Alaska Mountaineering School
" This Workshop is hands down worth every penny! The guides make sure you leave with the skills and knowledge to tackle any glacier scenario. I will definitely be doing more workshops with AMS. "
— Kent Lockman
" The instructors were highly competent and showed an exceptional level of care and concern for each and every student regardless of their skill level and abilities. "
— Sean Lowther, Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Workshop

Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue

The Glacier Travel Workshop provides an introductory level of instruction on the climbing techniques necessary to travel safely on a glacier. This very popular workshop is packed full of information during the day followed by lectures at night. Expect to be on ice for the duration of the workshop days. All skills instruction will take place on the glacier. Night lectures take place at the base of the glacier off the ice.

WORKSHOP SPECIFICATIONS

Deposit: $500 (balance due: 60 days prior to the starting date)

Cost Includes: AMS instructors, group climbing equipment

You are responsible for: Transportation to and from the Matanuska Glacier, gate fee, lodging, personal equipment and clothing

FEATURES OF THIS WORKSHOP:

  • Glacier mountaineering ground school: knots, crampons, rope work, belaying.
  • Crampon use
  • Raising systems and fixed-line ascension
  • Crevasse rescue scenarios
  • Glacier camping concerns
  • Route finding techniques

ITINERARY

Full itinerary for our 3-Day schedule is coming soon, but the course will include: basic knots, wearing a harness, using crampons, self-arrest position, placing ice screws, and building anchors. We practice rope coiling, belaying, and stacking for glacier travel. Students break into rope teams and practice traveling and route finding skills. Next we move into simulated crevasse fall scenarios from simple assistance to raising systems. We will spend time at a cliff lowering "victims" over the edge so they can practice fixed-line ascension while the rescuers set up hauling systems. We'll rope-up for glacier travel in 2, 3, and 4 person teams and incorporating extras such as sleds. The exact itinerary will depend on conditions and instructor preference.

LOCATION

We will meet at the Glacier Park Resort gate at 7:30 a.m. sharp on the morning of day one. Please be on time. The glacier is accessed from the Glacier Park Resort (phone: 907-745-2534) which is located at mile 103 on the Glenn Highway near the Long Rifle Lodge and a mile west of Caribou Creek. Workshop participants will pre-pay the gate/camping fee through AMS. Follow the dirt road to the entrance gate and continue on a couple of miles to the parking lot at the end of the road. Pay no mind to the "No Trespassing" sign; just go right on through. The "toe" of the glacier provides an ideal classroom for our skills intensive workshop.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Participants are on their own for the night. Camping at the Glacier Park is one good option. A gate/camping fee will be collected by AMS prior to the workshop. This will give you daily access to the glacier along with camping.

The nearby Long Rifle Inn, which overlooks the Matanuska Glacier, has nightly dining and rooms available (single & double occupancy). Call 907-745-5151 for reservations.

Sheep Mountain Lodge, located close to the glacier, also provides accommodations.
Call for reservations 907-745-5121 or 1-877-645-5121.