Splitboard.com Forums

The World's first exclusive splitboard discussion forums






It is currently Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:24 am

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:57 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am
Posts: 1495
Location: 395
Yo, anyone know of a good course to take? Preferably one that isn't a shit ton of $$$. I was looking on RMI's website and they offer an all day course for $190. Basically I want some good, intensive training on the basics that I can practice on my own later. Any insight would be helpful!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:50 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Thu Sep 06, 2007 9:45 pm
Posts: 844
Location: hopefully not at work
$190 gets you 2 days from Kurt and the folks at SMI (http://www.sierramountaineering.com/snow_anchors.html), but gotta find at least one other peep...

_________________
Chris

165 Venture Divide, Spark Franken-Burner, LaSportiva Spantik
163W Jones Solution, Phantom Alphas, Dynafit TLT5
162 Furberg


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:45 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:57 am
Posts: 1110
Location: Santa Barbara, CA/Ashland, OR
Jbay's Crevasse Rescue Course is dirt cheap. You may get what you pay for though, as I've been told the technique of "throw them in the deep end and let them swim out" isn't as efficient when it comes to more vertical type adventures.

;-)

I'm interested in some Ice Climbing personally, so if you come across anything like that in your search, let me know.

_________________
"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
-Sinclair Lewis


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:59 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 27, 2009 11:01 pm
Posts: 119
Location: June lk, CA
I'd at least look into doing it with people who actually do a lot of ski mountaineering, like M. Volken (PGS, North Bend, WA) or H. Schwartz (SMG, Bishop, CA). The RMI, IMG, etc courses will be fine, but geared towards slow, heavy summer mountaineering vs fast & light cutting-edge splitbooting :wink:

_________________
Blaug


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:08 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 27, 2009 11:01 pm
Posts: 119
Location: June lk, CA
Jbay, you probably know this, but good roadside ice cragging in June Lake and in Lee Vining Canyon in winter. Good seracing on lower coleman on mt baker and lower nisqually on rainier in late summer...edit...or just go to ourey...

_________________
Blaug


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:32 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 18, 2009 3:18 pm
Posts: 472
Location: New Castle, Colorado
If you have the time. Consider taking Mountaineering 1 and 2 courses at University of Alaska, Juneua, AK. The Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneua Ice field is a excellent place to learn mountaineering skills without the epic-high altitude conditions.

I received top rate instruction for a great price, which included crevasse rescue. Please note, I took these courses a long time ago.

Ride and camp on the Alaska Marine Highway (the ferry) to get to Juneau, AK and save money.

_________________
Ride the Pow!
----
Venture Storm R 163 (2010), Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter, Scarpa F1 Boots, Bomber Sidewinder Bindings * Prior 172 Fissile (2012) Dynafit Binding/Sparks Adapter


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:57 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am
Posts: 1495
Location: 395
UPGRAYEDD, they actually have crevasse rescue classes geared toward skiers? I was wondering about SMG but I'm leaning toward training on real glaciers so I'm not sure where they could give these classes especially in summer in the Sierra. Shasta guides has a 5 day course but way too long and involves summiting and all that crap. Lol at summiting w/out a board. That's crazy talk! What's PGS stand for? I"ll look into this Volken guy. I don't think I'd mind learning the heavy mountaineering way though. Lol I remember riding my split through crevasse fields in Chamonix 10 years ago with half assed gear and no idea how to use it correctly.

That AK class would be awesome but not gonna happen. I'm saving my money to go up there to shred :)

I bet there's some good classes in Canuckistan. Can anyone from Rodgers Pass speak on this? My mom lives close so that'd be convenient.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:28 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:29 am
Posts: 578
Location: Oregon
I took a basic course through a local mountaineering club awhile back....it was geared towards general mountaineering and was a good starter, but pretty basic. If I was getting serioius, I would take a course with Volken and Pro Guiding Service. Lots of northwest skiers have good things to say about them and they are legit.

http://www.proguiding.com/

_________________
"There is nothing more practical in the end than the preservation of beauty." - Theodore Roosevelt

www.splitboardoregon.com


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:29 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:37 am
Posts: 25
I find removing g-strings from groupies sufficient enough for prusik practice.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 11:06 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Dec 14, 2005 11:09 pm
Posts: 682
Location: white room
Brooks, you really don't need an actual glacier to practice crevasse rescue. It's the same concept as any high angle rescue scenario, the big difference being instead of anchoring with structures, rocks, trees, etc., you need to get creative with burying skis, packs, pickets, or whatever is handy at the time. Using ropes and pulleys is the same, though. I did my course as part of AK Helis guide course, if you are going to heli ski around Haines it's highly recommended that you just do the guide course, not much more than the price of flying for the same amount of days, and you'll learn a lot. In any case, hit me up during the winter when the snow sucks for riding and I'd be down to go over some things, I could use the practice myself.

_________________
Ridin' Dirty


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:33 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am
Posts: 1495
Location: 395
Damn, RMI's day classes are sold out. Looking into Volken...

Yeah Paul, that guide class sounds legit. I want to get something done this summer though.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:42 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:41 pm
Posts: 1620
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
There's also Shasta Mountain Guides. Looks like most of the creasse-related courses are several days, though they do have custom trips too.

http://shastaguides.com/seminars/
http://shastaguides.com/custom-trips/


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Crevasse rescue courses
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:51 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:57 am
Posts: 1110
Location: Santa Barbara, CA/Ashland, OR
Upgrayedd:

I did know that, but I need a partner. Maybe we should meet up this winter in the loop? Have you seen me railing about June Mt. closure on the Mammoth forums LOL @ me!

BBD:

LOL @ You! :thumpsup:

Jimw/BGN: They'll be happy to hook you up with a custom course, and one year they did it for me in their snowboard mountaineering course for the same price as a group course. We didn't do any crevasse rescue though, just self arrest practice with an ice ax, roping up, short roping, etc... I think crevasse rescue is a course all it's own in their curriculum.

I can only imagine the gnarly stuff Brooks is going to get into once he gains these skillz. :headbang:

_________________
"Winter is not a season, it's an occupation."
-Sinclair Lewis


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 25 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next

All times are UTC - 8 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 16 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  





Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group