While we have no glaciers here in the Northeast, we do have wide, snow-covered hills that may resemble glaciated terrain… if you squint. And that’s all we need. Even for practicing crevasse rescue. Bi-angled hills, trees for self-rescue, some creative use of the landscape plays a role in our training. The training featured in this blog post was a custom combination course. The morning was our standard half-day mountaineering skills course, in this case, and the afternoon was the standard glacier travel half day of our full day glacier skills course — with what looks like some guest torture added in since it appears Redline Guide Pat Ferland had them climb a rope using Prusiks (a loop of cord is a Prusik and using it as a type of friction hitch goes by the same name). This is not an easy feat!