Hiking Accident Prevention: The Hazards of Mountain Crevasses

A color photograph of a crevasse at the Mendenhall Glacier in Tongass National Forest, Alaska.

Crevasse At Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska

A crevasse is an opening in glacial ice. Some crevasses are not obvious, since they’re covered with snow. Falling into a crevasse is a harrowing experience. Some falls may be fatal.


EastIdahoNews.com 8/13/20 Young father who survived horrifying fall into glacier speaks from hospital bed, By Nate Eaton. Video and story.

RocketMiner.com via Wyoming News Exchange 8/22/20 On the Teton Glacier, determined climbers save an Evanston man’s life, By Mike Koshmrl. This is the same story as above. It details the full story of how he fell into a crevasse, his rescue by fellow climbers, the helicopter rescue, and his hospital stay.

National Parks Traveler.org 6/30/20 Missing Climber Died In Crevasse on Mt. Rainier, Will Remain There, By NPT Staff. Hazardous mountain conditions unsafe for recovery team.

InsideHalton.com 10/26/20 Multiple injuries: Woman rushed to trauma centre after 50-foot fall in Burlington, By David Lea.

KomoNews.com 9/16/19 Climber credits quick thinking, luck after surviving crevasse fall on Mount Rainier, By Keith Eldridge

NYPost.com 10/30/20 Body of missing Oregon climber found in crevasse on Mount Hood, By Joshua Rhett Miller

CBSNEWS.com 1/9/15 Snowmobiler stuck in freezing ravine wrote goodbye notes to family, By CBS/AP. (This is a related story about a snowmobiler who survived after falling into a ravine).

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Trip Planning Resources For Hikers and Backpackers.

Virtual Fitness: How To Do A Basic Squat

Basic Squat

The Squat Exercise is performed indoors or outdoors. You need very little space to do this basic strength training exercise.
Modifications: The lower you squat, the harder it is. If you’re new to this exercise, squat down at a higher angle. Suggested Sets and Repetitions: Do 3 sets of 8 to 10 repetitions. If you can’t do that many, cut back to 1 or 2 sets of 5 to 8 repetitions, or do whatever you can manage.
Benefits: Squatting is a strength training exercise that improves your Hamstrings, Quadriceps, and Gluteals.
Benefits For Women: Squatting tones your thighs. You’ll look better in stretch pants.
EXERCISE DOs and DONT’SAs with all exercise programs, when using exercise videos that appear on this site, you need to use common sense. If your muscles are weak, either do the modifications, or don’t attempt this exercise if it’s too difficult for you. When starting an exercise program, be sure to discuss your plans with your healthcare provider

Weight Loss Through Diet In 1951

Weight Reduction Through Diet 1951 – YouTube video from traci0dee channel
Don’t be put off by the date on this video. The information is similar to today’s guidelines on weight reduction: avoid in-between snacks, quality food, lose no more than 1 1/2 to 2 pounds weekly, exercise along with healthy eating, and portion control.
Importantly, the people in this video appear to be a lot less stressed than we are. There are also lessons here about manners, and polite social behavior.

Equipment of the Month: Smart Stick

Smart Stick


CATEGORY: Flexibility, balance, core and strength training.

PORTABILITY: Unweighted or 5 lbs. 60 inches long. Price range is around $20.00 and up. Add this fun piece of equipment to your home gym. Stores easily in a closet.

TYPE OF WORKOUT: Multi-directional. Develops shoulders, core, thighs, legs. To add challenge, use it in combination with a fitball, on balance cushions, or a slider.

BENEFITS: Improve balance and range of motion. Develops flexibility in golfers, kayakers, racquet sports, paddlers and more. Lightweight and portable.

HOW TO USE IT: Click the link to Prism Fitness for Smart Stick video demonstrations. Available for purchase on their website.