Camp Highlights

  • Learn crevasse rescue techniques with the ACC's Lead Winter Guide
  • Fall course dates available
  • One online evening session (Thursday) and two extended field days (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Get prepared for winter touring season!

Dates & price

    Course dates

    •  November 18th, 2021 (online evening) and November 20th & 21st, 2021 (field days)
    •  April 28th, 2022 (online evening) and April 30th & May 1st, 2022 (field days)
    • $345 + Tax / 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 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.

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 Yamnuska Bluffs. Here you will set up different systems and practice setting up anchors. on the final field day, the group will have the opportunity to go to a glacial environment to practice the systems and apply the skills learned in a realistic setting.
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 

    Day 1 (Online evening session):

    • You will get instructions a week ahead to join our online platform. Evening session will start at 6 pm MST and run until 9 pm MST.
    • The evening session will go over gear, knots and diagrams of the systems you will be creating in the field day.
    • If you have any questions about gear you currently own this is a great time to ask about it.
    Day 2:

    • Participants will meet at the Yamnuska Parking Lot at 9 am MST.
    • Here, you will go over how to descend and ascend a rope, and learn how to set up a hauling system.
    • You will have an opportunity to practice with the use of commercially-available crevasse rescue equipment (pulleys and ready-made systems) that was shown during the online session.
    • Other topics to be taught include glacier travel basics, roped and unroped skiing/walking, types of anchors, and review the different steps to a crevasse rescue
    • This field day will let you practice your new skills in a realistic outdoor environment. You will be using live loads (ie.. you!) to test your new skills (don't worry we will have a safety attached just in case). Be sure to bring a comfy harness to sit in while your partner takes their turn "rescuing" you.
    Day 3: 

    • The meeting time and location will depend on conditions and the guide's discretion. One location the group may visit is the toe of the Victoria Glacier near Lake Louise.
    • Here, you will practice the systems and skills learned from the previous sessions in a realistic, glacier environment. 
    • If time permits you’ll also get a chance to practice advanced crevasse rescue scenarios, including a 2-person rescue and an unroped fall into a crevasse. 
    • The group will return to the parking area by 4 PM (MST) to allow for everyone enough time to make it home safety.
    Is this Camp For Me?
    Intermediate

    This camp is introductory, however, you will get more out of this course if you know basic climbing knots and are familiar with glacier gear.

    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 8:1.  

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

    Gear and Rentals

    Don't have everything on the gear list (found on the right hand side of this webpage)? We recommend heading to Gear Up in Canmore to grab any items your might be missing. To ensure availability of items call ahead to book. ACC members get a 10% discount.

     

    • 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 -

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    More Information

    - Please try to register online before calling. If you are having issues please try to have your emergency contact information and course questionnaire filled out before calling.

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    Course Documents

    Gear List
    ACC Liability Waiver (En)
    ACC Liability Waiver (Fr)
    Covid Health and Exposure Declaration
    ACC Model Release

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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 max 6:1 ratio
    • 1 evening online session
    • Group gear including ropes, first aid kit, etc

    Participants Must Provide

    • Transportation to and from the field location on Day 2 and 3
    • Accommodation
    • Meals and lunches
    • Personal gear (see gear list)

    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

    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.