1-day basic mountaineering course in Seattle

Learn the key skills to become a backcountry traveler, in this basic mountaineering course in Seattle, along Mick, an AMGA certified rock and alpine guide.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


You love hiking but now you dream of becoming a backcountry traveler? Then join me in this indoors basic mountaineering course in Seattle, in the United States. You will start learning the secrets to become a real mountaineer!

This is an 8-hour classroom-based course, in our office. The course will prepare you for a guided, multi-day, overnight peak ascent. Then, you will be able to join me in some adventure to Washington’s mountains.

In our basic mountaineering course in Seattle you will learn key skills, like map and compass navigation. Also, meal preparation, how to pack and what to bring. Most important, after this beginner level course you will be ready to apply what you have learnt out in the mountains!

And there is so much to learn! Along these 8 hours I will teach you the following:

  • Detailed review of clothing and equipment requirements
  • Meal preparation
  • Navigation
  • Understanding mountain dangers
  • Climbing ethics and styles
  • Discussion of land use permits and land management agencies
  • Conditioning and fitness requirements
  • Leave No Trace ethics and principles
  • Trip planning and preparation practice
  • Basic emergency response
  • Glacier rigging and travel

I will deliver the course in lecture format. We will discuss logistics and equipment of glacier mountaineering. Most important, you will learn some important skills you need to travel in glaciated and snowy terrain. This will be the first step in your evolution from hiker to technical mountaineer.

Also, you are expected to run 2 miles at your pace! This will support the physical fitness required for mountaineering.

So, if you are ready for new adventures, contact me! I will be happy to answer any questions you may have about this basic mountaineering course in Seattle. Also, if you want to venture yourself into climbing I offer an introductory indoor climbing course. Check it out!

Price per person

1 Person
90 USD

Group of 2
90 USD

Group of 3
90 USD

Group of 4
90 USD

Group of 5
90 USD

Group of 6
90 USD

Group of 7
90 USD

Group of 8
90 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.


Other details

Meeting point
Kaf Adventures, Seattle
More info

-This is a beginner level course. Any backcountry experience will enhance your ability to learn, but no prior experience is necessary.

Bring the equipment you would use in the mountains to aid in the discussion on mountaineering gear.
You should also bring running shoes, and an outfit to run in rain or shine.

-If you need any gear, I offer full-service rentals.

-The price also includes an Informational Mountaineering Handbook with course curriculum and more! It's a great resource and reference for continuing your education prior to the outing.

-The course is scheduled to run from 9am to 5pm or 10am to 6pm if taking the course in Portland.

-Group maximum size: 24


About the Guide


Mick has traveled the world over in search of the perfect mountain experience. After working for years under other companies’ ethos and philosophies, nothing quite fit with his personal convictions and passions. In 2006 he set out on his own to make his vision of the holistic mountain experience a reality for anyone who shared his passion for the outdoors.

Having traveled all over the U.S. as the son of a railroad employee, Mick is accustomed to movement and new views. Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Taiwan, Europe, South America, Tanzania are some of the places and cultures that have shaped and influenced Mick.

Currently, Mick resides in Seattle, WA managing Kaf Adventures and continuing to hold the vision of this ever evolving company. He works tirelessly to continue to provide world-class experiences that provide knowledge and a greater perspective of the great outdoors.

Mick’s true passion is education. He has found a unique passion for educating aspiring instructors and guides in the U.S. You will find him outside helping new leaders gain confidence in their ability to make decisions in complex environments.

When he is not in the field (where he spends over 100 days a year) you can find him creating electronic music and making people dance. Mick has a habit of making those around him smile, and you might just wonder when he sleeps!

Mick is an American Mountain Guide Association certified Rock and Alpine Guide, SPI Program Provider, AMGA Instructor Team Member, LNT Master trainer, a Wilderness First Responder, a certified Level 3 AIARE avalanche graduate, an instructor for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, and speaks Spanish and a little Swahili.

FROM 90 USD per person


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