Instructor Qualifications

Ian Nicholson

The Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC), Mountain Madness, Northwest Mountain School, North Cascade Mountain Guides

Seattle, WA

ian@supertopo.com

(206) 852-2342 (Hm)

AIARE Qualifications:

Level 1 Course Leader
Level 2 Course Leader

Other Qualifications:

IFMGA/UIAGM Licensed mountain guide (AMGA certified Alpine, Rock and Ski guide), Northwest Avalanche Center Professional Observer, have worked previously on the Snow Safety Team for the Alaska Avalanche Information Center for Tailgate Alaska. AMGA National Instructor Team memeber, Wilderness First responder. PSIA level 1 certified, and is a Leave No Trace Trainier.

Biography:

The first thing you will quickly realize about Ian is his never-ending stoke to be out sharing the mountains with people, whether on rock, on glaciers or on skis; and his passion to be out in the mountains has been known to spur people to greater heights. Ian is an internationally licensed IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide, meaning he is certified as an Alpine, Rock and Ski guide through the AMGA. Some of Ian's experience ranges from having established over a half-dozen first ascents in his home range of the Cascades as well as opening new routes in farther-off regions such as the Waddington Range, Patagonia and the Alaska Range. Ian has also authored a local climbing guidebook entitled SuperTopo: Washington Pass Climbing and is a writer for OutdoorGearLab and Climbing Magazine. Ian is AIARE Level III certified, a Wilderness First Responder, A Northwest Avalanche Center(NWAC) Professional Observer, is an AIARE Level 1 and Level 2 Course Leader, has worked previously on the Snow Safety Team for the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and Tailgate Alaska, and is a LNT Trainer.