Trip Leader Orientation


Trip Leader Orientation - Snohomish County PUD

Two-hour classroom orientation for new or aspiring Everett Scrambling trip leaders.

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.
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)


Snohomish County PUD
2320 California Street, downtown Everett

Have you developed your mountaineering skills and experience to the point where you’d like to plan and lead your own trips?  Do you have good organizational, communications, time management, risk assessment & group dynamics skills?  Are you “not sure”, but curious in learning more about what it would eventually take to qualify as a scrambling Trip Leader?

Being just two hours, the session will certainly not be an attempt to discuss & develop all the skills of becoming an effective leader. However, it will provide insight into what skills are needed and valuable, how to get to that point with a minimum of “learning lessons the hard way”, and will provide a step-by-step guide on using the Mentored Process to qualify as a Scrambling Trip Leader.

The orientation is open to Scrambling & Basic Climbing graduates, as well as Scrambling & Basic Climbing students.

Trip Leader requirements are as follows:

> Be a graduate of the Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing class

> Have completed 4 snow scrambles (or basic climbs) + 4 rock scrambles (or basic climbs)

> Have a current MOFA / WFA certification

> Participate in instruction of at least one Alpine Scrambling field trip

> Attend this Trip Leader Orientation, or an equivalent or broader club leadership seminar

> Fulfill assistant leader role on one scrambling trip

> Successfully lead one mentored scramble trip

Topics covered at the Trip Leader Orientation will include:

> Good leadership characteristics

> Trip leadership skills

> Leadership styles

> Teamwork / Group Dynamics / Conflict Resolution

> Safety & emergency preparedness

> Risk Assessment

> Time Management

> The “Mentored Trip” process

> Trip Scenario problem-solving discussions

Bring a thumb drive to transfer important leadership-related files.


Snohomish County PUD

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