Most Northwest mountain summits are accessible by scramble routes. In this course you will learn how to reach those non-technical snow and rock summits. Comprehensive instruction includes proper equipment and clothing, route finding, avalanche awareness and avoidance, rock and off-trail scrambling, snow travel, ice-ax arrest, glissade techniques and wilderness ethics. Alpine scrambles are moderate to strenuous outings involving off-trail travel. They are generally summit oriented with class 2 or 3 climbing on rock or equally exposed snow slopes. Scrambles do not involve travel over glaciers or rock where a climbing harness and roped protection are called for. Scrambles often visit many of the same destinations as technical climbs, just using different routes.
This is a great course. Lots of fun and challenges. See www.tacomamountaineers.org for more info and for class schedule. Lectures are on 4-2, 4-16, 4-30 and 5-14. Exam on 5-28. Field trips 4-12, 4-26, 5-3, 5-17/18 and 5-31.
Do not buy gear prior to hearing first lecture.
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