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, Wilderness First responder. PSIA level 1 certified, and is a Leave No Trace Trainier. Worked previously on the Snow Safety Team for the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and Tailgate Alaska.

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.