Advanced Scramble Course - Seattle
10/01/10 - 09/30/12
Seattle Alpine Scrambling
Member: $175.00 / Non Member: $0.00
Cancellation and Refund Policy
Alpine Scramblers wishing to develop confidence and abilities for safe and efficient movement on steeper rock and hard snow are invited to sign up for the Advanced Scrambling Course.
This is a modular program of advancement – Modules may be taken in any order (with exception of the hard snow module, it requires the rock and protection module as a prerequisite). It is expected that the student will develop their skills over a period of about two to three years in completing this course.
The students completing this course have done very well in advancing their abilities as well as in becoming leaders.
This course provides a pathway to becoming a scramble leader that does not involve or require taking the Basic Climbing Course. A student who is nearing completion of the Advanced Scrambling and Leadership Course may submit an application to become a scramble leader with the approval of the Advanced Scramble Committee.
Leader permission is REQUIRED.
If you are on the participant list you have been granted permission to take this course.
Course schedule: please refer to individual module posted:
Module 1 (March) Winter bivy and Shelter construction.
Module 2 (May) Injured Scrambler Rescue.
Module 3 (June) Rock and Snow anchors.
Module 4 (September) Hard snow and Ice travel.
Successful completion of Basic Scramble Course, Introduction to Alpine Climbing, or Basic Climbing Course.
Successful completion of Navigation Course.
Successful completion of MOFA Course or Remote Medical Institute
Course Summary / Highlights:
1. Four course modules, consisting of three full-day or one full-weekend field trips each proceeded by an evening informational session.
2. Note that completion of AIARE Avalanche Level One Course. as well as completion of Navigation and a Leadership preparation seminar must be attended in order to complete this course.
3. The subjects to be covered are:
Module1 Winter Scramble Shelter construction: Topics appropriate for winter scrambling and emergency bivy techniques…clothing, equipment, tips on comfort /survival. You will become confident of your abilities to survive an unplanned overnight winter bivouac by learning how to construct an emergency winter shelter and will stay in the shelter you construct. This is NOT a snow cave exercise. Next day Avy awareness and route planning w/navigational tools (map, gps etc)
Module2 Injured Scrambler Rescue: (NEW) Using all of the skills learned in Basic Scramble and/or Climbing courses as well as other modules of this course. Students will learn to rescue and evacuate an injured scrambler. Anyone that has taken MOFA or WFA will already have the education of how to check for injury and administer first aid.
Module3 Rock and Snow protection: participants learn appropriate rock and snow skills (on steeper terrain) such as use of the scramble rope and setting rock and snow anchors for safety. Participants also learn emergency use of the rope, belayed lowering, simple rappel techniques, setting fixed lines, and running belays. These are skills a scramble leader needs to have to be effective in varied and mixed terrain and conditions.
Module4 Hard snow and Ice: We will learn the ineffectiveness of hard snow ice ax self arrest. You will develop confidence and skill in efficient and safe movement on hard snow/summer ice using French crampon and piolet techniques.
Participants learn hard snow emergency belay techniques, safe travel techniques, and lowering methods.
Avalanche Level One module: AIARE certification training meeting the American Avalanche Association level One standard is required to complete the course.
Leadership training module: Potential Scramble leader development. Teaching methods for safety and group management of the Scramble party.
Practical Navigation module: (Nav Course) This is an optional module. Developing practical route finding, map reading, and GPS skills in the student to prepare them for leadership. The Advanced Scramble Subcommittee will tailor this module to fit scrambler needs.
• All Modules except the Level one Avalanche, Navigation, and Leadership modules are available separately for $75 each to qualified scramblers not enrolled in the course with prior permission of the Advanced Scramble Subcommittee or ASC Chairperson. Enrolled students will have priority on any field trip or seminar.
• The Avalanche Level One is offered separately as a Course by the Seattle Branch and other branches. Check to see if the course you are anticipating meets the American Avalanche Association requirements with the course administrator.
• Modules will be posted twice on the Mountaineers website. Once for those already signed up for the entire course and once for those that want to sign up for a particular module and pay. The Program Center is no longer able to take payments over the phone. You MUST sign up through one of the posts in order to attend the class(s).
Course Dates for 2011
• Leadership Seminar: Lecture dates TBD (Taken separately).
• Avalanche Level One: (AIARE) Lecture dates TBD (Taken separately).
• Bivy and Shelter Module: Field trip with overnight bivy March 12 and 13, 2011.
Pre Field trip meeting at Magnuson Thursday March 3, 2011 at 7pm for gear sort and how to’s.
• Rock and Snow Protection Module: June 5, 2011 (Sunday-second day of Teanaway Field trip for the Basic Alpine Scramble Course)
Pre field trip meeting Thursday June 3, at 7pm at Magnuson Program Center to review techniques.
• Injured Scramblers Rescue Module: Field trip with hands on scenario May 7, 2011.
Pre Field trip meeting at Magnuson Program Center Saturday May 5, 2011 at 7pm for gear check and demo.
• Hard Snow/Ice Module: September 10, 2011 (Saturday-Nisqually Glacier, Mt. Rainier NP) alt date TBD.
Pre Field trip meeting Thursday September 1, at 7pm at the Magnuson Program Center.
• Effective Navigation Module: TBA
• Graduation Requirements: Successful completion of all modules two years or less. One Rock and one Snow scramble. At least one time assist instructing at Basic Scramble or Advanced Scramble class. Successful completion of AIARE Avy L1 course. Current MOFA/WFA card. Mentorship required to be Scramble Leader.
For most students, two years is the expected time needed to develop skills and to experience the varying alpine conditions required to complete and graduate from the complete Advanced Scrambling and Leadership Course. No graduation is anticipated after only one year of participation as a student, unless the scrambler has come into the course with at least five years demonstrated participation in scrambling or climbing.
There are several reasons to be interested in this course:
1. The course provides additional mountaineering training and scramble experience at a higher level.
2. It provides leadership training to those scramblers who do not wish to go onto Basic Climbing but who wish to prepare for and participate in higher end scrambles. This course is very good preparation for going on to take Climbing at either the Basic or Intermediate level.
3. It provides for Winter Scramble and avalanche training to the American Avalanche Association Level One, especially for those interested in leading or participating in Winter Scrambles.
4. It offers an alternative to Basic climbing graduation/equivalency as a qualifying credential for leading alpine scrambles.
Questions or more info: go to Contact Us page. If you have questions contact Steve Cherkas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.914.1138