Scrambling Rope Techniques Seminar


Scrambling Rope Techniques Seminar - Online Classroom

Evening virtual seminar on techniques & considerations for using a rope to assist an intimidated party member on scrambling terrain. Note: Skills checks are not possible during COVID crisis. Thus, this seminar is for info & learning only, and may not fully satisfy requirements for qualifying as a scramble leader.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
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6:30 - 9:00 PM (virtual)

This virtual seminar will focus on how to use a rope and a few other lightweight pieces of climbing gear for assisting an intimidated participant on a scrambling descent. This is the stand-alone seminar portion of the Scrambling Rope Techniques Workshop. It is intended for scrambling leaders (and aspiring leaders), very experienced scramblers, and climbers. 

The Mountaineers values providing low-to-no cost opportunities for our members. In the current state of our world, our ability to continue providing these programs relies on the availability of limited resources. If you find this event valuable, please consider a donation to support the future of our programs. Gifts of all sizes make a big difference. You can donate anytime at www.mountaineers/donate.

Topics for the seminar include:

  • Safety tenets, limitations & decision-making
  • Rope management differences in scrambling vs climbing
  • Equipment
  • Knots
  • Descent techniques without belay
  • Belay techniques
  • Snow techniques
  • Misc. techniques (hand line, traversing, water crossings)

To complete the full Scrambling Ropes Technique Workshop, you will also need to complete a separate skills check. Please contact the leader with any questions and information about upcoming opportunities to participate in a skills check.

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Computer with speaker, microphone, and camera, as well as connection to high-speed internet.

Participants should prepare by reviewing  (or learning about):

> Knots (water, double fisherman, klemheist, prusik, girth hitch, bowline, rewoven Figure 8, Figure 8 on a bight, butterfly, munter hitch) 

> Protected Downclimb technique, Arm rappel, Dulfersitz rappel

> Boot-axe belay, Carabiner-axe belay, Hip belay, Munter belay

> Deadman anchor in snow

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