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Backcountry classes in Issaquah/Sammimish?
My friends and I are hoping to start get more into some backcountry skiing around Alpental, Crystal, Baker, and other local mtns. But most of our parents want and it is smart to take a backcountry class to get some kind of experience before we go out there. I looked on rei's website but I don't think they have any classes close to us. So if anyone knows of any then let me know and that'd be great.
thanks for that man but were lookin for somethin a little more basic like a one day thing and less money or free
No offense, but you have the wrong mindset if you want to safely travel in the bc.
Take a full class, get learned and practice, practice, practice.
Reminds me of some kids I rode the lift with at Alpental last spring. They said they didn't need avy classes or equipment to ride the bc, because their dad had been riding Alpental for 20 years and he knew where everything was...
To reiterate, take a full level 1 class. For your sake, the sake of your friends, and your parents.
it sucks that avalanche training and gear is so expensive but avalanche safety is an enormous subject and a three day class is honestly the minimum amount of education necessary to start going out into the bc.
i am taking a ski touring class with pro guiding right now and i highly recommend them, they have great teachers and its cool to be based out of alpental.
you guys are prob right. the only reason why im hesitating is because it costs lots of money. also when it says 3 day class you don't stay with them overnight do you? Do you go home and come back the next day and stuff?
It costs a lot of money, yes. But it is information that will help keep you, your friends, and anyone else in the bc around you safer. You can't put a price tag on your life, and that is something you should stress to your parents. If you really want to be out in the bc safely, do it right.
Pro Guiding used to hold "Day 1" at their shop on a Friday evening, but now that the courses are a full 3 days, they are all held at Alpental I believe. And yes, you would need transportation to and from Alpental each day for the class if you signed up with Pro Guiding in North Bend.
alright thanks for the info ill look into it some more
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