Rescue Dynamics
5109 - 17A Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5
phone (780) 461 - 5040


This letter will serve to introduce you to the Basic Snow & Ice Climbing Courses you expressed interest in. We have several Basic Snow & Ice Climbing courses this year. The dates for the courses are June 21, 22, 23, 2010 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) or July 26, 27, 28, 2010 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday).

The cost of each course is $375.00 per person including GST. In order for you to be confirmed on the course you must prepay the course fee, complete the personal information, then read, understand and sign the waiver. The waiver must be witnessed by someone other than a family member. (Cheques may be made payable to Rescue Dynamics.) If you have not paid, your spot is NOT booked.

See our website for complete cancellation policies and procedures. Medical cancellation coverage is available for an additional $18.75. Should less than three persons sign up for the course, we reserve the right to cancel the course. We also reserve the right to cancel the course in the event of severe weather. Should this happen, your course fees will be refunded.

The course introduces you to skills required to safely begin snow, ice and glacier travel with an experienced partner or group. You must have a Basic Rock course or equivalent to get on this course. The course content includes snow techniques such as kicking steps, snow anchors (pickets, plates and t-slots), snow belays, self arrests, knots, roping for glacier travel, prusiking and safety topics. The second day will be on ice and will include cutting steps, crampon technique, French technique, use of the ice axe, ice screws, ice anchors and a review of crevasse rescue. The third day will be an attempt at a summit climb (weather permitting). The instruction for this course takes place on snowfields and glaciers near Mt. Athabasca.

We will provide instruction and all the technical climbing equipment including ice axe, crampons, hardware, ropes, helmets and harnesses. (If you own your own gear, feel free to bring it if you wish.) We DO NOT provide climbing boots, day pack or clothing. We strongly recommend renting plastic mountaineering boots for this course unless you have fairly stiff mountaineering boots with a good welt. Boots can be rented at MEC in Edmonton or Gravity Gear in Jasper. Light hiking boots are not acceptable.

Be sure your clothing can handle the mountain environment, including heat, cold, wind, rain or snow, sun and insects. Since we are laying and sliding in the snow, you WILL get wet and cold. We are outside all day every day, and the course will proceed in all but the most severe weather. The enclosed equipment list may help you to prepare. You are responsible for your own meals, accommodation and transportation for the entire course. Prepare a bag lunch and bring water or other drinks (thermos?) for each day of the course, as we do not return to the vehicles for lunch.

The meeting time and place for the course is 8:00 am on the first day of each respective course at the parking lot just outside of the new Columbia Icefields Information Centre atop where the old Columbia Icefields Chalet once stood. It is the only large building in the area. This is located a little over an hour south of Jasper on highway 93. The instructor for the May course is Cyril Shokoples. The instructor for the June and July courses is Jeremy Mackenzie..

There is a PDF file available on our website detailing how to get to this location as well as how to book the various parks campsites.

There are two campgrounds near this area. They fill up quickly and do not accept reservations. The Beauty Creek Hostel is 1/2 hour down the road. Hostel reservations can be made at (780) 852-3215. You must have a valid Park Vehicle Group Pass or Personal Pass to attend this course, as we are traveling in National Park areas. Be sure to purchase one when you first enter the Park if you do not already have one.

If you have any further questions, please call or email us.


Cyril Shokoples IFMGA

Mountain Guide

General Course Overview

Notice: Course content subject to revision or modification without notice
© Copyright 1999 Cyril Shokoples

Basic Snow & Ice




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Rescue Dynamics
5109 - 17A Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB, Canada T6L 1K5
phone (780) 461 - 5040
Last updated Saturday, April 26, 2014