Snow and Ice Crack Awareness
How to Identify and Manage known features
1.1 Explain glacial, snow field and sea-ice processes and features and identify common hazards with them including but not restricted to:
Range: crevasses, bergschrunds, tide cracks, glide cracks.
1.2 Location briefing of at least three known features in your operating area.
Range: Antarctic Peninsula – Neko Harbour, Almirante Brown, Orne Harbour. Damoy Pt, Portal Pt or create your own range for your own operation.
1.2 Explain techniques and any personal safety options used for safely locating and marking known features.
Range: protected investigation, GPS waypoints, probing, kicking, external information.
1.3 Describe situational management techniques for marking hazards, managing and disclosing risk.
Range: clearing a visible safe zone, disclosure to clients, wands and flags, management and appropriate use of personnel, decide to not use the area.
This preventative management and awareness course for all staff involved in land and shore excursions where snow/ice glide cracks, tide cracks, bergschrunds and crevasses are known hazards at specific sites. It is a general education, hazard awareness, disclosure and crowd control skills course and intended only for known site specific hazards for people working under a suitably experienced or qualified guide/staff member.
Any internationally recognized qualifications that include syllabus components to the level of the Scope or higher. See Cross Credit Matrices.
- It is currently beyond the scope of the PTGA to train and qualify people for the skills and experience required to access these features, make judgements regarding their suitability for tourism use or to perform a complex rescue in crevassed terrain. There are a number of international qualifications that train and examine people to this level. Companies should hire personnel with suitable external qualifications.
- It is implicit that different stages of the polar seasons will offer different levels of risk and therefore will require different experience levels of guides. This is understood by all PTGA members.
- Organizations that train, examine and qualify people to travel/rescue in crevassed terrain include but are not limited to:US, Canada, NZ, Swiss, French Mountain Guides Associations, IFMGA Member Associations, NZOIA Level II Mountain, UK International Mountain Leader, NOLS Mountain Leader.
- The PTGA differentiates between mountain/glacial terrain where the location and extent of crevasses is unknown and unknowable, and site specific tide-cracks, glide cracks, bergschrunds and crevasses which are known to exist in excursion locations in the same place from year to year and whose parameters (depth, width and structure) are understood and deemed manageable by a suitably qualified or experienced guide.
- The PTGA expects that anyone whose role includes site assessment, judgement and decision making for excursions that are known to have these features should have higher levels of experience or qualifications and should carry appropriate equipment (probe, length of rope etc) and know how to use it.
- Element 2 extraction does not imply someone has’ fallen’ in a crack of some sort. It is an extraction awareness for someone who may have put their leg through and are unable to extract themselves.
- Lectures 2
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Assessments Self