Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course - Foothills (Eastside) - 2020

Scrambling Course

Compressed Alpine Scrambling Course

This course covers the same curriculum of skills as the regular Scramble Course but in a compressed format.

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 course.

The Compressed Alpine Scramble Course (CASC) allows students to learn the same skills as the standard course, but with instruction taking place over one half-day lecture, a full weekend (Sat and Sun), and an Experience Field Trip (Sat or Sun).    You will learn safe off-trail travel in both snow and rock and how to use an ice ax in to arrest allowing you to reach the majority of the peaks in the Cascades.  

Due to the challenges of CASC, students are expected to demonstrate excellent physical conditioning – such as being able to achieve 2,000 feet in elevation gain in a reasonable time with a pack in each of two consecutive days as well as other strenuous physical activities during the field trips. One test is hiking Mt. Si in 2 hours or less with a pack carrying 15% of your body weight.  Due to the timing of this course, students should sign up for Wilderness Navigation and Wilderness First Aid early in the season. Students must complete Wilderness Navigation before the Experience Field Trip.  

Please note:  the April 25th field trips are a back up date for poor weather.  Students should hold this date on their calendars.

No refunds will be offered after February 22.  If the course price is a hardship for you, please seek a course scholarship.  More information is available here:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment
  1. 10 Essentials
  2. Climbing Helmet
  3. Ice Axe
  4. Mountaineering Boots
  5. Crampons
  6. Micropspikes


Course Materials
2020 Foothills Scramble Student Handbook

2020 Foothills Scramble Student Handbook