ICE-R: Glacier Climbing and Crevasse Rescue

  • 05/24/2019
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mt. Shasta, California
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ICE-R: GLACIER CLIMBING AND CREVASSE RESCUE training offers a combination of instruction, demonstration, and guided practice with a professional MAA instructor taught outdoors in a small group setting. Completion will prepare you for success as an advanced level ice climber and help you be better qualified to attend MAA events. We'll do the following:

  • Orientation to the glacier landscape
  • Roping up for glacier travel and rescue coil
  • Reading and navigating glaciers
  • Team self-arrest
  • Review knots, gear
  • Rescue sequences
  • Ascending the rope (self-rescue)
  • 3:1 Z-drag crevasse rescue
  • C-pulley or dropped loop crevasse rescue
  • Piggybacking systems to get maximum mechanical advantage

    RECOMMENDED FOR: All current MAA Apex members who have attended the companion online training and/or have completed the prior level outdoor training, or have appropriate experience on their MAA profile.

    EVENT LEADER: Darren Shutt,, (916) 872-3399

    DURATION: 9 hours

    MEET: At 9:00 am at Rite-Aid off I-5 exit 738, in Mt. Shasta, CA

    WHAT TO BRING: All items on the gear list below

    FEES / REGULATIONS: There is a fee to climb, $25 per instance or $30 for the year. You will also need to pack out all solid waste. Blue bags provided. Both can be handled at the trailhead. Please see info here.

    PERSONAL GEAR: Members are encouraged to use your own equipment. If you're missing something, loaner gear may be available. Please let the instructor know if you need something. All paying members receive a retail gear discount at Bobcat's Outdoor Adventure Sports. Brands include ArcTeryx, Black Diamond, Petzl, Mountain Hardwear, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Outdoor Research, MSR, Beal, Garmin and more.


    • Wicking, breathable base layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating, weather-resistant mid layer, top and bottom

    • Wind and waterproof shell layer, top and bottom

    • Insulating fill or down belay jacket, w/hood

    • Socks

    • Gloves and/or mittens

    • Gaiters

    • Sunglasses

    • Warm hat and/or balaclava


    • Tent - may be group gear or share with others
    • Stove, fuel, pots - may be group gear or share with others
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping pad
    • Food for three days, two nights
    • Snow shovel
    • Backpack - save space for group gear
    • High energy food, snacks and drinks

    • Freeze-proof water bottles or container system

    • Strong headlamp with fresh batteries

    • Sunscreen

    • Small personal first aid kit

    • Optional items for consideration: altimeter, trekking poles, camera, small knife or multi-tool, bandana


      • Mountaineering boots

      • Harness*

      • Climbing helmet*

      • Sharp steel crampons, fit to your boots*

      • Ice axe*

      • 3 locking and 2 non-locking carabiners*

      • Two tied or sewn runners, one 24" and one 48"*

      • Two 16” loop of 4-5mm cord as prusiks*

      • Cordellette and/or quad, 5mm - 7mm, 15' - 20'*

      • Auto locking belay device*

      • 1 snow picket*

      • Any other appropriate gear such as ascenders, pulleys, Tibloc, Micro-Traxion, etc.

        *If you are without some of this important safety gear, it may be available for loan upon prior request, first-come, first serve. Please contact the event leader.


        This training event will share the same basecamp as the other two ICE-R training events and two other MAA sponsored Shasta climbs this weekend. Parties will be coming and/or going on all the days between Thursday, May 23rd and Tuesday, May 27th.

        Coordination: Use the member's forum posting for this event. Be sure you meet up with the group going into basecamp that day at 9:00 am at Rite Aid in the city of Mt. Shasta. Then caravan to the trailhead and go in together in groups of two or more. Do not go into camp or return to the trailhead alone.

        • Friday, May 24th: Meet at designated location for logistics and gear sorting. Drive to trailhead. Hike in and establish basecamp.
        • Saturday, May 25th: All day training on-site.
        • Sunday, May 26th: Hike out to trailhead, or climb Mt. Shasta on private arrangement with other members in basecamp.


        • Participant safety is our top priority. The itinerary described is the plan; however, circumstances beyond the leader's control may necessitate changes.

        • The training event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.

        • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

        For more information or questions about this training event, please contact the listed event leaders, or, or (916) 692-0005.

        (916) 692-0005

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