Intermediate avalanche course in Washington state

Join Mick, a certified rock and alpine guide AMGA, in this intermediate avalanche course in Washington, either in Mount Baker, Snoqualmie Pass or Stevens Pass backcountry.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range

Cascade Range

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    If you already know the essentials for avalanche awareness, join me in this intermediate avalanche course in Washington state. Now we will get out and practice in the field!

    This 1-day course will take place either in Mount Baker Ski Area, Snoqualmie Pass or Stevens Pass backcountry, perfect spots for our program.

    Our intermediate avalanche course in Washington state will expound on topics covered during our introductory avalanche course. Whether you ski, snowshoe, or splitboard, this course will give essential safety skills.

    I will help you develop a base for decision making in backcountry terrain. Then, at the end of the day, you will be able to examine snow layers and identify avalanche terrain. Also, you will be introduced to companion rescue techniques.

    Throughout the day I will teach you the following:

    • Assessing avalanche terrain
    • How to use avalanche forecast bulletins
    • Travel protocol and basic route selection
    • Current snowpack situation and weather effects
    • Utilization of probing, beacon and shoveling
    • Snowpack layering
    • Companion recovery techniques

    We will meet at a point convenient for all participants. I will help you coordinate carpools and we will drive for about 2.30 hours or less. Please note you will need chains for your vehicle. We will drive on plowed roads to summit passes.

    First, before the trip, we will meet for an avalanche assessment at a pre-established location. Once in the location, after a beacon check, we will study avalanche terrain and observation clues.

    Then, after lunch, we will discuss snow pack observations. Besides, after a mid day tour, you will learn the basics of beacon use and rescue.

    We plan to ascend and descend up to 300 metres throghout the day. We will make some stops for education in a cold environment. For about 30 minutes at a time, we will stand in the snow. Then, we will have long periods of movement.

    Contact me if you want to join me in this intermediate avalanche course in Washington state. It’s a really useful training if you are going into avalanche terrain!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    215 USD

    Group of 2
    215 USD

    Group of 3
    215 USD

    Group of 4
    215 USD

    Group of 5
    215 USD

    Group of 6
    215 USD

    Group of 7
    215 USD

    Group of 8
    215 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     

    Other details

     
    More info

    Group Size-Maximum: 12 people

    The price also includes avalanche safety handouts to add to your home library and a group snow study kit.

    The Introductory Avalanche Course is required before taking this course or previous experience.

    We usually meet at 6.30 am and we are usually back home by 9 pm.

    Required equipment:

    -Snowshoes with waterproof boots (we recommend insulated boots)

    -Skis, boots, and bindings (metal edge skis, plastic boots, and Randonee/alpine touring/downhill Telemark bindings) Cross-country skis will not work for backcountry tours.

    -Splitboard with adjustable bindings that move into “tour” mode efficiently (Soft boots are ok, and hard boots are preferred)

    -Personal avalanche safety gear: beacon, probe, and shovel.

    -Personal layers

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

     

    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 215 USDper person
     

     

    What People are Saying about -Mick Pearson

     

    Kaf Adventures is fantastic. I could not have asked for a better experience with my Intermediate Mountaineering class I took with Kaf. The instructors were knowledgeable, excellent teachers, supportive, and fun. I felt like I was in excellent hands. And I actually got the chance to use my new skills on our climb of Mount Baker, as I took a short fall and self-arrested! I had a great time climbing Mount Baker and improving my mountaineering skills with Kaf. Highly recommended.
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    Jonathan Todd
    Just took an intermediate rock climbing course.  What a fantastic class.  Our instructor was Joel and we started off covering all the different types of gear, static vs dynamic force, etc. before going into how to correctly and safely use it.  There were only 3 of us and with an 8 hour day we got lots of practice in. Joel was super patient and adapted the class to our skill level and the questions we had.    I walked away feeling like I could do this on my own safely.  Cannot recommend Kaf enough, if you\'re thinking of transitioning to outdoor climbing, call them up
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    Grace C
    Just took an intermediate rock climbing course.  What a fantastic class.  Our instructor was Joel and we started off covering all the different types of gear, static vs dynamic force, etc. before going into how to correctly and safely use it.  There were only 3 of us and with an 8 hour day we got lots of practice in. Joel was super patient and adapted the class to our skill level and the questions we had.    I walked away feeling like I could do this on my own safely.  Cannot recommend Kaf enough, if you\'re thinking of transitioning to outdoor climbing, call them up
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    Grace C.
    I just got back from a 3-day Mountaineering Intermediate course on Mt. Baker, and I couldn\'t be happier that Kaf Adventures lead the way. Weather was ideal the first 2 days but on summit day the decision was made to stay put as conditions were questionable and miserable. Our 3 guides (Joel, Archer and Todd) were absolutely fantastic - extremely knowledgeable and high-energy and I loved how they infused the trip with their own personalities and experiences. They were constantly assessing and checking in with us to make sure we were all comfortable physically, mentally, spiritually. :) It was a feeling of complete comfort, which was most welcome in an environment I\'m naturally a little terrified of. Can\'t wait for my Rainier climb with Kaf, and to take more courses. I definitely recommend them, and can\'t say enough good things!
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