These training courses address the needs of scientific groups working in glaciated terrain. They provide an introduction to basic technical skills for fieldwork on glaciers.

The courses comprise an introduction to the use of technical equipment, such as an ice axe, crampons, a harness, etc. They furthermore convey basic knowledge on how to move safely on glaciers. Participants will also have the possibility to practice crevasse rescue techniques.

The three-day courses are training-oriented and take place outdoors – bivouacking included. Teaching will be provided in an alpine environment in the canton of Valais at high altitude.

SPI offers one course per year with a maximum of 12 participants per course. Places are limited: priority is hence given to people with planned field activities and on a first come, first served basis. Participation is free of charge but SPI reserves the right to invoice participants cancelling at the last minute if their place cannot be filled.

This course is offered in collaboration with GRIMM (Groupe d’Intervention Médicale en Montagne), which organises the training.

Upcoming course

  • 13, 14 and 15 June 2024

The dates are updated annually, hence we invite interested scientific groups to visit this webpage regularly.

For more information about the content of the training, please contact .


The courses provide a technical introduction into work in glaciated terrain. No prior experience is needed. However, participation requires a good fitness level and a certain ease to walk in steep terrain, as the training may include longer walks and climbs (2-3 hours) with a backpack, in exposed terrain (Alpine PD grade).

Appropriate clothing and equipment are a pre-requisite for participation. A list of required equipment will be sent to participants in advance.

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