I'm scheduled to take a Glacier Skills and Crevasse Rescue class at the EMS Climbing School in North Conway, next week. This class is designed to prepare east coast climbers who are heading out west to climb bigger peaks like Mt Rainier. I've been told that the EMS course focuses on crevasse identification followed by practical exercises outdoors on how to tie into a rope team and pulley rescues.
In the past, I've found many of the videos produced by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland to be particularly helpful in understanding specific mountaineering skills. These two describe rope team technique and pulley techniques for crevasse rescue, which sound like what I'll be learning in my EMS Climbing School class.
Rope Technique for Glacier Travel
This video explains how to rope together the members of a climbing team, as well as the best way to tie yourself into a rope to prevent flipping over headfirst, if you fall into a crevasse.
Rope and Pulley Technique for Crevasse Rescue
If you are only roped to one other person and they fall into a crevasse, it helps to have a pulley to extract them. This video explains how to set up an anchor and pulley system to make such an rescue possible.
Fun with Ropes
I have really been having a lot of fun this winter taking ice climbing and mountaineering classes with EMS. Plus I'm really intrigued by all of the rope and knot techniques that are required to climb. I never thought I'd fall in love with this stuff, but it is cool, and I may have to master some of it this winter.
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