During glacier travel, conditions can be very difficult and they can change drastically in a matter of seconds.
Always familiarize yourself with the weather forecast and area conditions before setting out.
- Come to the trip prepared with an efficiently routed plan to reduce the risk of accidents.
- Due to frequently changing conditions, do not make assumptions about a route even if you have walked there some days before.
- Crevasses can form, snow bridges can collapse and rainfall can alter an area in a very short period of time.
- Contact locals to find out the current and past conditions of the glacier (snow, temperature, rainfall, wind) as these will impact the conditions.
- Keep in mind that conditions up on the glacier can be worse than conditions on the ground.
- A GPS with a mapped route of your trip is essential
- Leave a travel plan with a friend or on Safetravel.is
During the Trip:
- Always follow your intended route but don´t follow it blindly into a crevasse! Don´t change your route without notifying someone.
- If you need to travel through crevasse areas make sure that everyone is wearing a harness and is connected with ropes.
- If you are unsure if you are in a crevasse area, assume that you are and act accordingly.
- Don´t forget sunglasses and sunscreen!