Touring Leadership 1  // 2022 

Touring Leadership 1 (TLI), the first intro to winter-touring from Climbers of Color focuses on equipping leaders with skills and procedures to explore and ride terrain where they seek it.

Whether on the southern flank of Takhoma or deep in old-growth forest in Snoqualmie Territory, the topics TL1 will cover include (but not limited to):
  • Building a touring group
  • Intro to NWAC or your local avalanche center
  • Tour planning, route finding & navigation
  • Intro to mountain weather forecasts and avalanche forecasts
  • Setting safe and efficient skin-tracks
  • Companion Rescue scenarios and beacon FAQs
  • Gear selection considerations and much more.

Participants who sign up for this course will likely have different background knowledge on these skillsets and our goal will be to leave with the same understanding and competencies, as a group, together.
Registration: Now open for all sessions

Dates & Locations​: 

1 evening lecture at the Mountaineers + 2 field days

  • March 11-13, 2022 (Snoqualmie Pass)
  • March 18-20, 2022 (Snoqualmie Pass)
  • March 25-27, 2022 (Bagely Lakes)
Tuition:  $375-$475 (sliding scale)
  • Be able to safely descend black-diamond terrain in variable conditions (pow, ice, crust, etc.)

  • Alpine-touring compatible gear (see gear list)

  • Hike 4000’ ft over 7 hours w/ 20lb pack

Course Itinerary & FAQs (PDF)
Gear List (PDF)

Meet the Instructor

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Cal' Smith

Co-director of Snow Programs

AMGA Apprentice Alpine guide, Wilderness First Responder, AIARE Pro 1 and AIARE ITC Candidate

Questions? Email
We partner with Miyar Adventures to run this class and it's sessions and therefore, we follow Miyar Adventures cancellation policies.

This is not an AIARE Level 1/Companion Rescue course. The focus of TL1 is to develop critical thinking and decision-making skills in the backcountry alongside becoming a competent team member and backcountry leader. Although aspects of backcountry travel/snow safety and awareness will be covered, by no means does this course cover the material an AIARE Level 1 or a Companion Rescue course provide. We at Climbers of Color encourage you to seek a dedicated avalanche course like those prior to TL1 to properly help further your leadership skills in the backcountry. This 2021-2022 winter season, we will be offering AIARE 1 classes for those looking to attain more avalanche education prior to taking this course. Registration for those sessions will open in mid-December 2021 and will take place prior to all TL1 sessions, which occur mid to late March.