Hi Everyone - Well there's a couple of us headed to Kirkwood this upcoming weekend March 28-30 to take the AIARE Level 1 Course at Kirkwood. It's the full first certification course, $315 (great value), stretches across 3 days, and includes hands-on field work to teach proper navigation in the backcountry. We need at least 3 more people to sign-up to keep the date. Please PM me if you're interested!!! They have full touring rentals set ups for $25 too, so it's not a big deal if you don't have the equipment!!!