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Crevasse rescue training


For the most part I feel pretty skilled when it comes to running my events but this time I'm branching out towards the edges of my skill level yet well inside my comfort level. I figure it's just a matter of time before we'll need to do a crevasse rescue during one of my climbs and I don't want the first time to be in the middle of an emergency so let's go up to Timberline to set up a rescue a few times to make sure we can do it if we ever have to. Hopefully someone who has done it before will sign up but if not we'll figure it out. I've studied the books and seen some videos so I think I know how to do it. I'll offer an optional Portland theory meeting prior to the snow day where we can go through the equipment and the schematics of the rescue setup. It will be posted as a separate event.


I'll bring a rope and some pulleys but feel free to bring your own as well if you have them. While there we'll set a few snow anchors including the deadman's which is my favorite. We'll also practice self arrest but if that is your primary interest this is not the event for you. We'll spend several hours on the crevasse rescue before we get to the self arrest.


Plan a full day. We'll be close to the parking lot so we can run pretty close to dark and still see to get out.




More warm clothes then you think you'll need. There will be a lot of standing around and activity that force you to be on your knees on the snow. At least two pairs of gloves but 3-4 is better.


Snow shoes are not mandatory but might help. Don't rent one but bring your ice axe if you have one. We'll need at least two for the rescue.


We'll be right by the cars so you can come heavy. Warm chocolate and treats can be nice if you get chilled. Bring lunch food. As long as they are not annoying I'm even fine with dogs.


Not everybody likes driving in snow so let me know if you can drive. $15 to the drivers.

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  • Monique

    Have fun out there tomorrow! Bummer I missed the theory - I was out of town all week for work. If you do this again, can the wait-listers from this event have first dibs ;)

    January 18, 2013

  • Magnus

    I knew ICS have their training on Saturday but figured we can share the space. If we were to move the event White River would be one option. Has anyone been there recently? We need at least a six foot wall but ten would be better.

    January 17, 2013

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      A former member

      I was at White River Sno Park West last Saturday and I don't know what that really means for a six foot wall...there are hills there... and snow :)

      January 18, 2013

  • Jenni D

    I have been dying to learn crevasse rescue!!!!! (pun intended) Unfortunately I'm leading a snowcave workshop this weekend. Please do another day like this sometime soon!!!

    January 16, 2013

  • Nicole

    I can drive and bring some gear. I took a class a few years ago and have done lots of rock rescues and training (same principles, different medium. Looking forward to it!

    December 21, 2012

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