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.




Trip Duration

1/2 day

People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

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

Type of Trip

Not 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!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    210 USD

    Group of 2
    210 USD

    Group of 3
    210 USD

    Group of 4
    55 USD

    Group of 5
    55 USD

    Group of 6
    55 USD

    Group of 7
    55 USD

    Group of 8
    55 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee

    Other details

    Meeting point

    Kaf Adventures, Seattle, WA

    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.


    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.



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    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
    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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    Ines T.
    My next second training was an Intro to Mountaineering 3 day trip at Mt Baker. Our group included 5 clients, 3 instructors (Paul, Matt and Archer) and 1 Kaf intern (Austin). The Kaf team members were absolutely delightful people - very knowledgeable, approachable, patient and inspiring.  They did an excellent job preparing us for the mountain as well as keeping us safe & in high spirits despite some pretty gnarly weather that rolled through! Our summit attempt was cancelled due to a storm that hit Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, but they kept us busy with training the entire time (not to mention very well fed!) The third training was a 3 night trip up Mt Rainier via Emmons Glacier. Paul, Archer and Austin again led our group (3 clients) up, up and to the summit! They were very attentive to everyone\'s condition the entire time - climbing Rainier was physically & mentally exhausting, and they knew when to encourage us to press on & hold back when needed. I definitely plan to climb more mountains in the NW and continue my training through Kaf Adventures. Absolutely recommend them to anyone who\'s excited to learn how to handle themselves up high
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