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.
Climbing Information Nights at 7:00pm: Dec 13, 2012, Jan 10, 2013 and a Feb 2013 TBS. All three sessions will be at the Mountaineer Facility, 2302 N. 30th St, Tacoma WA. These sessions provide you with the opportunity hear 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. Physical Fitness: This course requires decent physical conditioning. Start walking now to be ready for class.
2013 Class Schedule and Cost: Lecture #1---Mar 20 at 6:30pm; Lecture #2---Apr 3 at 6:30pm; Rock Field Trip---Sat, Apr 6 at 7:30am: Lecture #3---Apr 18 at 6:30pm; Snow Field Trip---Sat, Apr 20 at 7:30am; Lecture #4---May 1 at 6:30pm: Rock 2 Field Trip---Sat, May 4---7:30am; Final Exam---May 15---6:30pm; Overnight Field Trip---Sat/Sun, May 18/19---7:30am; Snow 2 Field Trip---Sat, Jun 1---7:30am (All lectures and final exam will be at Mountaineer Program Center, 2302 N. 30th St, Tacoma WA. COST: $200.00* club members, $300.00* non-members, *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.
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, 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.
Graduation Requirements: 1. Attend and pass all scheduled lectures and field trips, 2. Score 75% or more on the Final Exam, 3. Successfully complete a Mountaineer conditioner hike, 4. Successfully complete three required Mountaineer scrambles, 5. Successfully complete the Navigation course, 6. Successfully complete the MOFA/1st Aid Course, 7. Participate in day of trail, lodge or lookout maintenance, 8. Graduation packet approval by the Tacoma Mountaineers Alpine