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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-05-2011, 04:11 PM
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You'll receive a Level I certificate no matter what Level I class you take. All avy schools do that.

Exum Guides are in rarified air. You are talking about the best of the best with that group. There are just a few outfits that can stand with them. So yeah, you can't go wrong with Exum. I would highly recommend learning from them.
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Oops...mind was thinking it but I didn't type it. I asked if the class at JH was aiare cert and the answer I got was yes. For +1k it better be!

Thanks for opining on exum
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Sorry for slightly off topic
So how does the AST Level I Avalanche course compare to the Aiare Level I?

Im looking at doing the AST Course next winter as that is the only one provided in the area ill be in Japan.
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Don't know much about the ast lvl 1 course but I just did some quick reading and it seems like its recognized by the CAC (Canadian Avalanche Centend. to that end I'm not sure its associated with aiare? Then again you said this will be in japan so perhaps there's a bit more recognition to it.
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The AST course is basically the Canadian version of AIARE from what I understand. Canada is also at the forefront with avalanche science and most US programs are basing their curriculum from Canadian ones. So yeah, it's a quality course to go with AST.
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Sweet good to hear ill going to a quality course
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I can't speak to the backcountry course but I did the Steep n Deep camp a few years ago and looking back now, believe I got a bargain for it. I'm sure whichever guide you choose will be money well spent.
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Don't forget to move to Hawaii after you're done with your avy training ... not much in the way of demand, but you'll have the market cornered!
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