I'm and avid hiker from the Pittsburgh area. I'm not into technical climbing (i'm comfortable with class4 but never do class5), but as I've become slowly more ambitious over the years, my hikes have been leading me into higher elevations with snow and ice. I'm trying to find out how to get some hands-on experience with glacier travel techniques that will help keep me safer on my excursions and allow me to lend a hand if a hiking buddy gets in a bind. Unfortunately, most safety classes seem like they're a plane ride away to either the north or west.
Also, can anyone recommend anywhere relatively close by to practice self arrest? I've spent quite a bit of time studying, but i know that isn't going to mean anything if I haven't trained my body to employ the correct techniques at a moments notice during a fall.
Hoping there are some locals who might be able to lend some friendly advice or even a bit of their time.
Thanks for the help,