Snowshoeing course in Washington state for beginners

Join this 3-day AIARE avalanche course in Washington state and learn to manage avalanche hazards, along Mark, a certified rock and apine guide AMGA.

 
 

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Trip Duration

1 day

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
     

    Would you like to try snowshoeing for the first time? Then join me in this 1-day snowshoeing course in Washington state for beginners!

    The activity will take place either at North Cascades, Mount Rainier, Hurricane Ridge (Olympic National Park) or Mount Baker (Snoqualmie National Forest). We will meet at one of these great locations in the USA, ride convenient for all participants.

    This snowshoeing course in Washington state will give you the skills you need to execute your own trip! It will be much more than an escape to enjoy the beauty of the mountains.

    Along this 8 hours course, you will learn the following:

    • To select and use the necessary gear for a snowshoeing day
    • Snow travel techniques
    • To plan, equip, organize and safely experience a snowshoeing day
    • Leave No Trace practices and winter ecology
    • To stay warm in a winter environment

    First, we will meet for a pre-trip avalanche assessment. It will take place at a pre-established location. Then, we will discuss snowshoe technique and how to be safe in a winter environment. We will have lunch and we will continue with classes on navigation and winter ecology.

    As this is a snowshoeing course for beginners, the plan is to ascend and descend to 300 metres or more throughout the day. Also, I will make longer stops to explain some important points about cold environment.

    Along this 8 hours activity, we will stand in the snow for up to 20 minutes at a time. Then, we will have long periods of physical movement.

    Our plan is to drive up to 2.30 hours or less to the location. We usually drive as caravan as all driving takes place on plowed roads to summit passes. Therefore, your vehicle will require chains.

    So, once we are there, the fun will start! And I guarantee at the end of the day you will know how to organize a great and safe snowshoeing day!

    Contact me and let’s start planning this unforgettable trip! I will be happy to answer your questions about the program. And if you are looking for a mountaineering experience, I offer a 4-day trip in Mount Rainier.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    195 USD

    Group of 2
    195 USD

    Group of 3
    195 USD

    Group of 4
    195 USD

    Group of 5
    195 USD

    Group of 6
    195 USD

    Group of 7
    195 USD

    Group of 8
    195 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     

    Other details

     
    Meeting point

    To be defined

    More info

    Group Size: maximum 12 people

    The price also includes snowshoes and a trekking pole.

    You should bring:

    -Waterproof boots (I recommend insulated boots)

    -Personal layers

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

    We will coordinate transportation and times by email, when I send the pre-trip announcement to all registrants.

    Age

    Adult courses: 18+, or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval

    Youth courses: from 12 to 18

     

    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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