asmrz wrote: learning how to cross crevassed terrain requires specific knowledge, you will not get it here on this forum...
Can I give a negative thanks to asmrz... Got up on wrong side of the bed? Ate prunes this morning with an extra dosage of salt?
Learning is fastest when someone shows you the basics and you actually pay attention and watch/listen. This generally requires either $$$ or someone who wants a competent partner.
Learning is Best when the above is combined with you yourself and your best buddy go out and practice the basics OUTSIDE of a group. Groups are not good for learning as you mostly just stand around and watch as 1 or 2 actually learn. If you aren't doing the "doing" yourself, you aren't learning as well or at all as you could/should be.
This book in link below is the best and SHOWS you what/when to do especially as a beginner. If you wish to switch it up after you have master what Andy describes, OK.http://www.amazon.com/Glacier-Travel-Cr ... B000YU8PP8
$15 for crying out loud. A "crevasse rescue course" will set you back probably $250 and the book is vastly better than any course I have ever seen. I have seen 2 different mountaineers basic courses and both times were complete cluster... I couldn't believe people were actually paying for it as the "instructors" obviously didn't know what the Heck they were doing. Anyways, back to:
Practice on the snow piles in a ski parking lot. Or find the steepest snow section you can. Or a mini cliff . Likewise practice stopping each others falls where there is a lot of run out at a mountain near you. You will quickly understand that the best option for stopping a fall is for 1) it to never happen, and 2) for the person who slipped to self arrest themselves, as 3) your partner has a pretty lousy percentage chance of actually stopping your fall.
For stopping #1, be in good shape + experience
For stopping #2, be in good shape and practice self arrest in ALL positions even with a pack on
For stopping #3, know when to unrope or place lots of pro(experience) + a little practice