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Introductory avalanche course in Seattle

Learn the basics of avalanche awareness in this 3 hours avalanche course in Seattle, Washington state, with Mick, a certified rock and alpine guide AMGA.

Duration1/2 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Type of tripNot specified


If you are a backcountry traveler, you should be aware of avalanche risk! So I invite you to join me in this introductory avalanche course in Seattle.

This is a great classroom based lecture. You shouldn’t miss it if you are going to be exposed to avalanche terrain! It’s a beginner level course, so you don’t need any previous experience. However, any backcountry knowledge will boost your learning.

Along 3 hours, I will give you key information on avalanche awareness!  Most important, we will cover the following topics:

  • Discussion of avalanche terrain
  • Avalanche statistics and human factors
  • Weather patterns
  • Avalanche terminology
  • Snow pack layers
  • Obvious clues and red flags
  • Avalanche bulletins
  • Travel protocol
  • Decision making framework
  • Avalanche accident case study

I will give the lecture at Kaf Adventures, in Seattle, Washington state. Then, at the end of the class, you will have tools to decide if conditions are safe to travel. Also, a better awareness of avalanche warnings. Most important, you will have a base to avoid and/or recognize avalanche threats.

So, if you are going to be in contact with avalanche terrain, join me in this avalanche course in Seattle! I will be happy to answer your questions. I also offer a 1-day snowshoeing course for beginners! You should check it out!

More info

Price includes 3 hours classroom lecture and free parking. Group Size- Maximum: 24 people I suggest you to bring something on which to take notes. These are helpful for future reference and as guidelines during your avalanche education.

Meeting point

Kaf Adventures, Seattle, WA



About the guide

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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.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 217 each

Group of 2

USD 217 each

Group of 3

USD 217 each

Group of 4

USD 57 each

Group of 5

USD 57 each

Group of 6

USD 57 each

Group of 7

USD 57 each

Group of 8

USD 57 each

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