10 December, 2003
Snow Craft II Class
In order to be better prepared for our upcoming traverse the "Yeastie Boyz" team spent the day in school. The course: Snow Craft II. While snow craft I (AKA: Happy camper school) teaches you the basic survival skills, the second course focuses on self-arrest and crevasse rescue. I must admit I was a little intimated of having to take the class, but it turned out to be a great team building exercise, a confidence builder, and a whole lot of fun.
Our instructor, Brian, began the day with an overview of the basic gear: crampons, ropes, webbing, carabiners, harnesses, and ice axes. Next we moved on to knot tying. In about fifteen minutes we became proficient in tying prussic , water , figure eight , and double fisherman/barrel knots. Knowing how to tie these knots could be key to rescuing a team member who fell into a crevasse.
We then applied this knowledge for some hands on practice out in the field. While there, we climbed up a rope using harnesses and a foot and waist prussic, walked up a steep incline using crampons, learned how to stop a fall with an ice axe, and used the a variety of knots and a z pulley system to pull each other out of a crevasse.
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