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.
2011 Alpine Climbing and Scrambling
Chairman: Jeff Wilhelm, TheStonyman@gmail.com
---Information Sessions: Plan to attend one of our 7 p.m. information sessions on Nov. 3, Dec. 1, 2010 or Jan. 5, 2011 (Required for young people 14-17 years old). All three sessions will be at the Tacoma Clubhouse. The sessions provide you with the opportunity hear the details about the Scrambles course and schedule, meet with instructors and ask questions. Young people between the ages of 14-17 and their parent or guardian must attend one of the information sessions.
---Eligibility Requirements: Course participants must be at least 14 years old. (Those under 18 must complete the Junior Application Supplement and attend an information night with a parent or legal guardian. To receive the Junior Application Supplement, contact course Chair Jeff Wilhelm, firstname.lastname@example.org
---2011 Class Schedule and Cost:
>-Club member-$140*, Non member-$250*
>-Lecture #1---Wed, Feb 09---6:30pm
>-Lecture #2---Wed, Feb 23---6:30pm
>-Rock 1 Field Trip---Sat, Mar 12---7:30am
>-Lecture #3---Wed, Mar 16---6:30pm
>-Snow 1 Field Trip---Sat, Mar 26---7:30am
>-Lecture #4---Wed, Apr 6---6:30pm
>-Rock 2 Field Trip---Sat, Apr 9---7:30am
>-Final Exam---Wed, Apr 13---6:30pm
>-Overnight Field Trip---Sat/Sun, May 14/15---7:30am
>-Snow 2 Field Trip---Sat, Jun 11---7:30am
(All lectures and final exam will be at the Tacoma Clubhouse)
---Materials & Equipment: A student handout is provided as part of the course. The course textbook, purchased by the student, is Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills, 7th or 8th Edition. Equipment requirements for each student will be emailed prior to the start of the course. Equipment necessary for the course includes a large daypack, sturdy mountaineering boots, crampons, climbing helmet, ice ax, synthetic or wool outdoor clothing, rain gear, first-aid kit, compass, and various other items. Equipment information will be discussed at the first lecture. It is recommended that you NOT purchase new items prior to the first lecture.
---Physical Fitness: This course requires decent physical conditioning. Start walking now to be ready for class.
1. Attend and pass all scheduled lectures and field trips,
2. Score 75% or more on the Final Exam,
3. Satisfactorily complete a Mountaineer conditioner hike,
4. Satisfactorily complete three required Mountaineer scrambles,
5. Satisfactorily complete the Navigation course,
6. Satisfactorily complete the MOFA course,
7. Participate in day of trail, lodge or lookout maintenance,
8. Approval by the Tacoma Mountaineers Alpine Climbing and Scrambles Committee,
*The course fee includes a student handout but does not include the course textbook, membership dues for The Mountaineers or equipment and clothing. Two additional courses with separate costs are required for graduation: Navigation and MOFA.