Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Course September 2, 2023


This two-day course focuses on the skills needed to travel safely on glaciated terrain. Day one is based in Christchurch at one of the local rock climbing crags in the Port Hills. Day two is spent up in the snow, putting what we learnt on day one into practice.


Since this course is delivered in the snow, you must have the skills to walk in crampons, use a walking axe, and self-arrest.




This course is delivered in Christchurch and in the Craigieburn Range, close to Castle Hill village.

The course’s practical components are delivered both at a crag on the Port Hills in Christchurch and in the Craigieburn Range. We access the snow via Broken River or Mt Cheeseman ski field on day two. Your instructor will decide the exact location for the second day.

The course finishes at approximately 4 pm in Castle Hill Village.




You will need to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of the course.





Avalanche awareness gear
Avalanche gear


All you will need for this course are waterproof boots and normal outdoor clothing. We will supply all the mountaineering and avalanche equipment for you if you don’t have your own.  You can find a packing list and course outline at the bottom of this page.





Food is not provided in this course. We recommend packing plenty of snacks and lunches that do not require cooking.




The meeting location will be confirmed the week before your course start date.




Transport is included in this course. We can pick you up from a pre-arranged meeting location and drop you off on both days.
If you are travelling from out of town we can provide a pick-up and drop-off from the airport/hotel.




This crevasse rescue course Includes


Snow anchor testing


  • Alpine knots
  • Roping up for glacier travel
  • Escaping the system


Terrain travel 

  • Moving in glaciated terrain
  • Crossing crevasses


Haul systems

  • Assisted hoist (drop loop)
  • 5:1 Unassisted hoist



Rescue scenario’s

Roped up for glacier travel
  • Holding falls
  • Buddy rescue
  • Small-party rescue scenarios


Snow anchors

  • T- Slot snow anchor for crevasse rescue



Course outline
Packing list


*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

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Course Timing

7:00am to 4:00pm