Mountain Travel & Rescue Certified
Recently, Glacier Outdoor Center guides Alex Vandevoort, Karsten Carlson and Marc Evans attended a Mountain Travel and Rescue class in Utah. The two-day class took place at Albian Basin at Alta Ski Area. The three guides are members of the Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol and the certification is necessary for all snowshoe and cross country ski guides inside Glacier National Park.
The winter course offers instruction in building snow shelters, ropes skills and search-and-rescue. The group of eight students in the class learned from six different instructors who are based in and around Salt Lake City. The interactive hands-on weekend involved building and sleeping in snow caves, packing enough food and layers for the weekend, mock search-and-rescue operations, ropes course to belay, ascend and traverse, compass work and overall winter survival skills needed for backcountry safety.
It snowed 36-40 inches during the weekend, making travel with 80 pound packs and digging out shelters quite tiring. The crew had a great time and enjoyed the experience gained in Utah. Check out some more photos below: