Auyuittuq National Park of Canada

Glacier Travel and Avalanches

Glacier travel

Travelling across a glacier © Parks Canada

Glaciers should only be crossed by parties with experienced leaders, using proper equipment. Parties should travel roped up and individuals should be capable of undertaking crevasse rescue.

All guides operating in glaciated and / or technical mountain terrain require full IFMGA/IVBV/UIAGM/ACMG certification as an Alpine, Mountain, or Ski guide.

Avalanches

If there is snow and you will be travelling across or near slopes of more than 25 degree angle, you should be thinking about avalanches. Parties travelling in avalanche terrain should be trained and experienced in assessing avalanche hazards, route-finding skills and self-rescue procedures. Each member should carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe.