I know you are bit north of me but I am running a splitboarding course that covers all of the basics including avalanche awareness, map and compass skills, survival and weather. It is a 2 day course with the first day being basically an evening indoor course and the second day is a full day field trip splitting on Mt. St Helens or Hood, depending on conditions. This is regularly a $400 course but I will offer this to any forum member for $200. I also work with The Mountain Shop in Portland for any rental gear a person may need at a discount.
2 of us will be coming from CO for this in the next couple years. Between now and then is some learnin' and gear purchasin'. Really stoked that you do this. This year we plan on a couple trips to Silverton to get our feet wet. (maybe Berthoud/Loveland with Linvillegorge too!) That is if it gets cold or snows...
Thx for the liberry list guys.
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