day of activity.

    Other Essentials

    ❏ Sun Screen (SPF 30 minimum)

    ❏ Lip Balm (with SPF)

    ❏ Hand Sanitizer


    ❏ First Aid/blister Kit

    ❏ Chemical Hand Warmers

    ❏ Hydration System - Flexible Water Bladder with Hose; Hydrapak, Camelback, Platypus

    Group Gear

    Blackbird Mountain Guides will supply all of the group gear for the trip, including:

    ✓ Technical Gear: Ropes, Micro Traxion, Slings, etc

    ✓ Snow Pickets (if required)

    ✓ Rock Protection (if required)

    ✓ Guide’s First Aid Kits

    ✓ Wag Bags (Solid Human Waste Disposal Bags)

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