Scrambling Rope Techniques Workshop - Snohomish County PUD


Scrambling Rope Techniques Workshop - Snohomish County PUD

A 6-hour leader workshop (indoor + outdoor) covering usage of an emergency descent rope in scrambling terrain.

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Snohomish County PUD (2320 California Street, downtown Everett)


This workshop will cover usage of an emergency descent rope (and a few other lightweight pieces of climbing gear) in scrambling terrain. Includes decision-making criteria for determining if the situation & terrain are appropriate for using a rope. Intended for Everett branch scrambling leaders and prospective leaders; cannot guarantee spots for other branches but will accommodate if possible. Leader permission required -- let us know your background & training.


  • 9:30am Indoor knot practice (for most participants) (PUD)
  • 10:15am Indoor knot practice (for more-experienced participants)
  • 11:00am Slide show (Considerations in using rope)
  • 11:30am Lunch break / travel to Forest Park
  • 12:30pm Outdoor skills check (include “frightened scrambler” scenario)
  • 2:30-3:00pm Wrap-up


  • Climbing Gear for scrambling
  • Rope usage (Scrambling vs Climbing)
  • Hazards of rope usage in Scrambling
  • Knots
  • Mountaineers scrambling diaper harness & emergency rope descent system
  • Low-angle rappel techniques (arm, dulfersitz)
  • Low-angle belay techniques (boot-axe, carabiner-axe, hip, Munter)
  • Anchors -- trees, snow, rock

Snohomish County PUD

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Boots
  • Diaper harness
  • Locking carabiner
  • Prusik loop
  • Sling
  • Ice Axe
  • Bring a scrambling descent rope if you have one.
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